On this day in 1973, tennis stars Robby Riggs, U.S. champion from the 1930’s and ‘40’s, and Australian Margaret Court faced off in a $10,000 winner-take-all “battle of the sexes” challenge match. Court lost to Riggs and Riggs went on to challenge Bill Jean King to a $100,000 winner-take-all match, an event dubbed “the libber vs. the lobber.” King beat Riggs in three sets.

This Double T (or Four T’s) quilt was pieced by Leta S. Melvin and quilted by Nettie S. Merritt , Cora S. Pyson and Harriet Smith in White Lake, North Carolina around 1905. The quilt was made as a wedding gift. The top includes printed fabric featuring a tennis raquet and paddle, and the piece is hand quilted. The quilt is now owned by the North Carolina Museum of History.

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