July 10, 1951 – British boxer Randy Turpin, who had never gone more than eight rounds, beat Sugar Ray Robinson in 15.
It was Robinson’s first middleweight defense since beating Jake LaMotta, and only his second loss in an 11-year career. Robinson had won 133 fights.
The heavyweight fight between Jack Dempsey, the Manassa Mauler, and challenger Louis Firpo, the wild bull of the pampas, lasted less than two full rounds. Dempsey knocked Firpo down ten times, and Firpo at one point knocked Dempsey out of the ring.
The fight took place at the Polo Grounds in New York City. Ringside seats went for a paltry $27.50. What a bargain!
Known as Cassius Clay, the man who always referred to himself as the greatest, started boxing at the age of 12. Clay fought as an amateur for six years and was victorious in 100 of his 108 fights. One highlight of his early career was winning the light-heavyweight gold medal at the 1960 Olympic Games. A great fighter with a lot of charisma, Clay beat Sonny Liston on February 24, 1964 to become the World heavyweight champ. The following day, Clay told the press that he had become a Black Muslim and had taken the name Muhammad Ali. Continue reading Muhammad Ali | Black Muslim | Evades Draft
On July 14, 1960, former middleweight boxing champ Jake LaMotta told a senate committee that he had thrown a fight in 1947. LaMotta said he was pressured to take a dive if he wanted a crack at the title. Continue reading Jake LaMotta | Hurricane Carter | Trouble With the Law
During a spring training session, New york Yankee owner George Steinbrenner set a 9 P.M. curfew for Harvey Greene, his public relations director. Georgie was infuriated by the fact that Greene was out dining when he phoned the P.R. man’s room. Continue reading George Steinbrenner and Hot Dogs | Sports Trivia
Joe DiMaggio Comes to Town – New York Yankee icon, Joe DiMaggio, came to Schenectady for a speaking engagement at Godlewski’s Instant Replay on Webster Street in Mont Pleasant, then visited with Schenectady bowling great Joe Donato at his home. Continue reading Joe DiMaggio Comes to Town | Schenectady Trivia
Remember when – Billy Harrell was drawing huge crowds to Siena basketball games when he was playing for them from 1949 to 1952. A gifted two sport athlete, born and raised in Troy, Harrell was a United Press All-American Honorable Mention.
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