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I survived school history despite the best efforts of the education system to bore me to death. Many years later, I discovered Treaties, dates, the movement of nations, are mere context. The fascination is in the details.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Robert "Ruby" Fitzsimmons. This day in 1891, Bob Fitzsimmons won the Middleweight title from Jack Dempsey in New Orleans. Knockout in the 13th.
Fitzsimmons was born in England, raised in New Zealand, and started his pro career in Australia. He became so famous, all three countries claim him as their own.
But why "Ruby"? I would have thought calling a 5ft 11 boxer Ruby would earn a knockout in the first second.


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