Robinson, Sugar Ray
|Birthname||Walker Smith, Jr.|
|born on||3 May 1921 at 21:00 (= 9:00 PM )|
|Place||Ailey, Georgia (US), 32n11, 82w34|
|Timezone||EST h5w (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||13°04' 26°44 Asc. 06°26'|
American boxer, winner of the lightweight title in 1940 and the middleweight title in 1951. In a 25-year career, he won 175 of his 202 bouts, touted as "pound for pound, the best fighter." He retired in 1965 and did a brief stint as a Hollywood actor in 1968. He was entered into the Boxing Hall of Fame 1978.
He died of heart disease, Alzheimer's and diabetes on 12 April 1989, Culver City, CA.
Sy Scholfield updated this record on 23 May 2015 with new info from Susan Carmichael. Place of birth changed from Detroit, Michigan, to Ailey, Georgia.
Carmichael writes: "His birth year and birth place are often incorrectly reported as 1920 and Detroit, Michigan. His parents resided in Georgia before his father relocated the family to Detroit for better work opportunity. The move's time was not before two elder sisters were born in Georgia in 1917, 1919, and himself in 1921. His birth certificate [cited in Shropshire's book: Georgia State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics #46414] shows (original name) Walker Smith born on May 3, 1921 in Ailey, Georgia. Biography on official website also states May 3, 1921, Ailey, Georgia: http://www.cmgww.com/sports/robinson/about/bio.html"
Carmichael writes that the following passage is from the book "Pound for Pound: A Biography of Sugar Ray Robinson" by Herb Boyd, Ray Robinson II (2005), pp. 7-8. "Whoever filled out the certificate -- and it could have been Sugar's father, Walker Smith, Sr. -- was only barely literate, since colored was misspelled 'colerd.' He was named Walker Smith. His mother's name appears to be Lelar, though in his book Sugar refers to her as Leila; her maiden name was Hurst. According to the certificate, Walker, Sr., is twenty-eight and a farmer and Lelar is twenty-three and a domestic. Gene Schoor, who wrote a biography of Sugar Ray Robinson in 1951, notes that Mrs. Smith was born August 25, 1900, which would have made her twenty-one at the time of Sugar's birth, and was one of sixteen children. Walker, Jr., was the couple's third child. And 'Junior' would be the name Sugar would answer to as a boy."
Carmichael continues: "Robinson himself brought on confusion through inaccuracies recounting his early life. Kenneth Shropshire's 'Being Sugar Ray: Sugar Ray Robinson, America's Greatest Boxer and First Celebrity Athlete' (pg. 21-22; 2007): 'To some extent that is the way Robinson chose to live his life. Spinning a yarn, holding back details, telling the story the audience wanted to hear—that was part of his genesis legend. It is also possible that he simply did not know. In his autobiography ["Sugar Ray"] (ghostwritten by Dave Anderson), he says that he traveled to Detroit from Ailey, Georgia in his mother's womb. That certainly makes for a compelling account about where his life began.'"
Robinson's birth certificate has been quoted by these authors for 3 May 1921 in Ailey, Georgia, but they do not mention a time of birth. The 9pm time in this record remains without a source.
- Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Alzheimer's/Senility (Terminal)
- Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Diabetes/ Hypoglycemia
- Vocation : Sports : Boxing
- Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (Boxing, 1978)
- Notable : Book Collection : American Book