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Robinson, Sugar Ray, 1920-1989

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Personal name headingRobinson, Sugar Ray, 1920-1989
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Variant(s)Robinson, Ray, 1920-1989
Smith, Walker, 1920-1989
Birth date1920-05-03
Death date1989-04-12
Place of birthDetroit (Mich.)
Place of deathCulver City (Calif.)
Field of activityBoxing
AffiliationAmateur Athletic Union of the United States United States. Army
Sugar Ray Youth Foundation
Profession or occupationBoxers (Sports) Businesspeople
Found inOmnibus. IV, vol. 16 [MP] 1956: credits (Sugar Ray Robinson, guest)
World book ency., c1980, v. 16: p. 347 (Robinson, Ray; b. 1920 in Detroit, Mich.; also known as Sugar Ray Robinson; real name, Walker Smith, Jr.; American champion middleweight boxer, retiring 1965)
LC data base, 5-27-88 (hdg.: Robinson, Ray, 1920 (May 3)- )
Being Sugar Ray, 2007: ecip t.p. (Sugar Ray Robinson) galley (d. April 12, 1989)
African American National Biography, accessed April 7, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Robinson, Sugar Ray; Walker Smith Jr.; Sugar Ray; boxer; born 03 May, 1920 in Detroit, Michigan, United States; started boxing in Kingston, New York with Amateur Athletic Union, identity card with the name "Ray Robinson" on it, won the Golden Gloves featherweight title; professional boxer (1940); joined the U.S. Army (1943); developed a stage show, French Casino, in New York City, clubs on the French Riviera (1952-1955); owner of a bar, a dry cleaning store, a barbershop, a lingerie store in Harlem; retired from boxing with last match, Madison Square Garden (1965); appeared in motion pictures, variety programs; founded the Sugar Ray Youth Foundation in Los Angeles, California (1969); held the world welterweight title (1946-1951), was five times middleweight champion (1951-1960), Associated Press named him the greatest welterweight and greatest middleweight boxer of all time and ultimately named him the fighter of the century (1999); died 12 April, 1988 in Culver City, California, United States)