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50 years ago, boxer Davey Moore's fatal fight at Dodger Stadium

Davey Moore and 'Sugar' Ramos boxing at Dodger Stadium, March 21, 1963. Moore was killed that night.
Davey Moore and 'Sugar' Ramos boxing at Dodger Stadium, March 21, 1963. Moore was killed that night. LAPL/Hollywood Citizen News/Valley Times Collection

Sportswriter David Davis has a great longread in the Los Angeles Review of Books about a boxing match that happened 50 years ago today at Dodger Stadium between Davey Moore and "Sugar" Ramos.

 

It was an accident. It was a tragedy. It became a political issue. Governor Edmund “Pat” Brown called for the abolition of boxing, as did Los Angeles Times columnist Jim Murray. A similar entreaty came from Pope John XXIII.

Bob Dylan wrote a protest song that excoriated everyone in boxing — including the fans and the media — for Moore’s death. At the song’s center is a wrenching, unanswerable question:

Who killed Davey Moore?
Why and what’s the reason for?

A year passed, then two. Those who had usurped the moment — the politicians and the pontiffs, the sportswriters and the songwriters — were consumed by other matters. The assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the March on Washington, Vietnam.

The two people most affected by Davey Moore’s death had to get on with their lives. Moore’s widow, Geraldine, took a job and raised five children as a single mom.

Sugar Ramos, the new champion, kept fighting.

Fifty years have passed. The memory of Davey Moore lingers like a whisper.

 

Here's the whole fight.

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