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Jimmy Walker

Jimmy Walker (Sportsman.  Born, New York, NY, June 19, 1881; died, New York, NY, Nov. 18, 1946.)  In a book by Gene Fowler and a subsequent film starring Bob Hope (both entitled Beau James), James John Walker was immortalized as a bon vivant and a trusting politician caught in the vortex of municipal scandals that […]

Floyd Patterson

Floyd Patterson (Boxing.  Born, Waco, NC, Jan. 4, 1935; died, New Paltz, NY, May 11, 2006.)  Although he was born in North Carolina, New York fans adopted Floyd Patterson as one of their own, and he was to become a New York institution after making his pro debut at St. Nick’s Arena Sept. 12, 1952.  […]

Billy Graham

Billy Graham (Boxing.  Born, New York, NY, Sept. 9, 1922; died, West Islip, NY, Jan. 22, 1992.)  An incorruptible fighter with above-average skills, William P. Graham, Jr., was a basic welterweight who fought numerous champions but never won a title.  Graham campaigned for nearly 15 years (1941-55) as a professional boxer and faced such champions […]

Eddie Eagan

Eddie Eagan (Olympics, boxing.  Born, Denver, CO, Apr. 26, 1897; died, New York, NY, June 14, 1967.)  The only American ever to win gold medals at both summer and winter Olympic Games, Edward Patrick Francis Eagan later served as chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission.  Eagan served as an officer in both World […]

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.  […]

Robert Christenberry

Robert Christenberry (Boxing.  Born, Huntington, TN, Jan. 27, 1899; died, New York, NY, Apr. 14, 1973.)  During his four years as chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission, Robert Keaton Christenberry became embroiled in several controversies.  Christenberry succeeded Col. Edward P.F. Eagen Sept. 25, 1951.  Carmen Basilio won a 10-round decision over Michigan’s Chuck […]

Henry P. Burchell

Henry P. Burchell (Sports editor.  Born, New York, NY, Aug. 7, 1875; died, Atlantic Ocean, north of Norfolk, Va., Jan. 17, 1924.)  Sports editor of The New York Times for nearly 10 years, Henry Phillip Burchell was abruptly dismissed Dec. 13, 1915, amid rumors of travel expense irregularities.  No cause for Burchell’s departure was ever […]

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