Category: Sports

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Muhammad Ali with his mentor

Malcolm X at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, 1964.

Malcolm arranged for Ali (then Cassius X) to meet with diplomats from Africa and Asia at the United Nations. Sports writer Murray Robinson noted in the New York Journal American that Malcolm intended to “make the heavyweight champion an international political figure.”

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Heavyweight champion Joe Louis photographed by Carl Van Vechten at Greenwood Lake on September 15, 1941.

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Muhammad Ali celebrating with Malcolm X at the Hampton House in Miami after he won the World Heavyweight Championship against Sonny Liston on February 25, 1964.

Photos by Bob Gomel

Heavyweight boxer Joe Louis in 1936

Aerial view of Muhammad Ali victorious after round 3 knockout against Cleveland Williams in the Houston Astrodome on November 14, 1966. The bout drew a record-breaking indoor crowd of 35,460 people. Ali dominated Williams, winning a third-round technical knockout in what some consider the finest performance of his career. – Photo Neil Leifer

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Notre Dame quarterback Terry Hanratty and USC running back O.J. Simpson give President-elect Richard Nixon an autographed ball with other College Football All-American stars on December 2, 1968.

A few days later O.J. Simpson won the Heisman Trophy. Leroy Keyes came in second voting and Terry Hanratty in third. Simpson also won the 1968 United Press International College Football Player of the Year Award for the second consecutive year.

Mike Tyson, 1990 – Ph. Michel Comte

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Boxer Jack Johnson with his wife Etta Duryea in London for the coronation of King George V in 1911.

Etta Duryea was Jack Johnson’s first wife, they married in 1911. She was a

well-educated

Brooklyn society woman. Jack’s infidelity, his abusive behavior and the hostile reaction of the public caused her to became depressed. He once beat her so badly that she was hospitalized.

She committed suicide in 1912. When Jack died in 1946, his wife

Irene Pineau

buried him in Chicago next to Etta. 

Dennis Rodman, 1997 – Ph. Michael O’Neill

Mike Tyson, 1989 – Ph. John Paschal