Category: Sports

Bill Cosby playing basketball with his press agent Joe Sutton, 1968.

Photos by Michael Rougier for LIFE magazine

Boxing

heavyweight champion

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

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Halle Berry and her husband David Justice photographed by Ian White, 1996.

On this day in music history: June 30, 1984 – “Sports”, the third album by Huey Lewis And The News hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for 1 week. Produced by Huey Lewis And The News, it is recorded at Fantasy Studios, Studio C in Berkeley, CA, The Plant Studios in Sausalito, CA, and The Automatt in San Francisco, CA from May – August 1983. After the success of their second album “Picture This” in the Spring and Summer of 1982, Huey Lewis And The News begin working on material for the crucial follow up. Looking to progress from their previous work, the band will merge their trademark rock and R&B hybrid sound by incorporating current technology like synthesizers and drum machines, setting the template for their best known work during the 80’s. While Lewis and The News are working on the album, their record label Chrysalis is in a perilous condition financially, having operated as an independent label for several years, the label is spending and losing money excessively. The band is so worried about handing the finished album in to the label (fearing it will go bankrupt and take the album with it) that Lewis and band manager Bob Brown hides the multi-tracks and mix down masters from them while it’s a work in progress. The band finally hand the album over once Chrysalis aligns itself with CBS Records for distribution in the US. It is the Marin, CA bands most successful album propelling them to worldwide pop stardom. Taking a slow and steady climb up the charts, it finally reaches the top of the chart, nine months after its release. It spins off four top 10 singles including “Heart And Soul” (#8 Pop), “I Want A New Drug” (#6 Pop, #1 Club Play), and “The Heart Of Rock And Roll” (#6 Pop). The albums cover features a color tinted photo of the band taken at The 2 AM Club in Mill Valley, CA where the band gigs at regularly in their pre-fame days. “Sports” is certified 7x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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Boxer Mike Tyson and wife Robin Givens photographed by Anthony Barboza for LIFE Magazine at home in Los Angeles, May 1988.

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Boxer Joe Louis in Chicago, 1935.

Joe Louis nicknamed the “Brown Bomber,” reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949.

He

successfully

defended his title a record 25 times.

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Boxer Joe Louis in Chicago, 1935.

Joe Louis nicknamed the “Brown Bomber,” reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949.

He

successfully

defended his title a record 25 times.

Ebony Magazine Covers – 1959

Sugar Ray Robinson and his wife

Edna Mae Robinson (1955)

(Original Caption) 12/10/1955 – Sugar Ray Robinson and his wife, Edna, radiate smiles as they look over the newspaper stories and pictures of Sugar’s great victory over Bobo Olson in Chicago last night. Sugar, a 3-1 underdog, won back his middleweight championship title from Olson with a clean knockout in the second round of the battle at Chicago Stadium.

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O.J. Simpson, running back for the Buffalo Bills, poses with his wife, Marguerite, daughter Arnelle, 4, and son Jason, 2, in Buffalo, New York on October 10, 1973. 

In 1973, Simpson became the first player to break the highly coveted 2,000-yard rushing mark with 2,003 total rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. For his performance he won that year’s NFL MVP Award,

NFL player of the year and

The Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award. While other players had broken the 2,000-yard mark since Simpson, his record happened when the NFL only had 14-game seasons; as opposed to the now 16-game seasons.