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Muhammad Ali with comedian and performer Lincoln Perry (Stepin Fetchit) in locker room before exhibition fight at Archer Hall Gymnasium on the Morehouse College campus.
(Photos by Neil Leifer/Sports Illustrated)
Joe Louis and Lena Horne photographed by Carl Van Vechten at Greenwood Lake on September 15, 1941.
Lena Horne was visiting boxer Joe Louis while he trained. The book Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne, details their romance. Both were married to other people, and Louis had even become a father in February 1943. But the world champion of heavyweight boxing kept visiting the Stormy Weather set to see Horne, whom he’d reportedly met at the
New York City nightclub
Joe spoke openly of their on-again, off-again affair to his friend Alice Key; Horne flaunted a mink coat he’d given to her. On November 12, 1942, Billy Rowe had reported the widespread rumor that Louis, then an army sergeant would divorce his wife to marry Horne. Both he and Horne issued vague denials. “I think that Lena is a grand person, on and off the screen, but that doesn’t mean I want to marry her or vice versa,” said the boxer. Added Horne, Sergeant Louis and I have been friends for several years and to me, like fifty million others, he’s a symbol of greatness. I can certainly admire him and be in his company without hopping off to the alter.”
Boxer Mike Tyson and his wife Robin Givens photographed by Anthony Barboza for LIFE Magazine at home in Los Angeles, May 1988.
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.”
Heavyweight champion Joe Louis photographed by Carl Van Vechten at Greenwood Lake on September 15, 1941.
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
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.
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
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
buried him in Chicago next to Etta.
Sugar Ray Robinson and family on January 2, 1951
(Original Caption): Welterweight boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson and his wife, Edna Mae, say hello to their son, one-year-old Ray Robinson Jr., as they arrive aboard the French liner Liberte. Sugar Ray is returning after a smashing tour of Paris, Brussels, Geneva and Frankfurt where he successfully defended his title in five bouts, four of which were won by knockouts.