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Don Dunphy
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Sportscaster
    (July 5, 1908-July 22, 1998)
    'Gillette Cavalcade of Sports' announcer
    Covered over 2,000 professional fights on radio and television (1939-1981), and covered champions from Joe Louis to Sugar Ray Leonard
    Named to Boxing Hall of Fame (1993)
    He was not paid for his first announcing job at WHOM in New York.
    He announced the 'Gillette Friday Night Fight' when Emile Griffith fatally beat Benny 'Kid' Paret (March 24, 1962).
    As Paret's comatose body was removed from ring (on camera), Dunphy read promos for upcoming fights.
    Paret's death caused boxing to be removed from prime time television for ten years.
    His worst announcing job was the third Ali-Frazier fight (1975). He often fell behind the action, or said nothing. He retired from full time announcing shortly after that fight.
    He appeared in 'Matilda,' that horrid kangaroo boxing travesty starring Robert Mitchum.
    He was known as the 'Voice of Boxing.'
    He was well respected using his marvelous descriptive skills yet not forcing his opinions.
    After retiring he was often interviewed.
    Until his death he appeared in documentaries and sports specials.
    Of the 2,000 fights he covered, over 200 were championship bouts, and fifty of those were heavyweight championship bouts.
    He appeared in the movie 'Raging Bull' as himself.
    To be fair, for Ali-Frazier III he had to deal with his color commentators, Flip Wilson and Hugh O'Brian. They were forced on him by the network and had little boxing knowledge.

Credit: Art Gremashlo


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