|Cause of death Cardiac arrest|
Name Bert Sugar
|Education JD, MBA|
Movies Play It to the Bone
|Full Name Herbert Randolph Sugar|
Born June 7, 1937*Washington, D.C.
Residence New York City, New York
Alma mater University of Maryland, University of Michigan JD, MBA
Occupation Boxing writer, sports historian
Died March 25, 2012, Mount Kisco, New York, United States
Spouse Suzanne Sugar (m. 1960–2012)
Children Jennifer Frawley, J.B. Sugar
Books Boxing's greatest fighters, The Ultimate Book of B, Bert Sugar on boxing, Classic Baseball Cards, Hall of Fame Baseball
Similar People Angelo Dundee, Floyd Patterson, Larry Holmes, Ron Shelton
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Bert Randolph Sugar (June 7, 1936 – March 25, 2012) was a boxing writer and sports historian recognizable by his trademark fedora and cigar.
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Sugar was born in Washington, D.C. on June 7, 1936.
Sugar graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1953, where he was a reporter and columnist for the school's newspaper. His entry in the high school yearbook for that year predicts he "will become a radio announcer or sports writer." Sugar graduated from the University of Maryland. He earned a JD and MBA from the University of Michigan in 1960. After passing the bar exam, he worked in the advertising business in New York City for ten years. During his time in the advertising business, he worked at several different agencies, including J Walter Thompson, PKL and McCann Erickson.
Sugar bought Boxing Illustrated magazine in 1969 and was editor until 1973. From 1979 to 1983 he was editor and publisher of The Ring. In 1988 he once again began editing Boxing Illustrated. In 1998 he founded Bert Sugar's Fight Game.
Sugar authored over 80 books, focusing on his favorite sports boxing and baseball. Various boxing books that Sugar has written include Great Fights, Bert Sugar on Boxing, 100 Years of Boxing, Sting like a Bee (with José Torres), The Ageless Warrior (Preface, with Mike Fitzgerald) and Boxing's Greatest Fighters. Sugar was called "The Greatest Boxing Writer of the 20th Century" by the International Veterans Boxing Association.
In May 2009 he and Running Press published Bert Sugar's Baseball Hall of Fame: A Living History of America's Greatest Game.
Sugar also co-wrote a book about Harry Houdini titled Houdini, His Life and Art with James Randi.
Sugar appeared in several films playing himself, including Night and the City, The Great White Hype and Rocky Balboa. Interviews with Sugar feature in Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson. Along with Lou Albano, he helped write The Complete Idiot's Guide to Pro Wrestling. He wrote a regular sports column for Smoke Magazine, a quarterly cigar lifestyle magazine. Sugar was described by Bob Costas as being "Runyonesque" (in reference to Damon Runyon); and as "one of the foremost historians alive," by the Boston Globe.
Sugar was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in January 2005. In May 2010, he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. In 2011, he was featured on The Pentagon Channel's Armed Forces Boxing Championships. Sugar had been scheduled to broadcast the 2012 matches, but his declining health prevented him from doing so. Sugar is the grand-nephew of famed Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach.
Sugar died from cardiac arrest on March 25, 2012 at age 75. His family was at his bedside at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, New York. Prior to his death, Sugar had been battling lung cancer.