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April 6, 1995
From the L.A. Times of April 6, 1915, describing the excitement in Los Angeles over the Willard-Johnson fight: "No sporting event since the Jeffries-Johnson fight at Reno July 4, 1910, stirred Los Angeles as did the fight at Havana yesterday. "All yesterday afternoon the fight was the chief topic of discussion on the streets and in the business houses.
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April 6, 1995 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eighty years ago Wednesday, after seven years of yearning, white America finally got its Great White Hope. On April 5, 1915, in a prize ring built on a Cuban racetrack, a Kansas cowboy named Jess Willard knocked out the first world-famous black athlete, Jack Johnson. In the history of boxing's heavyweight title fights, the setting and circumstances for Willard-Johnson remain one of the oddest. Johnson, 37, the champion, was on the lam, a man without a country.
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April 6, 1995 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eighty years ago Wednesday, after seven years of yearning, white America finally got its Great White Hope. On April 5, 1915, in a prize ring built on a Cuban racetrack, a Kansas cowboy named Jess Willard knocked out the first world-famous black athlete, Jack Johnson. In the history of boxing's heavyweight title fights, the setting and circumstances for Willard-Johnson remain one of the oddest. Johnson, 37, the champion, was on the lam, a man without a country.
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April 6, 1995
From the L.A. Times of April 6, 1915, describing the excitement in Los Angeles over the Willard-Johnson fight: "No sporting event since the Jeffries-Johnson fight at Reno July 4, 1910, stirred Los Angeles as did the fight at Havana yesterday. "All yesterday afternoon the fight was the chief topic of discussion on the streets and in the business houses.
NEWS
February 28, 1985
With the first campaign filing period over for the city's April 2 primary election, the two incumbent councilmen running for reelection have a wide lead in campaign funds over their opponents. District 1 Councilman Daniel K. Tabor boasts the fattest war chest, with more than $12,000 on hand. Of that amount, all but $1,400 was raised before January. Opponents Yvonne Mitchell and Donald McClure both have raised less than $500 in the filing period that extended from January to Feb.
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December 15, 1999 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Big Jess Willard, once the most famous athlete in America and the world heavyweight boxing champion between the eras of Jack Johnson and Jack Dempsey, died 31 years ago today. Willard was a true-to-life Oklahoma cowboy when he began a years-long quest to wrest the heavyweight championship from Jack Johnson, the widely hated black champion who had so easily beaten popular ex-champion Jim Jeffries in 1910. "I never had a glove on until I was 28," he said, years later.
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April 3, 1985
Tuesday Results Glendale CITY COUNCIL (Three vacancies) 81 of 81 precincts (FINAL) Vote % Ginger Bremberg (Inc.) 7,410 23.7 John F. Day (Inc.) 6,376 20.4 Carl W. Raggio 6,455 20.7 Mark A. Doyle 5,160 16.5 William Mulvihill 3,083 9.9 Larry Lousen 2,757 8.8 CITY TREASURER Vote % Elizabeth W. Evans (Inc.) 6,030 55.5 Lynn P. McGinnis 4,842 44.5 CITY CLERK Incumbent Merle H. Hagemeyer was unopposed. (Voter turnout 15.
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February 17, 2009 | Lance Pugmire
Were boxer Antonio Margarito's fists of steel actually aided by concrete? Did Ultimate Fighting Champion Georges St-Pierre defend his title bout with enough Vaseline so that he was as slippery as a greased pig? Fighting lore is sprinkled with colorful tales of questionable gamesmanship, yet even in this age of high-definition cameras and intense state testing, athletes are still swayed to sometimes bend the rules.
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September 22, 2000 | LARRY STEWART
What: "The 12 Greatest Rounds of the 20th Century" Where: Showtime, Sunday, 4:30 p.m. In June, the "Fight Doctor," Ferdie Pacheco, announced during the Showtime telecast of the Andrew Golota-Orlin Norris fight that he was stepping down as a boxing analyst. "My life is getting complicated by upcoming projects that demand my time," Pacheco said, ending a career that began in 1977 with NBC after a 15-year stint as Muhammad Ali's doctor. This 90-minute special, which first aired on Showtime on Sept.
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August 23, 1999
Almost 10 years to the day, and Pete Rose still doesn't get it. He was in Cooperstown, N.Y., recently, at the same time as George Brett, Nolan Ryan, Robin Yount and Orlando Cepeda, when they were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. But he wasn't on the same stage. He was at a sports collectors show signing autographs.
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April 5, 1999 | EARL GUSTKEY
In a boxing ring built on a Cuban race track near Havana, a 6-foot-6 Kansas Cowboy named Jess Willard knocked out America's first world-famous black athlete, Jack Johnson, to win the world heavyweight championship. The fight had to be held in Cuba because Johnson was a champion on the lam. He'd been sentenced to prison in 1913 on trumped-up charges that he'd violated the Mann Act--transporting a female across a state line for immoral purposes--but had fled to Europe.
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