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Famed Boxing Announcer Harry Balogh Dead at 70

Aug. 16, 1961 - Harry William Balogh (pictured with Joe Louis in 1938), the boxing announcer, died today in New York's Beth Israel Hospital. He was 70 years old. Mr. Balogh was for a quarter century the unquestioned master of his craft who soared to dizzying heights of rhetorical fancy. It was he who adopted the tuxedo and stiff-front shirt as the boxing announcer's uniform. Mr. Balogh conducted a one-man campaign from the center of the prize ring against racial prejudice. He appealed to the crowds to permit the boxer to ply his trade regardless of race. He even took the trouble to memorize enough Spanish to introduce Spanish-speaking boxers to growing Spanish-speaking fight crowds.


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