The sporting life: Mickey and Alec Agelasto

 

 

The tennis careers of Michael ‘Mickey’ Agelasto and his younger brother Alexander Michael Jr., ‘Alec,’ began in 1892 and lasted until 1912 and 1905, respectively.  They were doubles partners, winning The White Mountain Tournament (1899) and reaching the finals in both the Lake George (1992) and NY State Championships (1892), when Mickey attended Columbia University.  Mickey’s singles career peaked in 1899 when, at age 30, he became Virginia State Champion. Despite a severe illness, in the following year he reached the semis of the Championship of the South and in 1902, he was touted by the Atlanta Constitution to win the Southern Championships, held at the Atlanta Athletic Club.  He failed in the attempt but received extremely favorable press (including a photo and the above cartoon).  His last four years of tennis were mostly devoted to playing for the Norfolk city 8-man squad, which competed against teams from Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia.  His record was 14-4, much superior to his performance on the amateur circuit, where he lost about half his matches.


 

Mickey Agelasto

 

date

s/d

location

event

w/ l

score

opponent

partner

media

remarks

1892-5-24

s

6th  annual Championship of the South, Washington DC

l

6-2,6-2

WG Peter

 

ct 5-25

 

1892-5-25

s

l

6-2,6-0

brother [AM jr]

 

ct 5-26

wp says: 6-2,6-4

1892-5-25

d

l

default

Goodfellow-Thompson

brother

ct 5-26

consolation round

1892-5-27

s

w

default

McPherson

 

ct 5-28

consolation round

1892-5-28

s

 

 

O. Woodward

 

ct 5-28

consolation round

1892-8-3

s

 

NY state Championships

Saratoga, NY (including Eastern doubles)

l

1-6,7-5,6-4

Mitchell

 

ct 8-4

 

1892-8-4

s

w

default

Stevens

 

ct 8-5

Consolation round

1892-8-4

s

l

6-3,6-4

McCormick

 

ct 8-5

Consolation round

1892-8-4

d

w

default

G.T.- S Smith

brother

nyt-ct 8-5

1st round

1892-8-4

d

w

6-0,6-2,6-1

F Ritchie-C Wells

brother

nyt-ct 8-5

semis

1892-8-5

d

l

 

6-1,6-2,6-0

VG & EE Hall

brother

nyt 8-6

finals

“...deserved credit for the rather peculiar but plucky game that they put up."

1892-8-21

s

Lake George Championships

Bolton Landing NY

w

6-0,6-0

B. Atkinson

 

nyt;nytr 8-22

1st  round

1892-8-21

s

w

6-2,6-1

His brother

 

nyt;nytr 8-22

2nd round

1892-8-21

s

w

6-0,6-4

IR Davis

 

nyt;nytr 8-22

semis

1892-8-21

s

w

4-6,6-4,7-5,2-6,6-3

J.F. Talmage Jr

 

nyt;nytr 8-22

finals

1892-8-21

d

w

6-2,6-4

Donnelly - Griffin

brother

nyt;nytr 8-22

prelim

1892-8-21

d

w

6-0,6-3

AB Hall-WA Tomes

brother

nyt;nytr 8-22

1st round

1892-8-21

d

w

6-4,1-6,6-3,2-6,6-3

Talmage-Talmage

brother

nyt;nytr 8-22

finals

1892-10-5

d

New Hav

college

l

4-6,6-4,6-2

Andersn -Demming

D. Candler

nyt 10-6

intercollegiate tennis tournament

1893-7-11

d

NYC

Knick

l

default

Simpson-Fish

brother

nyt 7-12

Knickerbocker 1st round

1893-8-14

s

RI

Casino

l

8-6,6-0

G Willis

 

nyt 8-15

Narragansett RI casino

1893-8-22

s

Newport

annual

l

default

HD Cleveland

 

ct 8-23

Rhode Island annual

1898-7-5

s

Norfolk

 

 

 

JS Taylor

 

wp 7-6

Va state 6th annual

1899-9-9

d

Virginia state championships, Norfolk

l

6-3,6-3,6-4

Taylor-Whitehead

brother

wp 9-10;9-11

‘winners of recent White Mountain Tournament’

1900-5-22

s

14th annual Championship of the South, Washington DC

 

 

P.P. Cake

 

nyt 5-22

1st round

1900-5-23

s

w

6-1,6-1

L. Glazbrook

 

nyt;nytr;wp 5-24

2nd round; ‘Va champ [1899] Glaz had been ill

1900-5-23

d

l

6-3,6-8,6-2

Davidson-Paret

brother (nyt says R.Hills)

nyt,nytr 5-24

prelim round

“…Virginia champions putting up a splendid defence against the swift attack of their adversaries.” (nytr)

1900-5-25

s

l

4-6,6-1,6-1

JP Paret

 

bs;bog; nyt  wp,5-26

semis; mentioned as 1899 Virginia state champion; see newspaper coverage

“Agelasto played a very aggressive game and at times showed remarkable bursts of speed, but he was not in proper physical condition because of his recent severe illness” (bog); 300 spectators ( wp)

1900-5-26

s

l

default

Gregg

 

nyt 5-27

handicap 1st round

1900-6-13

s

Norfolk

 

l

6-1,8-2,6-0,6-1

WA Larned

 

bs 6-14

maybe exhibition; called ‘former Virginia champion’

1900-6-13

d

Norfolk

 

w

6-4

Larned – Amjr

W Reed

bs 6-14

maybe exhibition

1900-6-18

s

Lenox Tennis Club

New York City

w

6-0,6-0

CE Fennessey

 

nytr 6-19

1st round

1900-6-19

s

w

5-7,7-5,6-4

G.L. Wyeth

 

nyt;nytr 6-20

handicap singles

1900-6-20

s

l

8-6,6-1

R.D. Little

 

nyt 6-21

2nd round

1900-6-22

s

w

6-1,6-4

LJ Grant

 

nytr 6-23

handicap 2nd round

1900-6-23

s

w

6-3,9-7

H.H. Hackett

 

nyt 6-24

handicap semi-final

1900-8-3

 

Atlanta

South

He was included in a list of expected players in an Atlanta  tournament for the “Championship of the South,” put on by The South Atlantic States Association of tennis (ac 8-3).  Unclear if this event ever came off, as the annual Southern championship takes place in May at Washington, DC.

1902-5-24

 

DC

 

wp 5-24,5-26

List of players

1902-5-26

s

16th annual Championship of the South, Bachelors’ Club Courts (M St. near 17th St)

w

6-4,6-3

H.G. Whitehead

 

bs;nyt;wp 5-27

Prelim; wp says AM wrongly

1902-5-27

s

w

6-3;6-3

G Frankenstein

 

nyt;wp 5-28

2nd round; wp calls him W.H.Agelasto

1902-5-25

s

l

4-6, 6-1,6-1

Paret

 

nytr 5-26

semis

1902-5-29

s

l

2-6,6-1,6-0

JC Davidson

 

nytr 5-30

2nd round

1902-5-29

d

d

6-2,6-4

W Grant-Paret

brother

nytr;bg;bs;wp 5-30

1st round

1902-5-27

d

w

6-2;6-2

Whitehead-Metcalf

brother

nyt;wp 5-28;wp 5-29

1st round

1902-5-30

m

l

6-1,6-2

Banks-Davidson

E Wimer

bs;ac;wp 5-31

1st round

1902-5-31

m

d

 

Mitchell-Wilson

E Wimer

bg 5-31

 

1902-7-19

 

The AAC 1902 club tournament preceded its Southern championships (as opposed to those held in Washington in May); his arrival is greatly anticipated.

ac 7-13

“…[among] experts from the leading cities of the south…”

ac 7-23

“…the favorite for the singles.”

ac 8-3

“…considered the best player in the South…the favorite for the honors in the singles”

1902-8-04

s

Southern Championships, Atlanta Athletic Club

w

6-4,6-2

C. Angier

 

ac 8-5

“…superb work …outclassed by the Virginian.” see article

1902-8-05

s

w

6-1,4-6,6-1

C Rodgers

 

ac 8-6

see extensive coverage

1902-8-05

d

w

6-3,7-5

Glenn-Colquitt

Scott

ac 8-6

see article’s extensive coverage

1902-8-06

s

l

8-6,6-3

SC Williams

 

ac 8-7

an upset; see article

“M.A. Agelasto, the Norfolk expert, did not win the tennis tournament, as many expected, but he proved himself to be a thorough sportsman in defeat and a player of great ability.” (ac, 9 Aug)

1902-8-07

d

l

7-5,6-3

Angier & Williams

Scott

ac 8-8

Championship

“Scott and the Virginian had played together only once before and naturally had developed little team work.  The unfamiliarity of the one with the other’s style made victory impossible against a first-class team.” (ac)

1903-5-27

 

17th annual Championship of the South, Washington

 

 

 

 

nyt;nytr 5-25

called ‘an Attaché of one of the Diplomatic Corps’

1903-5-27

 

w

6-1,6-3

SP Waterlow

 

nytr 5-28

first round

1903-5-28

 

l

4-6,6-2,6-2

F Geoghegan

 

nyt 5-29

 

1903-6-8

d

Virginia  state championships

l

6-4,6-2

Whitehead-Tayor

Reed

wp 6-9

“event of the day” wp

1903-6-10

s

w

6-4,6-3

Dr. Glazebrook

 

bs 6-12

 

1903-6-11

s

w

7-5,6-3,7-9,1-6,6-3

W. Reed

 

bs 6-12;wp 6-13

semis

1903-6-12

s

l

default

JC Davidson

 

bs 6-12; wp 6-13

unable to finish due to exhaustion from previous day

1903-9-12

s

Cantonsville, Md

 

l

default

C Harvey

 

bs 9-13

at Cantonsville Country Club

1905-6-6

s

Virginia  state championships

w

0-6,8-6,6-2

RR Lyons

 

wp 6-7

at Norfolk

1905-6-6

d

l

6-0,6-1

Whitehead-Taylor

brother

wp 6-7

at Norfolk

1905

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ac 7-16

‘one of the best players in the south’

1906-7-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ac 7-1

among list of participants

Final phase of career: with the Norfolk team.  Intercity Tennis Association also included  Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia

1909-6-28

s

DC

 

l

6-3,6-3

Gordon (recent Princeton)

 

wp 6-29

Norfolk v Washington

1909-6-28

d

DC

 

l

7-5,6-3

Howard-Graves

McIntosh

wp 6-29

Norfolk v Washington

1910-5-30

d

Norfolk

 

w

6-1,2-6,6-2

Crozier-Oliver

McIntosh

wp 5-31

Norfolk v Philadelphia

1910-7-23

s

 

 

w

6-2,6-3

Harvey

 

wp 7-24

Norfolk v Baltimore

1910-7-23

d

 

 

w

6-1,6-3

Harvey-Lanahan

McIntosh

wp 7-24

Norfolk v Baltimore

1910-9-5

s

ChevyChase

 

 

 

Gordon

 

wp 9-5

Norfolk v DC

1910-9-5

d

ChevyChase

 

 

 

Gordon-Howard

McIntosh

wp 9-5

Norfolk v DC

1910-10-15

s

Norfolk

 

w

11-9,6-3

L.I.Doyle

 

wp 01-16

Norfolk v DC

1910-10-15

 

Norfolk

 

w

6-3,3-2

LI Doyle-Izard

McIntosh

wp 01-16

Norfolk v DC, called darkness

1911-6-11

s

Norfolk

 

w

10-8,4-6,8-6

Davis

 

bs 6-11

Baltimore v Norfolk 8-man

1911-6-26

d

 

 

w

6-7,6-3

Graves-Gordon

McIntosh

wp 6-27

Norfolk v DC

1911-6-26

s

 

 

w

6-2,6-3

A Howard

 

wp 6-27

Norfolk v DC

1911-9-4

s

DC

 

w

2-6,7-5,6-2

L Doyle

 

wp 9-5

Norfolk v DC

1911-9-4

d

DC

 

w

9-7,6-3

Spencer-Gore

WH Taylor

wp 9-5

Norfolk v DC

1912-6-20

d

Virginia  state championships

w

5-7,6-4,6-4

Cole-Masteller

R Tunstall

wp 6-21

semis

1912-6-21

d

l

6-3,7-5,6-4

Bundy-McIntosh

R Tunstall

wp 6-23

finals

1912-6-20

m

w

6-3,9-7

D Walke-C Walke

D.Colston

wp 6-21

1st round

1912-7-6

s

 

 

l

6-2,2-6,6-2

L McClung

 

wp 7-7

Norfolk v DC

1912-7-6

d

 

 

w

8-10,7-5, def

Graves-Gordon

W Reed

wp 7-7

Norfolk v DC

1912-7-13

 

 

 

w

 6-3,4-6,6-0

JK Graves

 

wp 7-14

Norfolk v DC

A.M. Agelasto Jr

1892-5-25

s

6th  annual Championship of the South, Washington DC

w

6-2,6-0

MAA

 

ct 5-26

 

1892-5-25

d

l

default

Goodfellow-Thompson

MAA

ct 5-26

consolation

1892-5-25

s

w

6-2,6-4

MAA

 

wp 5-26

 

1892-8-4

s

Saratoga NY champ’ship

l

 

McCormick

 

ct 8-5

Consolation round

1893-7-10

s

Knickerbocker Club

New York City

l

6-1,6-0

A Taylor

 

nyt 7-11

handicap

1893-7-12

d

l

default

Simpson-Fish

brother

nyt 7-13

1st round

1893-7-17

s

l

default

F. Rathbun

 

nyt 7-18

consolation

1893-8-14

s

RI

Casino

l

default

J Howland

 

nyt 8-15

Narragansett RI casino

1899-9-9

d

Norfolk

 

l

6-3,6-3,6-4

Taylor-Whitehead

brother

wp 9-10;9-11

‘winners of recent White Mountain tournament’

1900-6-13

d

Norfolk

 

l

6-4

W Reed - MAA

W Larned

bs 6-14

maybe exhibition

1892-5-24

s

Southern Tennis Tournament, Wash. DC

l

6-3,6-4

AE Wright

 

ct 5-25

 

1892-8-3

s

 

NY state Championships

Saratoga, NY (including Eastern doubles)

l

6-2,6-1

Knapp

 

nyt-ct 8-4

preliminary round

1892-8-4

d

w

default

G.T.- Sydney Smith

brother

nyt-ct 8-5

1st round

1892-8-4

d

w

6-0,6-2,6-1

F Ritchie-C Wells

brother

nyt;ct 8-5

semis

1892-8-5

d

l

 

6-1,6-2,6-0

VG & EE Hall

brother

nyt 8-6

finals

“…deserved credit for the rather peculiar but plucky game that they put up." (nyt)

1892-8-21

s

Lake George Championships

Bolton Landing NY

 

w

6-0,6-1

J.J. Julbe

 

nyt;nytr 8-22

1st  round

1892-8-21

s

l

6-2,6-1

His brother

 

nyt;nytr 8-22

2nd round

1892-8-21

d

w

6-2,6-4

Donnelly - Griffin

brother

nyt;nytr 8-22

peliminary round

1892-8-21

d

w

6-0,6-3

AB Hall-WA Tomes

brother

nyt;nytr 8-22

1st round

1892-8-21

d

w

6-4,1-6,6-3,2-6,6-3

Talmage-Talmage

brother

nyt;nytr 8-22

finals

1900-8-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

ac 8-5; 8-6

to be entered in singles

1900-5-23

d

16th annual Championship of the South, Washington DC

l

6-3,6-8,6-2

Davidson-Paret

brother (nyt says R.Hills)

nyt,nytr;wp 5-24

preliminary round 

“…Virginia champions putting up a splendid defence against the swift attack of their adversaries.' (nytr). 'The match was the cleverest and the fastest every played on the Bachelors' courts, and the brilliant volleys and remarkable returns were heartily applauded.  For two small men, the Agelasto brothers put up a very stiff tennis match.  Both are as fast as race horses and cover territory easily.” (wp)

1900-5-25

s

l

6-2,6-4

Gee

 

bs;bog;nyt; nytr; wp  5-26

handicap 1st round

1902-5-26

s

l

6-1,8-6

WC Grant

 

bs;nyt;wp 5-27

Preliminary round

“The Washington expert steadied down in the second set and gave the New Yorker an exciting contest”(nyt)

1902-5-27

d

w

6-2;6-2

Whitehead-Metcalf

brother

nyt;wp 5-28; wp 5-29

1st round

1902-5-29

s

l

2-6,6-1,6-0

JC Davidson

 

bg;bs;wp 5-30

2nd round

1902-5-29

d

d

6-2,6-4

W Grant-Paret

 

bg;bs;wp 5-30

1st round

1902-5-29

s

d

7-5,6-3

Paret

 

bg;nytr;bs;wp 5-30

Consolation round preliminary

1902-5-30

s

l

6-1,6-4

Paret

 

wp 5-31

handicap

1903-5-25

s

Southern championship

l

default

Davidson

 

wp 5-26

1st round, Wash. DC

1903-6-8

s

Virginia  state championships

l

default

H Whitehead

 

wp 6-9

at Norfolk; wp says M. Agelasto wrongly

1903-9-10

s

Catonsville Maryland

l

2-6,6-2,6-2

HB Smith

 

bs 9-11

at Cantonsville Country Club

1903-9-11

d

 

 

Colston-Harvey

Pennington

bs 9-11

1905-6-6

s

Virginia  state championships

 

6-2,6-1

F Geoghegan

 

wp 6-7

at Norfolk

1905-6-6

d

 

l

6-0,6-1

Whitehead-Taylor

brother

wp 6-7

at Norfolk

 

 

Newspapers:

 

ac = Atlantic Constitution

bg = Baltimore Globe

bog =  Boston Globe

bs = Baltimore Sun

ct = Chicago Tribune

nyt = New York Times

nytr = New York Tribune

wp = Washington Post

 

col 2:

 

s = singles

d = doubles

m = mixed doubles