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us: Robinson, Sugar Ray, 1920-1989

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    • us: Robinson, Ray, 1920-1989
    • us: Smith, Walker, 1920-1989
  • Addtional Information

    • Birth Date

        (edtf) 1920-05-03
    • Death Date

        (edtf) 1989-04-12
    • Death Date

        (edtf) 1988-04-12African American National Biography
    • Birth Place

        (naf) Detroit (Mich.)
    • Death Place

        (naf) Culver City (Calif.)
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) California
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: (naf) Amateur Athletic Union of the United States
        • Organization: (naf) United States. Army
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: Sugar Ray Youth Foundation
    • Gender

    • Occupation

        (lcsh) Boxers (Sports)
          (lcsh) Businesspeople
      • Sources

        • found: Omnibus. IV, vol. 16 [MP] 1956: credits (Sugar Ray Robinson, guest)
        • found: World book ency., c1980, v. 16: p. 347 (Robinson, Ray; b. 1920 in Detroit, Mich.; also known as Sugar Ray Robinson; real name, Walker Smith, Jr.; American champion middleweight boxer, retiring 1965)
        • found: LC data base, 5-27-88 (hdg.: Robinson, Ray, 1920 (May 3)- )
        • found: Being Sugar Ray, 2007: ecip t.p. (Sugar Ray Robinson) galley (d. April 12, 1989)
        • found: African American National Biography, accessed April 7, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Robinson, Sugar Ray; Walker Smith Jr.; Sugar Ray; boxer; born 03 May, 1920 in Detroit, Michigan, United States; started boxing in Kingston, New York with Amateur Athletic Union, identity card with the name “Ray Robinson” on it, won the Golden Gloves featherweight title; professional boxer (1940); joined the U.S. Army (1943); developed a stage show, French Casino, in New York City, clubs on the French Riviera (1952-1955); owner of a bar, a dry cleaning store, a barbershop, a lingerie store in Harlem; retired from boxing with last match, Madison Square Garden (1965); appeared in motion pictures, variety programs; founded the Sugar Ray Youth Foundation in Los Angeles, California (1969); held the world welterweight title (1946-1951), was five times middleweight champion (1951-1960), Associated Press named him the greatest welterweight and greatest middleweight boxer of all time and ultimately named him the fighter of the century (1999); died 12 April, 1988 in Culver City, California, United States)
      • Change Notes

        • 1988-06-03: new
        • 2015-09-21: revised
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