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Old 09-18-2012, 11:37 PM   #61
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Fights at Dodger Stadium


The original date for the fights at Dodgers Stadium was a week before the fights actually took place. A week before that ill-fated night Connie and I were sitting ringside in a down pour of rain when in the 11th hour a decision was made to postpone the fights. A week later, give or take a day the fights were held and we all know the outcome of that tragic night.


Also killed that night in an auto accident on his way home from the fights that night was Hank Weaver. Hank was the ringside TV announcer for the Hollywood Legion Stadium fights in the early 1950's. He also had a short segment on TV before the fights, "Under the Pepper Trees" where he would interview fighters and fans as they came into the Stadium.


Would the outcome been different for Davey Moore and Hank Weaver had the fights been held on the original date? We'll never know, will we?
@kikibalt,

That was a triple header championship card that night in Dodger Stadium, wasn't it?

Do you mind refreshing me on who fought in the other two championship fights that night and the results?

Thanks.
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Old 09-19-2012, 07:28 AM   #62
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@kikibalt,

That was a triple header championship card that night in Dodger Stadium, wasn't it?

Do you mind refreshing me on who fought in the other two championship fights that night and the results?

Thanks.
Here's the card, yancey

Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California, United States

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The big surprise of the night was Battling Torres getting iced in the first round
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Old 09-19-2012, 07:36 AM   #63
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Great, great thread.
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Old 09-19-2012, 07:38 AM   #64
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:04 AM   #65
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Great, great thread.
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:08 AM   #66
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:13 AM   #67
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:53 AM   #68
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:22 AM   #69
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Frankie Baltazar v Chango Cruz
October 28, 1976
By Frank “kiki” Baltazar

Monday, October 25, 1976, Frankie and I were working at a Ford dealership (paint shop) in Alhambra, Ca. That morning I told Frankie that on our lunch hour I was going to go see Don Chargin at the Olympic Auditorium to see if I could set up a six-round fight for him for that coming Thursday night.

I left Alhambra about 11:30 AM. got to the Olympic about 25 minutes later. As I parked the car I was thinking about how hard it had become to get Frankie fights. His record stood at 4-1 with 2 knockouts. The one decision loss was an out-of-town (Stockton, Ca.) fight against Reynaldo Zaragoza, a fight that just about everybody in the house thought Frankie had won.

As I entered the Olympic I was hoping that I wasn't again wasting my time as I had been doing lately in talking to Chargin. I climbed the stairs to his office and as I got to the door I could hear Harry Kabakoff saying, "What are we going to do Don? Castillo won't fight Cruz."

"We'll find somebody for him to fight, so don't worry Harry," I heard Don say. As I walked in I could see that Harry looked like he was about to start crying, but he smiled a big smile when he saw me walk in.

"Is your boy ready to fight?" Harry asked me.

"Yes, that's why I'm here, to see if I can get Frankie a six-round fight," I answered.

"How about Thursday night in the main event?" Harry asked.

"Against who?" I countered.

"Chango Cruz."

"C'mon Harry. Cruz has had 12 fights with 8 KO's, Frankie only has five fights. By the way, what happened to Castillo?"

"Castillo got sick, so they say. I think they are afraid to fight my new champ," said Harry.

I turned to Chargin and asked him about getting a six-round fight, and he said that none of the local fighters wanted to fight Frankie and that it was too expensive to bring in out-of-town fighters for a six-round fight. At that point Harry jumped in and told me to forget about a six rounder and to take the Cruz fight. Chargin then said, "Frank, we'll pay you XXX dollars."

"I don't know, Don. Like I said, Frankie only has had five fights, and he has never gone more than seven rounds. This would be a ten-round fight against a guy with 12 wins, 8 by knockout. I don't want to put Frankie in over his head," I said to Chargin. Harry again jumped in and said they would pay us more than they first offered. After going around for about an hour and seeing the offer go up a few more times and being told not to worry about the weight, I accepted the fight.

I got back to the shop and told Frankie to go home, that he was fighting the main on Thursday. "Who am I fighting Pops?" he asked.

"You are fighting Chango Cruz, mijo," I said.

"But Pops! Cruz has 12 wins and 8 by knockout. I only have five fights. What happened to Castillo?"

"Castillo got sick, mijo. Now go home, I'll see you at the gym," I told him.

I wasn't sure that Frankie would beat Cruz, but I was sure that he wouldn't get hurt. After all, Frankie had been boxing since he was six years old.

Frankie won by ninth-round knockout, and Harry didn't talk to me for about six months after that. . .
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Ruben Olivares, Chucho Castillo, Evan Armstrong & Jose Medel...1968

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Carol Steindler, the daughter of Howie Steindler.

Carol took over her father's 'Main Street Gym' after her father was murdered on March 9, 1977.

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Terry Young (right) and Enrique Bolanos trade blows during their ten-round fight at Madison Square Garden, Sept. 23, 1949. Young of New York's East Side, took a unanimous decision over the Mexican lightweight. At the weigh-in Young tipped the scales at 140 1/4; Bolanos at 137 1/2.
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Champion Ike Williams (L) reels from a well placed blow from challenger, Enrique Bolanos early in the
fourth round of NBA lightweight title bout at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, 4/30/46.
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