Bert Sugar

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Herbert "Bert" Randolph Sugar (June 7, 1936 Washington DC - March 25, 2012) was a sports historian, a television commentator, a magazine publisher and editor, and an author of more than 80 books. He also appeared in movies, including Night and the City, The Great White Hype and Rocky Balboa, in which he played himself. Though mainly associated with boxing, Sugar was a history devotee of other sports as well, including baseball, football and horse racing.

Sugar graduated from the University of Maryland and earned business and law degrees at the University of Michigan. He passed the Washington bar in 1961 — “the only bar I ever passed,” he was wont to remark — but instead of going into the law, he moved to New York City and worked for a time in advertising.

Sugar later got into journalism and became the publisher and editor of The Ring magazine and Boxing Illustrated magazine. He also started the magazine Fight Game.

Sugar has been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame "Expanded Category" (Print and media journalists, publishers, writers, historians, photographers and artists).

Sugar received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in May 2010.