Dave Anderson Gifts IBHOF

By Robert Ecksel on November 29, 2011
Dave Anderson Gifts IBHOF
Anderson won a Pulitzer Prize in 1981 for distinguished commentary for his NYT column


Dave Anderson, longtime sportswriter for the New York Times, has gifted the International Boxing Hall of Fame some of the boxing memorabilia he has collected over the years.

The 82-year-old Anderson began working at the New York Times in 1966 as a general assignment sports reporter. In Nov. 1971 he was promoted to sports columnist.

Among the many items Anderson donated to the Hall are books by Hall of Fame announcer Don Dunphy (“Don Dunphy at Ringside”), literary lions A.J. Liebling (“A Neutral Corner”), Budd Schulberg (“Loser and Still Champion”), and W.C. Heinz (“The Professional”).

In addition to those terrific books, programs from such bouts as Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman, Ali vs. Joe Bugner, and posters from Ali vs. Berbick and Ali vs. Frazier III now grace the collection in Canastota.

Anderson is an inductee into the IBHOF, but many awards and honors have come his way over the years.

In 1965 he won the E.P. Dutton Award for best magazine sports story for his True magazine article, “The Longest Day of Sugar Ray.” In 1972 he won the E.P. Dutton Award for best sports feature story of the year for a piece on heavyweight champion Joe Frazier. The BWAA awarded Anderson with the 1973 Nat Fleischer Award for “Excellence in Boxing Journalism.” He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1981 for distinguished commentary for his column in the Times, and the 1994 Associated Press Sports Editors Red Smith Award for distinguished sports column writing.

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  1. jofre 06:04pm, 12/01/2011

    I hope they display the items in the museum and not down in their basement where a lot of donated memorbillia ends up.

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