Saturday, June 4, 2016

Muhammad Ali The GOAT


In 1986 Effanbee captured this great likeness of Muhammad Ali in doll form.

Growing up in a house full of men:  three brothers and my father, one of them was bound to enjoy sports. They all loved boxing and would watch boxing matches on TV whenever they aired. I was never a fan of that or any sport, but particularly boxing, which I find to be brutal and senseless.  I do not like pain and do not like to see it inflicted upon anyone else, especially intentionally.

Why two men would dress in trunks and prance around in a boxing ring to brutalize one another for as many rounds as it took for one to be defeated, or for the match to be ended by the referee to stop the brutality, was beyond my scope of reasoning. But whenever Muhammad Ali was in the ring and before things became too brutal, I'd watch him fight for a while.  I found his pre-fight bragging and boasting about what he was going to do to his opponent fascinating, and more times than not, his predictions came true within the round he predicted.

From the "I am the Greatest" Great Moments in Sports Series #7652 by Effanbee 1986, made for one year only, this 18-inch, all-vinyl Muhammad Ali doll wears a replica of Everlast white satin, red-trimmed boxing trunks with matching robe, red boxing gloves, and white faux leather boxing shoes.  The boxed doll includes instructions on posing and a signed letter  from Muhammad Ali.  See next photo.


Muhammad Ali is the only boxer, professional or otherwise, that I have ever admired because he was his own man, who refused to be defined by others' rules and their attempted exploitation.  Even at the expense of almost losing his career and becoming financially destitute because he didn't play by their game, he remained steadfast in his convictions. Overall he triumphed in his fight to maintain and practice his Islamic faith and was able to return to the sport that he so dearly loved, boxing.


One of Ali's greatest rivals in boxing was Joe Frazier (Smokin' Joe).  The two were captured in 12-inch action-figure form in this Ali vs. Frazier boxed set by Starting Lineup, 1998.


It is unfortunate that the brutality of boxing eventually led to Ali's diagnosis of Parkinson's disease and his physical deterioration and demise.  This grave diagnosis was most probably his greatest battle, over which he did not become the victor.

Muhammad Ali, January 17, 1942 - June 3, 2016.  He is still the GOAT.  May he rest in powerful peace.
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Muhammad Ali, born January 17, 1942, died last night, June 3, 2016.  He was undeniably, as he often proclaimed, the greatest of all time (the GOAT).  I imagine he is still floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee, just on a higher level.  (Rumble, young man, rumble!)


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14 comments:

  1. i had the pleasure of meeting ali when he was cassius clay. my dad and i would go to the 5th street gym downtown los angeles. he trained there with his brother. he was an inspiration to many.

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    1. Yes he was an inspiration to many. How lucky you are to have met him. You stood in the presence of greatness.

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  2. I too had the pleasure of meeting him many years ago at a fund raiser in Los Angeles. He was very approachable and a genuinely nice guy. I have his autograph somewhere in an old autograph book.

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    1. Wow! So wonderful you were able to meet him, too. I imagine that he was a very approachable person.

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  3. Ali was the greatest. There will never be another like him. I love these dolls. I've never seen them before. You are so lucky.

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    1. Yes he was, Robotica. The one by Effanbee is my favorite.

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  4. The world has lost a great voice. I don't like boxing either and I'm glad he was able to show he was so much more than the guy who taunted his opponents. Those dolls are great, I especially like the 18 inch one, it's so realistic.

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    1. Yes, Maricha, Muhammad Ali was much more than a three-time heavyweight champion. He was his own man, unwilling to compromise his principles. A compassionate humanitarian outside the ring, he was admired by the masses.

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  5. Beautiful post! Now he is not suffering or suffering anymore.
    Have a lovely day!
    arlette

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    1. Thank you, Arlette! I hope you enjoy your day, too!

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  6. A wonderful post to celebrate his life and legacy.

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  7. Beautiful POST! I enjoyed reading. Yes. Ali was THE GOAT (Greatest Of ALL TIME) and there will NEVER be another one even CLOSE to him. God broke the mold on him!!!! And your dolls... are LOVELY. I never knew they existed!!!!!

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