June 14, 2016 |
IN DEATH, Louisville pulled out all the stops for its favorite son, Muhammad Ali. But it took two out-of-towners to rescue and restore the champion's boyhood home - a one-story, pink frame house that had become a broken-down, rat-infested shambles. Then, Louisville didn't care, or so it seemed. But Las Vegas real estate investor Jared Weiss cared, and so did Philadelphia lawyer George Bochetto. When Bochetto - a onetime Pennsylvania state boxing commissioner - heard the home was on the market in 2012, he jumped.
June 13, 2016 |
Cassius Clay was the first sports antihero, in flesh and blood, to walk through the imagination of Philadelphia Catholic schoolboys my age. For eighth graders at St. Margaret School in Narberth, he represented everything we were taught to despise. Clay was living proof of what moms and nuns always warned us against. In those days, praise from authority figures was ladled out by the thimbleful for athletic or scholastic achievements due to the repeatedly expressed fear that "you'll get a big head.
June 7, 2016
My admiration for Muhammad Ali wasn't at first sight. You have to understand that when Cassius Clay, which was his name at the time, knocked out Sonny Liston on Feb. 25, 1964, in my 10-year-old mind he was defeating a man admired by little black boys in Alabama like me for his ferociousness in doing the inconceivable: routinely knocking out white men with no fear of being trotted off to jail. It didn't matter that Clay was black too. He was a loud mouth and too good-looking to believe he would hold the heavyweight crown for very long.
June 7, 2016
IF YOU WANT to remember Ali in your own special way, then stop right here. If you revere him or if you revile him, and if you want to entrench yourself, that is your right. Muhammad Ali led a varied life in trying times, a life that justifies almost any sort of judgment. Otherwise . . . When a great man dies, we tend to simplify what and who he was. We generally prefer to focus on fond recollections; or, if we found him lacking, we quickly dismiss him. The problem with Ali is, he was just so complicated.
September 14, 2012 |
Muhammad Ali, dressed in a black suit and wearing sunglasses, stood nearly motionless Thursday night as he stared down intently at the Liberty Medal that had just been presented to him. The 70-year-old Ali, fighting through his Parkinson's disease, briefly lifted his right hand to acknowledge the sustained standing ovation of the audience on the front lawn of the National Constitution Center. The crowd erupted in a rousing chant: "Ali! Ali! Ali!" The world champion boxer, antiwar hero, and cultural icon was awarded the 2012 medal for his life as a transformative figure personifying the struggle for liberty.
September 12, 2012 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A fan of Muhammad Ali has acquired an important piece of memorabilia: the boxing great's boyhood home. Las Vegas real estate investor Jared Weiss closed on the property earlier this week, a Louisville realtor told the Associated Press on Tuesday. Realtor Dave Lambrechts said Weiss paid $70,000 for the small white house with a sagging front porch overhang at 3302 West Grand Ave., in a neighborhood of neat, modest homes. "The guy's a huge Ali fan, and that's what kind of spurred this," Lambrechts said.
July 11, 2012 |
The selection of boxing legend Muhammad Ali to receive the 2012 Liberty Medal has sparked debate, given his refusal four decades ago to fight in the Vietnam War. But his standing up for religious principles only makes the award more appropriate. The boxer known more now for his advocacy of civil rights at home and abroad has been an ardent promoter of world peace and humanitarian causes. A sufferer of Parkinson's disease, he also has helped raise funds for the Special Olympics and for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson's Research Center in Phoenix.
February 2, 2012 |
ANGELO DUNDEE, the brilliant motivator who worked the corner for Muhammad Ali in his greatest fights and willed Sugar Ray Leonard to victory in his biggest bout, died yesterday in Tampa, Fla. He was 90. The genial South Philadelphia native was best known for being in Ali's corner for almost his entire career, but those in boxing also knew him as an ambassador for boxing and a figure of integrity in a sport that often lacked it. He died...
November 10, 2011 |
Ironically, Joe Frazier's fame will forever be linked to his greatest rival, Muhammad Ali. The two athletes could hardly have been more dissimilar in personality and style. Ali was a brash, colorful, quick-witted master showman with a remarkable ability for self-promotion. Frazier, who died this week at 67, was quiet, humble, and likely to hang in the background. While Ali dispatched opponents with incredibly fast hands and reflexes, Frazier's style was blue-collar. He bobbed, weaved, and grunted before knocking out opponents with a devastating left hook.
May 2, 2011
The original center court jump-ball circle from UCLA's Pauley Pavilion has netted $325,085 at auction. SCP Auctions said Sunday that it's the most ever paid for a piece of college basketball memorabilia. The 12-foot jump circle was used from 1965 to 1982 by the men's teams that won eight national championships. Former UCLA coach John Wooden and some of his greats, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton , had signed the hunk of hardwood. When the auction was announced in March, UCLA said it hoped to work out a deal to return the circle to the campus.