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King overwhelms Riggs in Ms.-match

Updated: January 8, 2002, 1:04 PM ET
By Nick Acocella | Special to ESPN.com

Signature Match Sept. 20, 1973 - The "Battle of the Sexes" pitted the queen of women's tennis, Billie Jean King, against the king of male chauvinists, Bobby Riggs. In a circus-like atmosphere in the Astrodome in Houston, Billie Jean was transported into the stadium on a Cleopatra-style gold litter that was held aloft by four muscular track-and-field athletes from nearby Rice University.

Riggs entered in a gold-wheeled rickshaw pulled by six models in tight red-and-gold outfits who were ...

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