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September 28, 2008

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SI.com's baseball coverage will be at its best when the stakes are highest: the season's final week. Read daily columns from our All-Star lineup of writers, including Tom Verducci, Jon Heyman and John Donovan. Plus ...

• Analysis of the playoff contenders by Baseball Prospectus

• Photo gallery of key players, including Mets shortstop Jose Reyes and Phillies closer Brad Lidge

• Power Rankings by Gennaro Filice

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FROM SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
OCTOBER 1, 1973

Before a national TV audience, Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes tennis match. SI writer Curry Kirkpatrick described the spectacle.

THE DAY of the match dawned with all sorts of wonderful rumors: Larry King and Billie Jean were getting a divorce. An Arabian sheik with a harem of 60 was flying in from Kuwait. Helen Reddy would sing at courtside. Sinatra was coming. Streisand was coming. Duke Wayne was coming. That evening the reactions of the protagonists during their magnificently grotesque entrances foretold all. As Billie Jean rode above the multitudes, laughing and waving, she spotted actress Jo Ann Pflug going fairly berserk just below. "How do you like it?" shouted Pflug. "I love it," shrieked Billie Jean. Minutes later, surrounded by all of Bobby's Bosom Buddies and half the cameras in the Western world, Riggs arrived. He was not laughing, not even smiling. "How's it going?" he muttered to nobody. "Where is she?"

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PHOTOCHUCK SOLOMON (LIDGE)FINAL DAYS The heat is on Lidge (left) and Reyes. PHOTORICH KANE/US PRESSWIRE (REYES)[See caption above] PHOTOJOSE LUIS/CALSPORTMEDIA (BARKLEY) PHOTOTED MENZIES (ZIMMERMAN) THREE PHOTOS

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)