September 19, 2017
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.
June 4, 2014An uproar in the tennis world occurred at the start of 2013’s US Open when ESPN ran an “Outside the Lines” piece about Bobby Riggs throwing 1973’s Battle of the Sexes tennis match against Billie Jean King, to pay off a purported $100,000 gambling debt he owed to the Mafia. Based on an article written by ... Read more
September 10, 2013This is such a great review by Mary McNamarra at the LA Times that we decided to re-post it here. Billie Jean King’s story is about much more than tennis The tennis legend has been an advocate for women’s rights and gay rights and has a far-reaching influence, as documented in ‘American Masters: Billie Jean King.’ Forty ... Read more
August 30, 2013…the Billie Jean King-Bobby Riggs match was a central story in the history of the American women’s movement. The great hurdle women were trying to overcome in the 1970s was ridicule, and Riggs, who had built himself a new career as a self-styled chauvinist pig, was all about the sneer.” Gail Collin Gail Collins debunks the ... Read more
August 28, 2013Don Van Natta’s recently published an ESPN piece The Match Maker that asserts (with very thin evidence) that Bobby Riggs threw his match against Billie Jean King to collect $100,000 to pay off a fictitious Mob debt alleged by a 79 year-old man named Hal Shaw who eavesdropped on some mobsters. My first reaction to ... Read more
August 26, 2013By Richard Muscio, CPA A big congratulation goes to ESPN and Mr. Don Van Natta, as I see they have completed their move from being serious sports journalists to beings sensationalistic purveyors of pap, which rhymes with crap. In his piece “The Match Maker,” Mr. Van Natta asserts that Bobby Riggs threw his 1973 “Battle of ... Read more