Yearbook, Sept. 20: Battle of the Sexes

September, 20, 2012
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Sept. 20, 1973: A woman couldn't beat a man in tennis, could she?

Nowadays we know the answer to be an obvious "yes." But this day 39 years back? Some needed Billie Jean King to beat Bobby Riggs on national TV in order to think that way. So she did, in straight sets, creating lasting images and a lasting impact. (For more on the latter, check out this espnW story.)

Billie Jean King & Bobby RiggsIcon SMI
Billie Jean King against Bobby RiggsAP Photo
Billie Jean King celebrating her win over Bobby RiggsFocus on Sport/Getty Images
Patrick Dorsey works for SportsNation. He has worked for the Web and newspapers, had a cup of craft service coffee in film school, and played in one Division III golf tournament (he shot 105).

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