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Pete Ehrmann's Articles
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Milwaukee Buzz - March 27, 2015
Former alderman, boxing champ Orville Pitts passes away
When Orville Pitts was elected Milwaukee alderman in 1968, his political future looked as bright as the one that had seemed in store for Pitts in the boxing ring a decade earlier. But unlike the knockout that ended his boxing career, his downfall in the political arena was self-inflicted and a drawn-out process featuring, in random order, booze, drugs, hookers, the devil and Richard M. Nixon. Pitts died Tuesday at 81, after a long illness.
Milwaukee Buzz - March 14, 2015
Is this century-old car salesman Scott Walker's doppelgänger?
There is no escaping Scott Walker -- not even by fleeing into the distant past. Our governor's countenance is everywhere lately, and it was disconcerting recently to find a remarkable facsimile of it on the front page of the Dec. 21, 1908 edition of The Milwaukee Journal.
Movies & TV - Feb. 21, 2015
A new kind of madness: How an Oscar-winner had to fight for his identity
A century ago, Milwaukee's Butterfly Theater seemed to be home to one of the world's greatest stories in doorman Victor McLaglen. He was a war hero, a spy, a sword-wielding giant of a man who once fought Jack Johnson. Only the real Victor McLaglen was not in Milwaukee. Here's the story of how a future Oscar-winner had to fight to restore his own identity from an unlikely Cream City imposter.
Sports - Nov. 29, 2014
Quit while you're ahead, champ
While most local fight fans paid big pay-per-view bucks to watch Manny Pacquiao pound Chris Algieri Saturday night, the burlesque that masquerades as live pro boxing nowadays slunk back into town at a south side hotel ballroom. Lyle McDowell, how 45, was allowed to box Enobong "The Nigerian Gentleman" Umohette and "won," but it was a far cry from a special event.
Milwaukee Buzz - Oct. 18, 2014
A horrific tale of Milwaukee revenge
Aurelia Libo Lorenz was a doting aunt. In fact, her niece and nephew, Vivian and Milton Libo, ages 5 and 4, were the only bright spots in the increasingly unhappy life of the 31-year-old divorcee who lived with them.
Sports - Sept. 23, 2014
Packers Hall of Famer wanted to box a Bears player
Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer Cal Hubbard, who went on to become a hall of fame umpire in Major League Baseball, wanted to give boxing a shot, too. His choice of opponent, a rival from the Chicago Bears named George Trafton.
Sports - Aug. 9, 2014
A look back at Milwaukee's first boxing fatality
Milwaukee kickboxer Dennis Munson passed away after an amateur bout in March, but it wasn't the first time ring combatant passed away in the ring, or as a result of injuries sustained with it.
Sports - April 28, 2014
Remembering boxing's fantastic, and illegal, return to Wisconsin
126 years ago today, Downtown streets were mobbed with people intent on witnessing a crime they'd looked forward to for three years. They ended up seeing two: an illegal prizefight and the underhanded plot that stole victory from the apparent winner and left him blubbering like a baby.
Milwaukee Buzz - April 17, 2014
Jacobina Rautenberg: The lush that made Milwaukee famous
Jacobina Rautenberg's repeated arrests for public drunkenness from the late 1890s up to her death in 1935 made headlines and, consequently, her first name became as familiar in its own right around town as Pabst, Miller and Schlitz.
Sports - April 4, 2014
Recalling Eddie Brooks' once golden gloves
The semi-finals of the Golden Gloves tournament in Racine is upon us this weekend, which is a good occasion to remember Milwaukee's Eddie Brooks, who once floored Muhammed Ali in a sparring session after winning a Golden Gloves of his own.
Sports - March 12, 2014
Wolgast's shot to the shorts lives on long after the final bell
Did Ad Wolgast take it in the shorts at the Milwaukee Auditorium 100 years ago this month? That's the question - literally and figuratively - that still hangs over one of the most famous events in local sports history.
Sports - Feb. 15, 2014
Remembering Marquette's program as Wisconsin brings back boxing
The news that boxing is back at the University of Wisconsin as a club sport 64 years after it was banished has made a big media splash. It also reminds us of the Marquette University's boxing program, which spawned one of the most controversial U.S. senators in American history.
Sports - Feb. 14, 2014
Senators once again request pardon of Jack Johnson
Senators John McCain and Harry Reid don't agree on much, but they do agree that a presidential pardon for Jack Johnson is way overdue. On Wednesday, the pair again asked for a full presidential pardon as "an important step in repairing the legacy of this great boxer and a rare opportunity for our government to right a history wrong."
Sports - Nov. 30, 2013
Breaking the boxing color barrier
In the excitement surrounding the end of the sadly mislabeled "War to End All Wars" 95 years ago this month, some people did things they wouldn't otherwise have done. In the case of Walter H. Liginger, it was allowing one of the greatest boxers in history to fight in Milwaukee in spite of his black skin.
Sports - Nov. 2, 2013
Houdini's challenge
Harry Houdini not only began his craft on the streets of Milwaukee, he cut his teeth in the Cream City's boxing rings. That all came together years later when he called out the heavyweight champion of the world.
Sports - Oct. 25, 2013
Milwaukee boxing favorite Marsh passes away
Ron Marsh, a gentleman and a boxer, won eight fights in Milwaukee in his career in the late 1960s and early 1970s. A fan favorite here, he once blocked for future Chicago Bears Hall of Famer Gale Sayers at Kansas, boxed and then became a schoolteacher. He passed away recently at the age of 70.
Sports - Oct. 12, 2013
Gang-related street fight knocked out a championship contender
Ninety years ago a Chicago boxer came to Milwaukee to fight for the junior welterweight championship of the world and got the beating of his life. Not in the ring, though. It happened on a Downtown street the night before the big fight scheduled for Oct. 11, 1923 at the Auditorium.
Sports - Oct. 10, 2013
It's no bull: Milwaukee was birthplace of iconic phrase
"Throw the bull" is a famous expression, and it was a French wrestler's failure to literally do so here in Milwaukee on Oct. 8, 1907 that brought about its coinage.
Milwaukee Buzz - Sept. 12, 2013
A shimmy for the ages: how a burlesque dance rankled Milwaukee
Though so tame by current standards that Miley Cyrus wouldn't be caught dead doing it, a shimmy dance performed on a downtown stage 86 years ago was considered "shocking, suggestive, immoral, indecent and highly improper" by the cop that arrested Mary Karras for doing it.
Sports - Aug. 20, 2013
20 years ago Tomashek was pulled off the couch for a title fight
On Aug. 30, 1993 Green Bay native Tim Tomashek found himself in the ring with the heavyweight champion of the world. He didn't leave with a title, but "Doughboy" became a blue-collar hero.
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