Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsJohnny Bratton
IN THE NEWS

Johnny Bratton

FEATURED ARTICLES
SPORTS
March 9, 1991 | EARL GUSTKEY
Here it is again, the same old, sad story that has appeared in newspapers once a decade or so for the last century. All that changes is the name. Theme: Another old champion, down and out. A New York Post reporter recently found 1950s world welterweight champion Johnny Bratton sleeping on the cold floor of a grimy New York bus station. The resultant story and pictures of the 63-year-old, destitute Bratton moved many in New York.
ARTICLES BY DATE
SPORTS
March 9, 1991 | EARL GUSTKEY
Here it is again, the same old, sad story that has appeared in newspapers once a decade or so for the last century. All that changes is the name. Theme: Another old champion, down and out. A New York Post reporter recently found 1950s world welterweight champion Johnny Bratton sleeping on the cold floor of a grimy New York bus station. The resultant story and pictures of the 63-year-old, destitute Bratton moved many in New York.
Advertisement
SPORTS
March 30, 1991 | EARL GUSTKEY
About once a decade, boxing is treated to a well-executed impostor story. But there have been two in the last six months, so what's next? A story that John L. Sullivan, age 132, has been found alive and well in a rest home in Devil's Kitchen, Ida.? Last summer, a downtown Los Angeles man who frequented bars on Broadway was passing himself off as Tony DeMarco, the 1950s welterweight champion.
MAGAZINE
June 15, 1997
Both Tommy Harrison and the late Bob Satterfield emerged as champions, thanks to the efforts of J. R. Moehringer ("The Champ," May 4). The article was a journalistic throwback to a lost era; for a few brief moments, we could once again have been reading the best of Ring Lardner or A. J. Liebling. Moehringer has me convinced that old-fashioned sentimentality isn't dead after all. Somehow, I feel that Satterfield would have forgiven Harrison for his innocent role-playing, maybe understanding better than most of us that we all live semi-delusionary lives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2003 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
Kid Gavilan, whose rise to the welterweight boxing title was punctuated by his trademark "bolo punch," has died. He was 77. Gavilan died Thursday of a heart attack in a Miami hospital. Gavilan was equal parts boxer and entertainer -- a master of defense, a dancer and a ring technician with a vast array of punches, angles and slick combinations -- Ali before there was an Ali.
SPORTS
August 8, 1991 | JIM MURRAY
If you have ever seen a Warner Bros. fight movie, circa 1940s, you know all you need to know about the life and times of Ike Williams. He could have been a model for "Golden Boy." "Body And Soul." A great part for John Garfield. It had everything--the Mob, the would-be fixed fights, the title, betrayal, heartbreak. The fight game in all its glory. It wrote itself. Ike was something to behold when he first climbed into the prize ring in his native New Jersey.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|