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Sports - Feb. 19, 2019
A tribute to Bert Tate, Milwaukee's turn-of-the-century black boxing champion
Milwaukee's first notable black boxer still would have been left out in the cold by the color line that kept heavyweight fighters of his race from going after the big prize.
Sports - June 16, 2018
One of "Joe's Boys," local boxing legend LeRoy Allen kept the faith
Though he retired in 1959 after just seven pro fights, LeRoy Allen Sr. was a seminal figure in local boxing over the next four decades as a ringside judge at fights and even more so as a tireless keeper of the flame he picked up from his Urban League boxing coach.
Milwaukee History - Dec. 8, 2017
Remembering Battling Nelson and his greatest fight
In a discussion about boxing's keenest wits, the name of Oscar Matthew Battling Nelson - the early 20th century lightweight champion - isn't likely to come up. But he was no mere mindless boxing brute.
Milwaukee History - Jan. 13, 2017
Remembering Adonis Ames, Milwaukee's elastic man
Milwaukee's own John A. Krause, more popularly known at the turn of the century as world-renowned contortionist Adonis Ames, bent over backwards to become famous - and paid for it by dying before he was 30 years old.
Sports - Dec. 6, 2016
Over a century ago today, Milwaukee boxing fans had a bout of their own
On this day, 120 years ago, local boxing fans stole out to a roadhouse near Hales Corners, after midnight and in a blizzard, to watch an illegal prizefight for the lightweight championship of Wisconsin. Many of them ended up in worse shape than the combatants in the ring.
Sports - Oct. 11, 2016
Wisconsin's Pryor engagement
On May 16, 1990, it was announced that Aaron Pryor - who was legally blind in one eye - was coming to Madison to box, thereby thrusting Wisconsin into the sport's spotlight for the first time in 40 years. But the attention was hardly flattering.
Milwaukee History - July 26, 2016
New book finally gives banished hometown baseball icon his place in history
A nagging gap on the Milwaukee sports history shelf has finally been filled with the publication of "Happy Felsch: Banished Black Sox Center Fielder," a biography of the homegrown icon and member of the infamous Black Sox World Series fix.
Milwaukee History - June 7, 2016
Vietnam couldn't divide West Allis boxer and Ali
West Allis native Don Lutz was a professional boxer in Miami Beach, where he trained with numerous world champions, including Muhammad Ali. And even though they responded to being drafted to the Vietnam War differently, the two couldn't be divided.
Milwaukee History - June 4, 2016
Muhammad Ali, dead at 74, left an indelible mark in his Milwaukee visits
The illustrious Muhammad Ali, who died Friday night at 74, visited Milwaukee at least four times. He always left an indelible, unforgettable mark on the town and the people that saw him, including this writer.
Milwaukee History - May 31, 2016
Milwaukee Talks: Professional boxer Luis "Cuba" Arias
Native Milwaukeean Luis "Cuba" Arias, 25, is an undefeated middleweight who hopes to lead a boxing renaissance here when he fights at the Wisconsin Center on June 4 against Jorge Silva. Now a Florida resident, Arias talked with OnMilwaukee about his homecoming and his ring career.
Milwaukee History - March 29, 2016
It's nobody's business whether I vote
Thanks to my often reluctant participation in our grand democracy by voting in elections, my mailbox has lately been overflowing with brochures from candidates. Most of it is just annoying, but today's mail brought something downright offensive.
Tagged with: politics, voting, election
Milwaukee History - Feb. 3, 2016
Meet John L. Slaughter, once king of Milwaukee's Turf
John L. Slaughter reigned, in the long-ago words of a local newspaper, as "king of the Milwaukee colored colony," owning one of old Downtown Milwaukee's biggest gambling joints. And his fall from the throne was as jaw-dropping as his rise.
Milwaukee History - Jan. 24, 2016
Theodore Anton: Milwaukee's first "Greek Freak"
Milwaukee's original "Greek Freak" Theodore Anton stood only waist-high to the current one playing for the Bucks. But in a match-up in Anton's boxing arena, 6'11" Giannis Antetokounmpo would be in over his head.
Milwaukee History - Dec. 19, 2015
Jerome Wilson's "Wiped Out?" is the sports book of the year
The mark British light-welterweight Jerome Wilson hoped to make in boxing, until he left the ring on a stretcher in his 11th pro fight last year, is now indelibly etched with "Wiped Out? The Jerome Wilson Story."
Milwaukee History - Nov. 27, 2015
Walk hard: 108 years ago, the sport of pedestrianism arrived in Milwaukee
One hundred eight years ago, a 69-year-old man walked from Portland, Maine, to Chicago. A week later, Weston arrived in Milwaukee for a walking contest with political implications that overshadowed its competitive ones.
Milwaukee History - Nov. 6, 2015
That time a Milwaukee man going Downtown made the front page
I rise now to heap encomiums on Louis Mueller, though he is long gone, and I know him only from a front-page article in The Milwaukee Journal 100 years ago titled, "Milwaukee man Downtown for the first time in 31 years."
Milwaukee History - Oct. 31, 2015
Milwaukee's real-life paranormal love triangle
`Tis the season to remember when a Milwaukee judge ruled that a man had no right to beat his wife because she was cheating on him with the ghost of her dead first husband.
Milwaukee History - Sept. 28, 2015
The many, many, many escapes of Eliza Blue
Eliza Blue was hard on the eyes, but not in the way Donald Trump thinks that about Carly Fiorina. In 1905, the Milwaukee woman permanently blinded a man by throwing acid in his face. Ten years later, Eliza blinded another man the same way. She was also Milwaukee's greatest escape artist since Harry Houdini left town.
Milwaukee History - July 28, 2015
Another cat encounter from Milwaukee's past
On the afternoon of Nov. 30, 1936, people at the busy Downtown intersection of 3rd and Wells Streets were startled by the appearance of a gorilla walking a lion. The former was actually a familiar enough sight in Milwaukee, as William "Gorilla" Jones was a famous boxer who'd fought in Milwaukee seven times. The latter, however, was new.
Milwaukee History - July 22, 2015
A moment of silence for the goat, please
The recent Milwaukee lion drama calls to mind two past Milwaukee cat encounters: one with an escaped leopard in the early 1900s and another with a "lion" in 1920.
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