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Bill Verigan

Bill Verigan (Sportswriter.  Born, Orlando, FL, Jan. 27, 1942.)  On Mar. 10, 1967, William Ford Verigan was covering ringside for U.P.I. at the third Garden when Ismael Laguna, the former lightweight champion, decisioned Frankie Narvaez in 12 rounds.  Then a riot broke out.  Verigan was struck in the head by a bottle heaved from the […]

Archie Moore

Archie Moore (Boxing. Born, Benoit, MS, Dec. 13, 1913; died, San Diego, CA, Dec. 9, 1998.) One of the best fighters and greatest characters of boxing’s last “Golden Age” in the 1950s and early 1960s, Archie Moore was the light heavyweight champion for over nine years (1952-62). Moore fought several times for the heavyweight title, […]

Joe Frazier

Joe Frazier (Boxing.  Born, Beaufort, SC, Jan. 12, 1944; died, Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 7, 2011.)  A central figure in one of the most celebrated New York sports events ever, Smokin’ Joe Frazier was undisputed world heavyweight champion (1971-73).  Frazier won his first 19 fights (17 by knockout) before taking the New York version of the […]

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 […]

Eddie Dooley

Eddie Dooley (Sportswriter.  Born, Brookyn, NY, Apr. 13, 1905; died, Boca Raton, FL, Jan. 25, 1982.)  Politician, athlete, and sportswriter were three of the credits of Edwin Benedict Dooley, who wrote for The Sun for nearly 12 years (1927-38).  Dooley was a star quarterback at Dartmouth who went almost directly to The Sun sports desk.  […]

Howard Cosell

Howard Cosell (Sportscaster.  Born, Winston-Salem, NC, Mar. 25, 1918; died, New York, NY, Apr. 23, 1995.)  A truly flamboyant character, Howard Cosell, born Howard William Cohen, forsook his legal training in favor of a career behind the microphone and, more importantly, in front of a camera.  Cosell, an N.Y.U. and N.Y.U. Law graduate, began his […]

Michael Burke

Michael Burke (Executive.  Born, Enfield, CT, June 8, 1916; died, Galway, Ireland, Feb. 5, 1987.)  One of the most colorful characters in New York sports in the 1960s and 1970s, Edward Michael Burke was president of both the Yankees (1966-73) and Madison Square Garden (1973-81).  Burke spent nearly a third of his life in Europe for […]

Oscar Bonavena

Oscar Bonavena (Boxing.  Born, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sept. 25, 1942; died, Reno, NV, May 22, 1976.)  A serious heavyweight contender who once took Muhammad Ali 15 rounds, Oscar Natalio Bonavena was never quite good enough to beat a top heavyweight.  Among his eight career losses in 67 fights were those to Zora Folley (1965), Jimmy […]

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali (Boxing.  Born, Louisville, KY, Jan. 17, 1942.)  Known in his earlier years as Cassius Clay, Muhammad Ali is one of the most exciting and controversial heavyweight champions in the history of the sport and, by his own admission, “The Greatest.”  Ali was the national A.A.U. light heavyweight champion, the Golden Gloves heavyweight titlist […]

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