Frank Palermo in hall of fame. Is this an impossible thought?

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Palermo in HOF. Reasonable?

  1. Yes. Despite all the negative shades, he made a lot of fights possible.

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  2. Are you out of your mind? That man was a sick criminal!

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  1. themostoverrated

    themostoverrated Member Full Member

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    Frank 'Blinky' Palermo is a name infamous in boxing for his criminal connections and fixed fights. But he also organized a lot of high-level fights. Would it ever be possible for Palermo to get inducted into the hall of fame?

    What do you think?
     
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  2. newurban99

    newurban99 Member Full Member

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    I have never read a detailed account of his life and criminal career. I believe he ran the numbers racket in Philly. He worked behind the scenes in concert with Frank Carbo in managing fighters including Ike Williams, Johnny Bratton and Sonny Liston. He was a partner with Sam Margolis in the Sansom Delicatessen near the University of Pennsylvania campus. Liston used to eat at the restaurant often.That's most of what I've read. Blinky outlived Carbo by decades and died in his early 90s. Geraldine Liston spoke highly of him.
     
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  3. Jackomano

    Jackomano Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    He was a huge figure and contributed a lot to boxing as trainer, manager, promoter, matchmaker, etc...

    He was great at developing fighters and invested a lot of money in fighters other managers and the press had written off and helped a lot of fighters reach great success that they wouldn’t have without his involvement.

    However, like any person he wasn’t perfect and had a very short fuse like a lot of guys do in the boxing industry and his short fuse was the main reason he was often in legal trouble.
     
  4. hdog500

    hdog500 New Member Full Member

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    It's not like anyone is clamoring for him to get in the HOF and all this would do would be to highlight his criminal past. All risk with no reward.
     
  5. klompton2

    klompton2 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    The fact that they let anyone into the HOF now bodes well for his chances.
     
  6. mr. magoo

    mr. magoo VIP Member Full Member

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    Don’t know anything about him, but if Yaqui Lopez is in the HOF then I suppose anything is possible.
     
  7. mcvey

    mcvey VIP Member Full Member

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    He was scum.Name boxer he trained?
     
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  8. Pugguy

    Pugguy Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    I also don’t know enough about him - whether he deserves entry or not based solely on contributions to boxing.

    However, IF he was precluded only due to a criminal and shady past - well, wouldn’t that open up a Pandora’s Box re many pre-existing admissions and they’re not being deserved also?

    Boxing often operates on very shady mechanisms and includes/invites many participants willing to move with less than righteous actions and activities.

    If we preclude all those in question, the only fighters in the HOF would be guys who were also eligible for being canonised and decreed to be Saints.

    Also, it takes a couple of miracles to be duly recognised- Ali had Liston, Foreman and perhaps the Spinks rematch. Not bad.

    More than enough miracles, but I don’t know that Muhammad could be recognised as a Saint otherwise. :D
     
  9. Jackomano

    Jackomano Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    When Palermo quit fighting he trained amateurs for years in Ohio and Philly before becoming a full-time manager in the early to mid 30's.