Riggs, Bobby, 1918-1995

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Bobby Riggs (b. February 25, 1918, Los Angeles, CA-d. October 25, 1995, Encinitas, CA) was an American tennis champion who was the World No. 1 or the World co-No. 1 player for three years, first as an amateur in 1939, then as a professional in 1946 and 1947. He played his first professional tennis match on December 26, 1941. As a 21-year-old amateur in 1939, Riggs won Wimbledon, the U.S. National Championships (now U.S. Open), and was runner-up at the French Championships. He was U.S. champion again in 1941, after a runner-up finish the year before. At age 55, he competed in a challenge match against Billie Jean King, one of the top female players in the world, and lost. Their prime time "Battle of the Sexes" match in 1973 remains one of the most famous tennis events of all time, with a $100,000 winner-take-all prize.
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referencedIn TENNIS MATCH: BOBBY RIGGS AND BILLIE JEAN-KING United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn PARAMOUNT NEWS [JULY 20]
referencedIn FMPL 650 LOADING TORPEDOES ABOARD USS BLOWER, (SS-325) JULY, 1945 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn U.S. BOMBERS BLAST JAP BASES [ETC.]
referencedIn America's Newsreel Album United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Anderson, Jane. When Billie beat Bobby : teleplay / by Jane Anderson. Ohio University, Alden Library
referencedIn TENNIS MATCH, BOBBY RIGGS VS GEORGE GEVER United States. National Archives and Records Administration
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associatedWith Anderson, Jane. person
associatedWith King, Billie Jean, 1943- person
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Encinitas CA US
Los Angeles CA US
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Birth 1918-02-25

Death 1995-10-25

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