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Replay: 30 Years Ago in Sports Illustrated
Edited by Richard Demak
February 10, 1992
Sonny Liston appeared on our Feb. 12, 1962, cover, amid a controversy over whether, as an ex-convict, he should be permitted to fight heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson. SI asked 11 notables their opinions, and most agreed with St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Bill White, who said, "Every man should have a chance." But the future National League president was wrong when he added, "I don't think he would beat Patterson." Liston KO'd Patterson seven months later.
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February 10, 1992

Replay: 30 Years Ago In Sports Illustrated

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Sonny Liston appeared on our Feb. 12, 1962, cover, amid a controversy over whether, as an ex-convict, he should be permitted to fight heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson. SI asked 11 notables their opinions, and most agreed with St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Bill White, who said, "Every man should have a chance." But the future National League president was wrong when he added, "I don't think he would beat Patterson." Liston KO'd Patterson seven months later.

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