Release Date: September 29, 2017
Richard, Mari Muscio, and Joe had the opportunity to attend the premiere of Fox Searchlight’s new movie Battle of the Sexes opening in theaters nationwide on September 29th. Starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, the movie chronicles the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles.
It was wholly appropriate that Richard attend the premiere. No one knows more about the historic tennis match than him. While the world’s eyes were focused on Bobby Riggs, the self-proclaimed “king of male chauvinist pigs,” and Billie Jean King, the defender of feminism, Richard Muscio saw the match through the headlines of the day — headlines he had carefully clipped and saved as Bobby Riggs’ scrapbook maker. Only years later would Muscio realize that Bobby Riggs, the man who said that women should belong in the kitchen, actually made America a more tolerant society. His autobiographical book, So What’s Your Play, about the “Battle of the Sexes” and the “Mother’s Day Massacre” chronicles these tennis matches through the eyes of Bobby Riggs young scrapbook maker, Richard Muscio. To watch a video of an interview with Richard Muscio about the “Battle of the Sexes” go here.