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a documentary on Pancho Gonzalez, in case anyone is interested.
 
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Thanks :D

I wish I had known it was going to be on ahead of time, it would have been something interesting to tape. Oh well :)
 

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Maybe it'll show again. I only saw it when it started.
 

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My bad, I just asked this in the "Blast to the Past" forum. I caught a mini part of it during a commercial break watching "Threshold".

The part I saw was an older Pancho demanding a recess to a match because of growing darkness. He almost threw a tandrum. It was agreed and the next day he won the match. Did anyone catch who he was playing (some guy who cried after he lost).
 

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I saw it, not much on tennis but on how Pancho dealt with racism when he played.I am only 19 but i have heard so many stories on Pancho Gonzalez, seems like he was a legend back in his hey-day, powerful serve and accurate.I would recommend it for those that havent seen it, i believe they will be a replay tomorrow, dont know the time, check ur time listings.
 

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Tennis Fool said:
My bad, I just asked this in the "Blast to the Past" forum. I caught a mini part of it during a commercial break watching "Threshold".

The part I saw was an older Pancho demanding a recess to a match because of growing darkness. He almost threw a tandrum. It was agreed and the next day he won the match. Did anyone catch who he was playing (some guy who cried after he lost).
Charles Pasarell.
 

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Chloe said:
Charles Pasarell.
And he will forever be known as the guy who cried after he lost to Pancho.

By the way, why do they call him pancho? Because I know his real name isn't Francisco...
 

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alelysafina said:
And he will forever be known as the guy who cried after he lost to Pancho.
That's not how they remember him on the sister board ;)

By the way, why do they call him pancho? Because I know his real name isn't Francisco...
I actually missed the beginning, so I don't know if the mentioned that or not. I wondered if it was somehow derogatory at first though, because there was a long quote at the end that commented how every time he served and hit the ball, he did it for everytime some kid in blah got called pancho, and everytime somebody said he wasn't good enough to date their daughter, and blah. Um, the quote was MUCH nicer than that, but that was the general theme ;)
 

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Okay, I read elsewhere that "Pancho" is indeed derogatory, and was a "nickname" applied to a lot of latino men at that time. Yet somehow it stuck and people still use it for him now.

Somebody else might want to do the fact checking on that, but it sounds about right.
 

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WF4EVER said:
a documentary on Pancho Gonzalez, in case anyone is interested.
Wish I had known! The Tennis Channel also had an hour long program, actually a film on Gonzales, on about a year ago. Also on the Blast From the Past forum here I have a thread on Gonzales with tons of information on his career...check it out and comment on it if you'd like.
 

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Just checked, the show, Pancho Gonzales:the Latin Legend of Tennis will air again on Sept 18th at 2AM and 10:00AM EST.
 
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