65 Facts About Bill King

1. In 1973, Bill King became the first President of the women's players union—the Women's Tennis Association.

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2. Bill King won a record 20 career titles at Wimbledon—six in singles, 10 in women's doubles, and four in mixed doubles.

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3. Bill King can be an acting professional, known for Brothers and Silent Quantity (1974).

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4. Bill King can be an acting professional, known for Benji as well as the Dark 6 (1973).

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5. Bill King sold the newspaper and moved the business to Estevan, a larger community in southeastern Saskatchewan which was a designated stop on the Soo Line Railway.

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6. Bill King entered politics and was elected as a member of the North Carolina House of Commons, where he served from 1807 to 1809, and he became city solicitor of Wilmington, North Carolina in 1810.

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7. Bill King was an ardent Freemason, and was a member of Fayetteville's Phoenix Lodge No 8.

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8. Bill King was the only US vice president from the State of Alabama and held the highest political office of any Alabamian in American history.

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9. In 1973, Bill King became the first President of the women's players union—the Women's Tennis Association.

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10. Bill King won a record 20 career titles at Wimbledon—six in singles, 10 in women's doubles, and four in mixed doubles.

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11. In 1973, Bill King became the first President of the women's players union—the Women's Tennis Association.

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12. Bill King won a record 20 career titles at Wimbledon—six in singles, 10 in women's doubles, and four in mixed doubles.

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13. In 1973, Bill King became the first President of the women's players union—the Women's Tennis Association.

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14. Bill King won a record 20 career titles at Wimbledon—six in singles, 10 in women's doubles, and four in mixed doubles.

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15. In 1973, Bill King became the first President of the women's players union—the Women's Tennis Association.

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16. Bill King won a record 20 career titles at Wimbledon—six in singles, 10 in women's doubles, and four in mixed doubles.

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17. In 1973, Bill King became the first President of the women's players union—the Women's Tennis Association.

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18. Bill King won a record 20 career titles at Wimbledon—six in singles, 10 in women's doubles, and four in mixed doubles.

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19. In 1973, Bill King became the first President of the women's players union—the Women's Tennis Association.

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20. Bill King won a record 20 career titles at Wimbledon—six in singles, 10 in women's doubles, and four in mixed doubles.

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21. Bill King learned to play tennis on the public courts of Long Beach, California, and was coached by tennis teacher Clyde Walker.

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22. In 1999, Bill King was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of Philip Morris Incorporated, garnering some criticism from anti-tobacco groups.

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23. In 1973, Bill King became the first President of the women's players union—the Women's Tennis Association.

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24. Bill King led player efforts to support the first professional women's tennis tour in the 1970s called the Virginia Slims, founded by Gladys Heldman and funded by Joseph Cullman of Philip Morris.

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25. Bill King won the US Open in 1972 but received US$15,000 less than the men's champion Ilie Nastase.

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26. Bill King quickly became a significant force in the opening of tennis to professionalism.

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27. In 2002, Bill King dismissed Capriati from the Fed Cup team, saying Capriati had violated rules that forbade bringing along and practicing with personal coaches.

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28. Bill King became the captain of the United States Fed Cup team and coach of its women's Olympic tennis squad.

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29. In 1982, Bill King was 38 years old and the twelfth-seed at Wimbledon.

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30. Bill King teamed with Navratilova to win Bill King's 39th and final Grand Slam title at the US Open.

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31. Bill King saved two match points before Navratilova broke serve to win the match.

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32. Bill King played the 1980 French Open, her first time since she won the event in 1972 and completed a career singles Grand Slam.

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33. Bill King teamed with Navratilova to win the women's doubles title at the US Open, King's fourth women's doubles title at that tournament and fourteenth Grand Slam women's doubles title overall.

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34. Bill King won a total of only two points during the last two games.

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35. Bill King played ten singles tournaments during the first half of 1978, limiting herself to doubles after Wimbledon.

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36. Bill King won five of the eight tournaments she entered plus both of her Wightman Cup matches.

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37. In March 1977, Bill King requested that the Women's Tennis Association exercise its right to grant a wild card entry to King for the eight-player Virginia Slims Championships at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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38. Bill King played only one of the Wimbledon warm-up tournaments, defeating Olga Morozova in the Eastbourne semifinals before losing to Wade in the final.

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39. In 1975, Bill King played singles only half the year, as she retired from tournament singles competition immediately after winning her sixth Wimbledon singles title.

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40. Bill King won five of the first seven tournaments she contested in 1974.

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41. In 1973, Bill King defeated Bobby Riggs in an exhibition match, winning $100,000.

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42. At the beginning of the year, Bill King failed to win eight of the first ten tournaments she played.

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43. Bill King won three Grand Slam singles titles in 1972, electing not to play the Australian Open despite being nearby when she played in New Zealand in late 1971.

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44. Bill King lost to Court three times in the first four months of the year, in Philadelphia, Dallas, and Johannesburg.

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45. Bill King participated in the 1969 Australian summer tour for the second consecutive year.

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46. Bill King rebounded to win her third consecutive Wimbledon singles title, defeating Jones in the semifinals and Dalton in the final.

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47. In early 1968, Bill King won three consecutive tournaments to end her Australian tour.

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48. Bill King successfully defended her title at the South African Tennis Championships in 1967, defeating Maria Bueno in the final.

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49. Bill King ended her nine match losing streak to Margaret Court by defeating her in the final of the South African Tennis Championships.

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50. Bill King was the year-ending World No 1 in six of the ten years from 1966 through 1975.

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51. In early 1965, Bill King continued her three-month tour of Australia.

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52. Late in the year, Bill King decided to make a full-time commitment to tennis.

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53. Bill King was the runner-up in six Grand Slam singles events.

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54. Bill King won a record 20 career titles at Wimbledon—six in singles, 10 in women's doubles, and four in mixed doubles.

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55. Bill King won 39 Grand Slam titles: 12 in singles, 16 in women's doubles, and 11 in mixed doubles.

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56. Bill King can be an professional, known for Shadows of days gone by.

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57. Bill King is arguably one of the best orators of all time, but, according to the National Constitution Center, not everyone felt that way.

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58. Bill King made its way to then-President Ronald Reagan's desk and he signed it into law in November 1983.

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59. Bill King is one of only two people ever awarded both a World Series ring and a Super Bowl ring.

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60. Bill King said it was his dream to have a sold-out stadium seating 1 to 2 million Raider fans, all listening to the voice of Bill King.

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61. Bill King died of a pulmonary embolus in San Leandro, California, on October 18, 2005 at the age of 78.

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62. Bill King lived in Sausalito, California, and would often go on long sailing trips in the baseball off-season on his ketch, Varuna.

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63. Bill King was there during the "Billyball" and "Bash Brothers" eras, as well as the Moneyball era of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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64. Bill King moved to the Bay Area in 1958, when the San Francisco Giants hired him as an announcer.

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65. Bill King was born in Bloomington, Illinois and was stationed on the island of Guam at the end of World War II when he began his broadcasting career with the Armed Forces Radio Network, converting play-by-play accounts of games as they came in over the wire and broadcasting them in a manner that made it sound as if he were actually at the game.

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