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Don Dunphy

Don Dunphy (Broadcaster.  Born, New York, July 5, 1908; died, Mineola, N.Y., July 22, 1998.)  Like many of the sportscasters who came to prominence in the 1920s and 1930s, Don Dunphy began his working career with aspirations to be a newspaper sportswriter, but his hopes were dashed when the New York World folded during his senior year (1931) at Manhattan College.  It turned out to be a big break for both Dunphy and generations of boxing fans.  After doing many sports for several New York stations, Dunphy began a 50-year career that was to lead him to ringside for over 2,000 fights, including more than 200 championship bouts.  Dunphy served as the sports director of WINS from 1937 to 1947 and in 1939 he began doing amateur championship fights from Madison Square Garden (the Diamond Belts and the Golden Gloves).  The following year, he began calling professional bouts at the old Queensboro Arena.  Shortly, he succeeded the famed Sam Taub as the voice of the Gillette national radio broadcasts of boxing and worked the second Billy Conn-Joe Louis fight from Yankee Stadium in 1946.  Dunphy was to do another 50 heavyweight championship fights, including one of the most famous of them all, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier from Madison Square Garden in 1971.  He also appeared in six motion pictures as a sports and boxing announcer and wrote an excellent autobiography.  At Manhattan College, he was a letterman on the track team that won three mile relay races at the Penn Relays.

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