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Sugar Ray Robinson

Sugar Ray Robinson (Boxing.  Born, Detroit, MI, May 3, 1920; died, Culver City, CA, Apr. 12, 1989.)  Born Walker Smith, Jr., Sugar Ray Robinson became perhaps the most famous of all non-heavyweight champions with his handsome looks and his flashy style both in and out of the ring.  He was the welterweight champion once and […]

Bobo Olson

Bobo Olson (Boxing.  Born, Honolulu, HI, July 11, 1928; died, Honolulu, HI, Jan. 16, 2002.)  A middleweight champion (1953-55), Carl Olson became famous for four legendary losses to Sugar Ray Robinson and three of his five New York fights.  In 1953, Olson won the American middleweight title with a 15-round decision over Paddy Young June 19 […]

Jake LaMotta

Jake LaMotta (Boxing. Born, The Bronx, NY, July 10, 1922.) One of the celebrated middleweight champions of the post-World War II era, Jake LaMotta remains one of the most popular fighters in New York history. LaMotta’s heyday coincided with the advent of boxing as a major television attraction and he became nationally known even before […]

Rocky Graziano

Rocky Graziano (Boxing.  Born, New York, NY, Jan. 1, 1922; died, New York, NY, May 22, 1990.)  Rocky Graziano, born Rocco Barbella, rose from the streets and fight clubs of New York to the middleweight championship of the world.  And he did so with the heartfelt good wishes of almost everybody in his hometown.  During […]

Ruby Goldstein

Ruby Goldstein (Boxing.  Born, New York, NY, Oct. 7, 1907; died, Miami Beach, FL, Apr. 22, 1984.)  Known as “the Jewel of the Ghetto” during his days as a professional fighter, Reuben Goldstein is perhaps best remembered as a boxing referee who  worked 39 championship fights in over two decades as the third man in […]

Kid Gavilan

Kid Gavilan (Boxing.  Born, Camaguey, Cuba, Jan. 6, 1926; died, Miami, FL, Feb. 13, 2003.)  At age 17, Kid Gavilan began a professional boxing career in Havana in 1943 that would lead him eventually to New York and the world welterweight championship.  Gavilan’s first New York fight came after the second World War ended and […]

Joe Falcaro

Joe Falcaro (Bowling.  Born, New York, NY, Jan. 3, 1896; died, Cedarhurst, NY, Sept. 6, 1951.)  Guiseppi (Joe) Falcaro was based in Brooklyn and became the dominant match-game bowler of the late 1920s and 1930s, holding the B.P.A.A. match-game championship for four years.  Falcaro was a flamboyant and colorful character both on and off the […]

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