BILLIE JEAN KING - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 08/27/1973 - HFSID 67713
BILLIE JEAN KING Billie Jean King writes a letter to fan thanking them for their support. Typed Letter Signed: "Billie Jean King", 1p, 8½x11. Hilton Head Island, SC, 1973 August 27. To William W. Stanhope, Mobile, Alabama.
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BILLIE JEAN KING
Billie Jean King writes a letter to fan thanking them for their support.
Typed Letter Signed: "Billie Jean King", 1p, 8½x11. Hilton Head Island, SC, 1973 August 27. To William W. Stanhope, Mobile, Alabama. In full: "Just a short note to say thank you very much for your kind letter. I really appreciate your support." Billie Jean King (born Billie Jean Moffitt in 1943), who was ranked in the top 10 of tennis for 17 years, is the holder of 20 Wimbledon titles (including singles champ six times) and was U.S. champ four times. Credited with establishing the first successful women's professional tennis tour and paving the way for other female athletes, she was the first woman athlete to earn $100,000 in one year (1971). In 1973, 29-year-old King beat 55-year-old Bobby Riggs 6-4,6-3,6-3 in the nationally televised "Battle of the Sexes" to win $100,000 at the Astrodome, spurring new interest in tennis. In 1965, she married Larry King, with whom she founded the unique World Team Tennis, which has a co-ed format that King calls "the future". A member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the National Women's Hall of Fame, King led the U.S. team to a gold medal sweep at the 1996 Olympic Games and continues to coach. Lightly creased, not at signature, else fine condition.
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