Sport: Seventy-Seven Rounds

"You 10-round softies of today, get on your feet and salute a man." The man thus challengingly saluted: Frank Crosby, dead in his mid-70s, who 50 years ago fought the longest and strangest knockout fight in history. The saluter: Ed Wray, St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports editor.

The four-ounce-glove fight—and Crosby—lasted 77 rounds, five hours and five minutes.* The winner was a St. Louis printer named Harry Sharpe, whose rewards were 1) the Missouri lightweight championship, 2) a side bet of $500, 3) eleven months in jail for violating an anti-prizefight law. (Crosby was let...

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