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Keith Strudler: Battle Of The Sexes, Part II

Jun 28, 2017

It was well over 40 years ago that Billy Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in a tennis match played in the cathedral of har tru, the Houston Astrodome. This event was billed as the Battle of the Sexes and placed a staunch advocate for fair if not equal recognition for women’s sports against an articulated male chauvinist. To some spectators, and there were many, this match would let us know if women can compete against men in sports, where they were largely relegated to the sidelines. Of course, this was far more complex than that, given the age disparity and showmanship of the affair. Regardless, King’s victory was important in furthering the progress of female athletes. Maybe better put, a loss would have been catastrophic, with a top female tennis pro losing to an againg male has-been, someone that couldn’t even stay on the court with current male pros.

In the NHL, Marcus Foligno, Matt Moulson and Matt Ellis scored in the third period to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.


National Girls and Women in Sport Day began in 1987 to honor the life of Olympic Volleyball Player Flo Hyman, who dedicated her life to sexual equality in sports.  Twenty-six years later, the day is celebrated in all 50 states, promoting and honoring female participation in athletics.  Reporter Pat O’Rourke has more.