Edwin P. Fischer

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Edwin Fischer
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Full name Edwin P. Fischer
Country  United States
Born 1873
New York
Died November 1947 (aged 73 or 74)
New York City
Turned pro 1891 (amateur tour)
Retired 1900
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Singles
Highest ranking No. 5 (1896 U.S. ranking)
Grand Slam Singles results
US Open SF (1896)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US Open W (1894, 1895, 1896, 1898)

Edwin P. Fischer was an American male tennis player who was active in the late 19th century.

Biography[edit]

Edwin Fischer won the mixed doubles title at the U.S. National Championships four times. In 1894, 1895 and 1896 he won the title with Juliette Atkinson and in 1898, he won his fourth title partnering Carrie Neely. The mixed doubles championship was played at the Philadelphia Cricket Club.[1][2]

His best result in the men's singles competition came in 1896 when he reached the semifinals in which he was beaten by later multiple champion Bill Larned. In 1897 he was again defeated by Larned, this time in the quarterfinals.

In July 1896 he won the Tuxedo tournament in New York defeating 1894 and 1895 champion Malcolm Chace.[3] Fischer was a three-times finalist at the Canadian Championships in 1896, 1897 and 1906. He was a runner-up at the 1906 indoor national tennis championship in New York.

His highest U.S. Singles ranking was No. 5 in 1896 and he was ranked in the top 10 during four years.

Wall Street bombing[edit]

On September 16, 1920 at noon a bomb exploded on Wall Street, in the Financial District of New York City. The blast killed 38 and seriously injured 143.[4]

Investigators of the Wall Street bombing became suspicious of Edwin Fischer as he had apparently predicted the attack with astonishing accuracy. Fischer had been warning his friends of an impending bomb attack on Wall Street, sending them post cards urging them to leave the area before September 16.[5]

He was taken into custody in Hamilton, Canada. On return to New York he was wearing two business suits for warmth and a tennis outfit underneath which he claimed he wore "to be ready for a tennis match at all times".[6] The police questioned him at Bellevue. He said he had received the messages "through the air from God." Realizing Fischer was suffering from a mental disorder and finding that he made a regular habit of issuing such warnings, the police soon released him and had him committed to the Amityville Asylum where he was diagnosed as 'insane but harmless'.[6][7][8]

Grand Slam mixed doubles finals[edit]

Titles (4)[edit]

Year Championship Partner Opponents Score
1894 U.S. Championships United States Juliette Atkinson United States Mrs. McFadden
United States Gustav Remak, Jr.
6–3, 6–2, 6–1
1895 U.S. Championships United States Juliette Atkinson United States Amy R. Williams
United States Mantle Fielding
4–6, 8–6, 6–2
1896 U.S. Championships United States Juliette Atkinson United States Amy R. Williams
United States Mantle Fielding
6–2, 6–3, 6–3
1898 U.S. Championships United States Carrie Neely United States Helen Chapman
United States J. A. Hill
6–2, 6–4, 8–6

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Collins, Bud (2010). The Bud Collins History of Tennis (2nd ed. ed.). [New York]: New Chapter Press. pp. 455, 481. ISBN 978-0942257700. 
  2. ^ "Miss Atkinson the Winner" (PDF). The New York Times. June 30, 1895. 
  3. ^ "Fischer Defeats Chace" (PDF). The New York Times. July 5, 1896. 
  4. ^ Gage, Beverly, The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America in its First Age of Terror, New York: Oxford University Press (2009), pp. 272–282
  5. ^ "Fischer Warned Five Friends" (PDF). The New York Times. September 18, 1920. 
  6. ^ a b "Asylum for Bomb Prophet" (PDF). The New York Times. September 21, 1920. 
  7. ^ "Big Bang on Wall Street". The New York Sun. September 6, 2005. Retrieved June 8, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Wall Street’s Unsolved Bombing Mystery". New York Press. March 6, 2001. Retrieved June 8, 2012.