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March 27, 1996
Richard Steele, 77, a yachtsman who helped found the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum. A native of Pittsburgh who was brought up in Pasadena, Steele graduated from Pomona College and served as a Navy captain during World War II. He was a lifelong sailor and won several trophies in the Trans-Pac Race to Honolulu. In addition to helping create the nautical museum, Steele became a major contributor and recently obtained its new location aboard the historic stern-wheeler Pride of Newport.
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February 3, 2001 | STEVE SPRINGER
He is not supposed to win or lose. He is not even supposed to be noticed in the ring. But if the referee doesn't do his job properly, everybody notices and boxing ultimately loses. So last week's announcement that referee Richard Steele is retiring should cause great concern because Steele becomes the third prominent referee, all-Nevada-based, in the last three years to leave the scene. Mills Lane retired in 1998 and Mitch Halpern, a rising star, committed suicide last year.
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March 19, 1991 | ALLAN MALAMUD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mike Tyson and Razor Ruddock finally agreed on something Monday night. Both thought referee Richard Steele was hasty in stopping the fight and awarding the knockout to Tyson at 2:22 of the seventh round. "He shouldn't have stopped it then," Tyson said. "But who am I to judge? I don't think Ruddock would have lasted the round anyway." "We're gladiators," Ruddock said. "Let us fight."
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January 24, 2001 | Associated Press
Richard Steele, the third man in the ring in some of boxing's most memorable bouts, has retired as a referee. The 57-year-old Steele said he told Nevada Athletic Commission officials after the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Diego Corrales fight Saturday that it was his last. "Marc [Ratner, the commission's executive director] said I did a wonderful job and I asked him if I could say one more thing to the group," Steele said. "I told them, 'It's time for me to quit,' and it just knocked everybody out."
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May 28, 1990 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When referee Richard Steele stopped the Julio Cesar Chavez-Meldrick Taylor championship fight with two seconds left, the outcry was considerable. Taylor, score cards later showed, would have won a split decision in the March 17 fight. But at 2:58 of the 12th round, Steele peered into Taylor's eyes after Taylor had risen from a knockdown at the count of eight. Steele didn't like what he saw and stopped the bout. Taylor's handlers were incensed.
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February 17, 1989
Veteran referee Richard Steele was named to work Mike Tyson's heavyweight title defense against Britain's Frank Bruno at Las Vegas Feb. 25.
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June 23, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Mills Lane will be the referee for the rematch between Mike Tyson and Razor Ruddock on June 28, Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Chuck Minker said. Richard Steele worked the first meeting between Tyson and Ruddock on March 18--a bout that ended in controversy when Steele stopped the fight with Ruddock on his feet and gave the victory to Tyson.
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March 24, 1990
To any boxing fan who watched the Julio Cesar Chavez-Meldrick Taylor fight, one might have had a problem telling who had taken too many punches--Meldrick Taylor or referee Richard Steele. JESSE SPARKS Paso Robles
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January 24, 2001 | Associated Press
Richard Steele, the third man in the ring in some of boxing's most memorable bouts, has retired as a referee. The 57-year-old Steele said he told Nevada Athletic Commission officials after the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Diego Corrales fight Saturday that it was his last. "Marc [Ratner, the commission's executive director] said I did a wonderful job and I asked him if I could say one more thing to the group," Steele said. "I told them, 'It's time for me to quit,' and it just knocked everybody out."
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January 17, 1999
The round-by-round description by Ed Schuyler Jr. of the Associated Press of Mike Tyson's heavyweight fight with Francois Botha on Saturday night at the MGM Grand: * ROUND 1: Tyson didn't come storming out, as some expected. They met in the center of the ring and exchanged jabs. No serious punches landed in the first 30 seconds, although Tyson missed a big right and left and then a big left hook. They clinched and referee Richard Steele broke them. Almost immediately, they clinched again.
NEWS
March 27, 1996
Richard Steele, 77, a yachtsman who helped found the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum. A native of Pittsburgh who was brought up in Pasadena, Steele graduated from Pomona College and served as a Navy captain during World War II. He was a lifelong sailor and won several trophies in the Trans-Pac Race to Honolulu. In addition to helping create the nautical museum, Steele became a major contributor and recently obtained its new location aboard the historic stern-wheeler Pride of Newport.
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June 3, 1994 | NANCY KAPITANOFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Nancy Kapitanoff writes regularly about art for The Times.
Richard Gerrish's metal sculptures are full of life, even as they remind us of death. Legs kick and hands fly as skull-shaped faces peer out from the 32 agile figures, most of them life-size, that make up his installation "The Minstrel Show" at the Brand Library Art Galleries. The spacious gallery buzzes with excitement, as if these sculptures were dancers in a rehearsal hall, spinning in their own orbits, warming up for the big performance.
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June 23, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Mills Lane will be the referee for the rematch between Mike Tyson and Razor Ruddock on June 28, Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Chuck Minker said. Richard Steele worked the first meeting between Tyson and Ruddock on March 18--a bout that ended in controversy when Steele stopped the fight with Ruddock on his feet and gave the victory to Tyson.
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March 22, 1991 | LARRY STEWART
Richard Steele erred. Anyone who knows boxing and has reviewed the tape of the Mike Tyson-Razor Ruddock fight says the referee stopped it too soon. Steele's mistake will be the focal point of the replay on Showtime Saturday at 10 p.m. In a 90-minute special, the seven-round fight will be shown in its entirety, complete with Tyson's expletives, and then all the principals involved will discuss the controversial finish. Steele will appear in a taped interview.
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March 21, 1991 | JIM MURRAY
It has long been the notion here that you can never stop a prizefight too soon, only too late. There are some fights that should have been stopped before they were started. They stopped Benny (Kid) Paret's fight with Emile Griffith one lifetime too late, for example. The list is long of pugilists who went ignorantly to their executions, who would be alive today if the referee were less full of fight. A crowd is bloodthirsty. It abhors a cease-fire.
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