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Sep 20 in Sports History: Billie Jean King defeats Bobby Riggs


In 1973: In a tennis exhibition match at Houston’s Astrodome, Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in straight sets. Many viewed it as a milestone in women’s sports, despite King being the top-ranked women’s player and Riggs being 55 years old. Riggs defeated Margaret Court, another highly ranked player, earlier in the year.

In 1927: Babe Ruth of the Yankees hit his 60th homerun of the season. The Babe broke his own record of 59, set in 1921. His record would stand until 1961, when Roger Maris hit 61. Maris’s benchmark stood until the late 1990s, when several players eclipsed 61 numerous times.

In 1987: In a game against the Giants, Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears broke Jim Brown’s record with his 107th career rushing touchdown. “Sweetness” broke the record in 12 years and retired following the 1987 season. Emmitt Smith of the Cowboys now holds the record with 164. Payton was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993 and sadly died in 1999.

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Billie Jean King 2005 "Ty Ana Williams" — We think that this was and still is the bench mark of women sports today. Thank you Billie, not only for this but also for equal prize money! I’m going to love that on the tour in 2012!!!!!

Ty Ana Williams,

“pound for pound the best 10yr girl in America”

In 2005 she played in the Co-ed King/Riggs Tour, and beat four (4) boys in a row, three (3)Presitgious LiL Mo tour boy players. This was a shocker to everyone there. Not because she won, but the total destruction of them and the others. Thanks again Billie Jean King

Play tennis from birth (6mnths)? Training at two, tennis camps at 4yr. tournaments at 5yr, on the national stage by 7yr (Lil Mo Nationals), (Usta Nationally ranked).  Ty Ana Williams has been playing the 8’s for 3yrs, 10’s for 4yrs, 12’s for 3yrs, 14’s for 3yrs, 16’s for 2yrs, 18’s MX for 2yrs, 18’s Singles for 1yr. F/D Open for 4yrs, Winning in all divisions every year; and she hasn’t got started yet!

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Billie Jean King X4 2005 Ty Ana Williams — We think that this was and still is the bench mark of women sports today. Thank you Billie, not only for this but also for equal prize money! I’m going to love that on the tour in 2012!!!!!
Ty Ana Williams,

“pound for pound the best 10yr girl in America”

In 2005 she played in the Co-ed King/Riggs Tour, and beat four (4) boys in a row, three (3)Presitgious LiL Mo tour boy players. This was a shocker to everyone there. Not because she won, but the total destruction of them and the others. Thanks again Billie Jean King

Play tennis from birth (6mnths)? Training at two, tennis camps at 4yr. tournaments at 5yr, on the national stage by 7yr (Lil Mo Nationals), (Usta Nationally ranked).  Ty Ana Williams has been playing the 8’s for 3yrs, 10’s for 4yrs, 12’s for 3yrs, 14’s for 3yrs, 16’s for 2yrs, 18’s MX for 2yrs, 18’s Singles for 1yr. F/D Open for 4yrs, Winning in all divisions every year; and she hasn’t got started yet!

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