Archive for the ‘Madison Square Garden’ Category
Fly Him to Madison Square Garden: Archie Moore, light heavyweight champion of the world, addressed the Lemon Grove Men’s Club at Michael’s Steak House. Then 42 and a Madison Square Garden favorite, Moore was fresh from his 1959 win over Sterling Davis by a knockout in the third round.
Moore still holds the record for the most wins by knockout (131) and is in an elite group whose boxing careers spanned four decades. He retired to San Diego and started a film career, garnering praise for such roles as Jim, the runaway slave in Michael Curtiz’s production of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Honors continued to accrue to “The Old Mongoose,” as he was nicknamed, until his death in 1998, age 82.
About this column: Compiled by Helen Ofield, president of the Lemon Grove Historical Society, from newspapers archived at the H. Lee House Cultural Center. Each week, we’ll take a peek at the past with some news and advertising highlights from a randomly chosen edition of the Lemon Grove Review.