The Press: Winchell v. Sugar Ray

The item in Walter Winchell's column one day last June sounded genuinely solicitous. "Sugar Ray Robinson and gambler-shylocks are at war," it read. "Buddies rushed out of Harlem bars and saved him from planned mayhem. This man may be slain, Mr. Police Commissioner . . ." But for at least one Winchell reader the solicitude was less than welcome. Last week onetime World Welterweight and Middleweight Champion Robinson, now a slow-motion 44, sued Columnist Winchell and his employers, Hearst Consolidated Publications, for $1,000.000.

Sugar Ray claimed the large round sum on the ground that...

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