Sport: The Manly Art of Murder

Ordinarily, the judge's report on the court's inquest would have been a formality. Since no one was legally responsible for the death of Professional Heavyweight Hayes ("Ed") Sanders, no one could be prosecuted. But to Chief Justice Elijah Adlow of Boston's municipal court the death of Ed Sanders (25), shortly after he was knocked out in the eleventh round of a fight with New England Champion Willie James, was still murder and the bout's spectators were party to the crime.

Since 1900, said Judge Adlow last week, 327 men have died from prize-ring injuries. There were six fatalities last year. In the...

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