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Boxing

In the boxing world, South Florida is best known for the 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach where Muhammad Ali trained along with other greats such as George Foreman and Sugar Ray Leonard. But there were countless others training in more obscure gyms in Miami as they tried to break into the big time using […]

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Orange Bowl Parade

The first Orange Bowl parade was held on January 1, 1936. It was part of a festival intended to attract tourists and support the University of Miami football team. It featured 26 floats and eight bands. The parade, which bumped along from Biscayne Boulevard to Southwest 12th Avenue, was held every year except three during […]

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Miami Dolphins

In 1965, the American Football League awarded an expansion franchise to Joe Robbie and television star Danny Thomas for $7.5 million. The naming of the franchise was left to the public. “Dolphins” was submitted by 622 entrants in a contest that attracted 19,843 entries.”The dolphin is one of the fastest and smartest creatures in the […]

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Boating

South Florida has a long and rich maritime history. It’s ports have reached global prominence in trade, commerce and the cruise industry. The area has also been at the top of the recreational boating industry. It has hosted the The Miami International Boat show for over 70 years and held numerous boat races and Regattas that […]

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Bowling

South Florida was an international bowling hub from 1960 until midway through the 1990s.The 1967 ABC Tournament in the Miami Beach Convention Center drew about 40,000 bowlers from across the country. Bird Bowl, which opened in 1956, was the home of some of the best bowling leagues in the South, including a scratch women’s league […]

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Miami Skaters

Over the years, from the ’60s through today, skateboarders in Miami have made impromptu ramps out of stairs, railings and Miami Marine Stadium.

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Miami Marine Stadium

Miami Marine Stadium, an architectural gem on Biscayne Bay that opened in 1963 and closed in 1992 after Hurricane Andrew, was a popular venue for speedboat races and concerts. A long-running campaign to reopen it has raised millions of dollars.

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Muhammad Ali

Ferdie Pacheco – Ali’s longtime fight doctor and friend- once said, “Cassius Clay was born in Louisville, but Muhammad Ali was born in Miami.” Cassius Clay arrived in Miami in the winter of 1960, fresh from winning a gold medal at the Rome Olympics. He trained at the legendary Fifth Street Gym for his heavyweight […]

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Soap Box Derby, 1956

In 1956, the fourth annual Miami Herald-Chevrolet Dealers Soap Box Derby pitted horsepowerless speedsters against each other.

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