Bobby Riggs, Corvallis

Shots from Bobby Riggs' Corvallis visit, October 1993. 

Stanford Smith and George Petroccione, Democrat-Herald (File)

In late October 1993, retired tennis legend Bobby Riggs stopped in Corvallis for a quick visit with friends. But the news didn't stay quiet for long, and an otherwise ordinary trip ballooned into a minor attraction, complete with local media coverage, friendly rivalries and a Battle of the Sexes revival, mid-valley style.

Did Riggs change sports history? Could he still command a tennis court at age 75? Would he have to surrender Fresh Mex coupons to a crowd of 150?

We were there, and the answers are here.

See "Battle of the Sexes" this weekend at the Pix Theater in Albany and Darkside Cinemas in Corvallis.

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