BOBBY RIGGS - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 209167
Sale Price $90.00
Tennis champ turned hustler faced Billy Jean King in "Battle of the Sexes"
Signature: "Bobby Riggs", 5x3 card with ornate margin. Bobby Riggs (1918-1995) won the US Open Tennis Championship twice and Wimbledon once as an amateur (1939, 1941). His pro career was delayed by military service during World War II. Riggs won the US professional singles championship (1946-1947, 1949). In the 1950s he made a good living as a tennis and golf hustler, often winning bizarre bets (like promising to compete with a frying pan instead of a racket). In 1973, at age 55, Riggs saw his big chance. He boasted that despite his age, he could beat any woman tennis player in the world. Englishwoman Margaret Court took up his challenge; Riggs soundly defeated a nervous Court in a Mother's Day match. At this point, Billy Jean King took up Riggs' challenge. Learning from Court's tactical mistakes, King whipped Riggs 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 in a highly rated television match. Despite Riggs' boasting which preceded the match, he and King became good friends. She called him often during the final days of his battle with cancer. Fine condition.
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