September 20, 1973, on national television and in front of the largest US audience to view a tennis match, Billie Jean Kind and Bobby Riggs competed in the highly anticipated “Battle of the Sexes.”
King defeated Riggs 6-4, 6-3, 6-3, amidst controversy due to the age difference between the two (Riggs was 55 and King was 29) and the unusually poor play of Riggs, who just a few months prior defeated top female player Margaret Court in convincing fashion.
Now, 40 years later, 79-year-old former assistant golf pro old Hal Shaw, says that the whole thing was a set up brokered by Riggs and the Mafia to help pay off gambling debts.
H/T: Bob’s Blitz
Shaw, who said he was working late in the pro shop, claims he secretly listened in as club member Frank Ragano, Santo Trafficante Jr. and Carlos Marcello met with a fourth man he did not recognize. Trafficante and Marcello, now deceased, were reputed to be powerful mob figures in Florida and New Orleans, respectively. Ragano was an attorney who r...