Robinson, Sugar Ray, 1920-1989

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Sugar Ray Robinson (b. Walker Smith Jr., May 3, 1921, Ailey, GA–d April 12, 1989, Los Angeles, CA) was a professional boxer who competed from 1940 to 1965. He moved from Georgia to Harlem, NYC at 12 and made his professional boxing debut in 1940. In 1943, Robinson was inducted into the United States Army, where he served with Joe Louis and the pair went on tours where they performed exhibition bouts in front of US troops.

From 1943 to 1951 Robinson went on a 91 fight unbeaten streak. He held the world welterweight title from 1946 to 1951, and won the world middleweight title in 1951 and again in 1955. Robinson was the first boxer to win a divisional world championship five times. On November 11, 1965, Robinson announced his retirement from boxing.

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referencedIn Paramount Pictures, Inc., Collection. 1951 - 1951. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 10/1941 - 3/1957. PARAMOUNT NEWS [AUG. 16]
referencedIn Paramount Pictures, Inc., Collection. 1951 - 1951. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 10/1941 - 3/1957. PARAMOUNT NEWS [JULY 11]
referencedIn Paramount Pictures, Inc., Collection. 1951 - 1951. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 10/1941 - 3/1957. PARAMOUNT NEWS [OCT. 3]
referencedIn Paramount Pictures, Inc., Collection. 1951 - 1951. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 10/1941 - 3/1957. PARAMOUNT NEWS [DEC. 20]
referencedIn Paramount Pictures, Inc., Collection. 1951 - 1951. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 10/1941 - 3/1957. PARAMOUNT NEWS [AUG. 22]
referencedIn Fox Movietone News Collection. 1957 - 1963. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 1957 - 1963. MOVIETONE NEWS, vol. 41, no. 12
referencedIn Paramount Pictures, Inc., Collection. 1951 - 1951. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 10/1941 - 3/1957. PARAMOUNT NEWS [SEPT. 19]
referencedIn Paramount Pictures, Inc., Collection. 1951 - 1951. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 10/1941 - 3/1957. PARAMOUNT NEWS [JULY 18]
referencedIn Dorothy Kilgallen papers and scrapbooks, 1936-1965 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Paramount Pictures, Inc., Collection. 1951 - 1951. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 10/1941 - 3/1957. PARAMOUNT NEWS [AUG. 30]
referencedIn Fox Movietone News Collection. 1957 - 1963. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 1957 - 1963. Movietone News, Vol. 43, No. 12
referencedIn Durham, Richard. Richard Durham radio scripts, 1948-1950. Chicago History Museum
referencedIn Paramount Pictures, Inc., Collection. 1951 - 1951. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 10/1941 - 3/1957. PARAMOUNT NEWS [DEC. 29]
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associatedWith Auriol, Vincent, 1884-1966 person
associatedWith Durham, Richard. person
associatedWith Jake LaMotta person
associatedWith Kilgallen, Dorothy person
associatedWith Louis, Joe, 1914-1981 person
associatedWith Maxim, Joey. person
associatedWith Moyer, Denny person
associatedWith Rocky Graziano person
associatedWith Sinatra, Frank person
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Culver City CA US
Ailey GA US
California CA US
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Birth 1920-05-03

Death 1989-04-12

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