Hall Of Fame Calls To Jim Lampley, 0-1 As Fighter, TBE As Blow by Blow Caller

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Hendersonville, North Carolina.1955.

A little boy is adrift.

Not fully, mom is there, loving, nurturing. But dad isn't. He has died. Cancer.

One year before.

It is Christmas season. Bittersweet.

The lights, the thoughts of Santa's arrival, those are happy thoughts. But dad isn't here. No gifts can remove that sting, the pangs, the coal-black cloud which hovers, descends when silence is present.

Mom knows the son is sad, misses dad, that the hole will likely never be fully filled. Mom knows the son needs things to help keep him attached to dad, keep memories alive.

There is a holiday party, at a home of a friend. Mom takes son's hand, marches down a hallway, to the bedroom of the hostess.

Adults clink glasses, flirt, make merry.

Those are the sounds in the background while mom turns on a TV, black and white set.

Mom to son: “Sit down, you are going to watch the Friday Night Fights, Sugar Ray Robinson versus Bobo Olson. This is what you and your father would be doing if he were still here.”

Robinson scored a KO win. Don Dunphy called the event. An abiding, over-riding interest was born, in the sport, in the blood of a premier presenter of pugilism, Jim Lampley.

He was enthralled. Then he feel in love. With Cassius Clay, 1960 Rome Olympics.

Some, most boys would watch fights, walk away from the screen shadow-boxing. Not Jim. Not a fighter, never was. Been in one fight. 0-1 record, KO by.

Pete Demme, a pal, knew JL hadn't been in a fight. “Helped” him rectify that gap in experience.

1965. Parking lot at Southwest Miami High School. Main event set for 2:30 PM. Word spread faster, harder than what Darlene McCarthy did with Nathaniel Carter last Friday at Shadow Lake.

Hundreds of folks milling. Energy in the air. Uncertainty. Promise of violence, of questions asked and answered. Demme and Lampley squared off. Out shot a Demme right, landed on Lampley's kisser. Landed clean. Front tooth chipped. Blood. Lampley to his knees. Fight over. Demme, winner, KO1.

Dentists still make money today off Demme's right.

Lampley's never been in a punchout since. Lots of loudmouths in bars tried to lure him, he knew his identity. Lover, not fighter. Respectful of the art, the science, and of his limitations. And sorta soft. Serious side, not prone to excessive frivolity. But the 66-year-old can be sentimental, heart can wash over brain and pride. Sometimes chokes up…like when telling that wife Debra set it up so 11 Lampleys will see him inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame Sunday, in Canastota.

94 year old Uncle Bill will be there. 84 year old Aunt Mary Ann.

Remember, dad Jim died when he was five. Mom Peggy died in 1985. This will almost be like having them there. Young Jim held back tears telling me this. Lone sibling, brother Fred, he died. Jim, and extended family, and fabulous Debra will beam with pride.

She gets the credit, Mike, Jim said.

I was always better at talking than fighting, he told me. He will talk about fights tomorrow, on HBO, Saturday night, in NY. Walters and Verdejo top the card.

One of the best to ever do it, maybe TBE, will do the blow by blow. It's about creating captions, Mike. Don't be afraid of silence, either, he said.

Milestone will be reached. Still desirous, though. Wants blow by blow man Bob Sheridan in, wants pal Harold Lederman to get a hall call. They belong in there, he tells me. He belongs in there.

Here's the caption: Congratulations, Jim Lampley, on an honor most deserved. Thanks for your service to the sport, we appreciate your devotion and skill. We love that you're a lover, not a fighter.

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-Froggy :

Great read and well deserved induction for Lampley ! Sheridan and Lederman will get there also as they deserve it !


-Kid Blast :

Jim Lampley is about as nice a guy as I have ever met in the world of boxing. Humble, engaging, ultra-bright, and inquisitive. I have known him on a personal level for years and can only great things about him. Same goes for his family.


-Bernie Campbell :

You want integety in the fight game? Dont worry about Lampley! Eliminate the ring card girls and the illusion of femininity that they dump on serious buisiness in the ring! Im tired of seeing cheeks and breasts to supposedly rowl up the fans with impossible fantasies! As a matter of fact, I think they should bring on matronly grandmother types to hold the cards and slap upside the head to some of these fools that cat call the hired help!


-stormcentre :

Wicked stuff from our own MC . . . whoops I mean BC. For all you folks out there that don't know . . . there's a reason no-one plucks with the BC here at the TSS. And that's because BC is like the Black Ops Ninja warrior of these forums. You just never know where he is, when he will strike, and what that takedown will be. But the score is always big and successful. :) Wicked misogynist stuff Bernie. Yep - unless they're naked, easy on the optic nerve, complaint, capable of breaking not one . . but 3 serves at the net, and ready - get em all out; agree. :)


-Absy71 :

You want integety in the fight game? Dont worry about Lampley! Eliminate the ring card girls and the illusion of femininity that they dump on serious buisiness in the ring! Im tired of seeing cheeks and breasts to supposedly rowl up the fans with impossible fantasies! As a matter of fact, I think they should bring on matronly grandmother types to hold the cards and slap upside the head to some of these fools that cat call the hired help!
Lol, Love it BC, respect for the female kind, I remember a HOfF, answer to a ?, do u believe in female boxing, responding , WOMEN are Beautiful, keep them that way!,


-Kid Blast :

Bernie Campbell, I never tire of seeing "cheeks and breasts."
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-deepwater2 :

Please keep the ring card girls. They deserve a paycheck more than the ugly Watson's.


-Bernie Campbell :

Yo Kid Blast....Never tire of seeing cheecks and breasts? I advise you to spend more time in the Burlesque theatre or a topless go go! These girls are cutting into my fights time! They are a darn distraction...and I bet the Mafia is behind it! Out! Get the Vaudeville Hook! Off with you!


-Kid Blast :

Bernie Campbell, you sound like the Muslims in Russia?s Caucasus regions where according to a report from the BBC, ?The head of Mir Boksa, the country's main boxing promoter, says that the women will have to cover up in future so that both fighters and fans of different cultures and religions feel comfortable. ?The announcement has been met with alarm, dismay and bewilderment? among many sports commentators and fans. An online survey by sports.ru showed that 73 percent of their readers were opposed to the decision to compel so-called ring girls to wear more clothes The PC Police have metastasized into Russia, Can we be far behind.


-brownsugar :

I'm just going to drop the microphone, this is Bernie Campbell Day. But grandmotherly age ring card girls.....hmmmmm.


-Kid Blast :

Even the Mexican skeleton with the cigar is better than the Annoying Watson Twins and their moronic father.


-kidcanvas :

Good for you Jimmy, you have earned my respect over the decades and this honor being given to you is deserving in my book.. God Bless u pal


-Bernie Campbell :

Not only do I feel that the ring card girls should be over 60 years of age, but I think that they should have a requirement of having pickled herring on their breath with Chocolate just like Lou Duva and Larry Merchant do!


-Pazuzu :

Not only do I feel that the ring card girls should be over 60 years of age, but I think that they should have a requirement of having pickled herring on their breath with Chocolate just like Lou Duva and Larry Merchant do!
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-Bernie Campbell :

I would consider myself more of a political satyrist out of the lines of Steven Wright more than Carrol Oconner...Archie bunker spoke..and didnt know what he said! Get rid of the ring card girls, there is no redeeming quality in having them! Al Bernstien tolerates them!


-Pazuzu :

Fair point, Bernie. No disrespect intended. Steven Wright is one of my faves.


-The Commish :

Great read and well deserved induction for Lampley ! Sheridan and Lederman will get there also as they deserve it !
You are so right. Great read and yes, Col. Bob & Harold Lederman are not far behind. -Randy G.


-Froggy :

You are so right. Great read and yes, Col. Bob & Harold Lederman are not far behind. -Randy G.
Nice to see a post of yours again Commish, hope to see more soon, here and from the book store !