Arnstein & Lehr supports HistoryMiami celebration of 50th anniversary of Cassius Clay, Sonny Liston bout
Arnstein & Lehr celebrated a pivotal event in Miami sporting history by underwriting HistoryMiami’s recent launch of an exhibit of the world heavyweight championship fight between reigning champion Sonny Liston and Mohammed Ali (then Cassius Clay), held, February 25, 1964, at the Miami Beach Convention Hall. The fight is considered seminal in launching Ali as one of the most influential athletes of all time and Miami as a “big-time sporting venue.”
Miami Partner Phil Hudson currently sits on the board and executive committee of HistoryMiami and was instrumental in the firm’s involvement in the exhibit at the museum, running through March 30, which showcases never-published photographs and other memorabilia from the event.
Ali’s victory was considered one of the greatest upsets in boxing history. His charm, charismatic personality and social conscience raised the sports profile to heights it had never before experienced. The exhibit launch was written up in the February 25 edition of the Miami Herald. To read more about the celebration and exhibit, click here.
HistoryMiami is the premier cultural institution committed to gathering, organizing, preserving and celebrating Miami’s history as the unique crossroads of the Americas. It is accomplished through exhibitions, city tours, education, research, collections and publications. HistoryMiami advocates for helping everyone understand the importance of the past in shaping Miami's future.
Photo - Sitting (left), Ferdie Pacheco, former personal physician and corner man for Muhammad Ali, and (right) Howard Kleinberg, editor In chief of the now defunct Miami News. Standing (left), Phil Hudson and (right) a young sports writer who attended the fight 50 years ago.