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Bobby Riggs

Bobby Riggs (Tennis.  Born, Los Angeles, CA, Feb. 25, 1918; died, Leucadi, CA, Oct. 25, 1995.)  At age 12, Robert Larimore Riggs began taking tennis lessons and, within six years, was the fourth-ranked player in the U.S.  In 1938, Riggs made the U.S. Davis Cup team.  The next year, he won the U.S. singles title […]

Dave Klein

Dave Klein (Sportswriter.  Born, Newark, NJ, Mar. 10, 1940.)  Three times in six years, David S. Klein had his work chosen as the No. 1 submission to the Best Sports Stories anthology.  Klein was adjudged the winner in the national compendium in 1974 for his coverage of the Bobby Riggs-Billie Jean King tennis match in […]

Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King (Tennis.  Born, Long Beach, CA, Nov. 22, 1943.)  Long in the forefront of women’s tennis, Billie Jean King was a pioneer among women pro players and accomplished many significant breakthroughs for women in the sport.  She was the finest player of her day, being ranked as the U.S. No. 1 woman in […]

Jack Kramer

Jack Kramer (Tennis. Born, Monticello, CA, Aug. 1, 1921; died, Bel Air, CA, Sept. 12, 2009.) Rated as the brightest star in men’s tennis in the years immediately following World War II, John Albert Kramer later became a successful promoter of the professional sport. Kramer might have had an even more dominant career as a […]

Alice Marble

Alice Marble (Tennis. Born, Plumas County, CA, Sept. 28, 1913; died, Palm Springs, CA, Dec. 13, 1990.) Perhaps the forerunner of the modern woman tennis player, Alice I. Marble introduced an athletic and aggressive style to the game that helped make her the No. 1-ranked woman in the U.S. from 1936 to 1940. She was […]

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