Who Killed Davey Moore?

By Robert Ecksel on September 28, 2013
Who Killed Davey Moore?
“It was a tragic accident, and I’ll stick with that because that’s exactly what it was.”

Bob Dylan honored Davey Moore in 1963. It took his hometown 50 years to do the same.

An eight-foot bronze statue of the former featherweight champion now stands in the middle of Springfield, Ohio. Two hundred people were present for the unveiling, including Moore’s widow Geraldine, his son Ricky, and Sugar Ramos, his opponent on that fateful night in Los Angeles.

“He’d be proud of this,” Geraldine said. “It’s really been an experience. We’re just glad that it’s here and he stands there.”

In 1959, Moore won the featherweight title from Hogan (Kid) Bassey.

On March 21, 1963, Moore fought Ramos at Dodger Stadium. Ramos dropped Moore in the 10th round. His neck hit the bottom rope as he was going down, but Moore seemed to be okay. After the fight he said, “It just wasn’t my night.”

Moore complained in his dressing room that his head hurt. He was rushed to a hospital, fell into a coma, and died three days later.

“No one killed Davey Moore,” said Moore’s widow, echoing the title of Dylan’s “Who Killed Davey Moore?”

“It was a very tragic accident and nobody was to blame. I have people ask me, ‘What do you think about that song?’ And I say I don’t really know but I feel today the way I felt that day. It was not his fault. He could not help it. It was a tragic accident, and I’ll stick with that because that’s exactly what it was.”

Ramos flew in from Mexico City to attend the ceremony.

“It was beautiful for me,” he said, “because I saw what I needed to see. I was at ease, and I wasn’t afraid. It was totally different. There was peace and tranquility.

“I’m always thinking about what happened and what I did, and it hurts, but that’s the law of life, so you have to do it.”

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And don’t miss Mike Casey’s superb tribute to Davey Moore

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  1. Mike Casey 03:34am, 10/01/2013

    Agree with your sentiments on Dylan, Peter. I do wish these guys would stick to doing what they do best. My record collection is liberally sprinkled with Bob’s fine work, but the Hurricane Carter business turned my stomach.

  2. Mike Casey 02:45am, 10/01/2013

    I wrote this feature on Davey Moore for Boxing.com last October: http://www.boxing.com/davey_moore_the_springfield_rifle.html

  3. peter 06:56pm, 09/30/2013

    I like Dylan’s music, but, in my view, he was dead wrong championing Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. And he—Dylan—is as crooked as the game of boxing. Just Google “Dylan—plagariasm” and learn for yourself.

  4. nicolas 10:55am, 09/30/2013

    Good song by Dylan, never heard it before, but kind of unfair for him to single out Sugar Ramos, and saying that boxing was outlawed in Cuba (not true of course, pro sports was).

  5. Mike Casey 06:28am, 09/30/2013

    That’s it, Ted! I knew there had to be a reason!

  6. THRESHER 06:26am, 09/30/2013

    Because many of those who vote think he lost to Iran Barkley


  7. Mike Casey 02:52am, 09/30/2013

    Why indeed!

  8. Your Name 05:43pm, 09/29/2013

    nice song

    why isn’t he in the Hall?

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