Image description: Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves and robe.
Ali gained fame for his boxing skills, charisma and the controversy he generated outside the ring. In 1976 the Smithsonian acquired the items for an exhibition on the American Bicentennial, A Nation of Nations. At the donation ceremony, before a crowd of reporters and cheering spectators, Ali predicted that his Everlast gloves would become “the most famous thing in this building.”
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Image description: A participant in the 3rd Annual Wounded Warrior Celebrity Softball Classic at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
Department of Defense photo by Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp, U.S. Army.
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Image description: Jockey Clarence Turner sits on Stromboli, a chestnut gelding who won over 60 races between 1913 and 1918. This photo was taken between 1910 and 1915.
Photo from the George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division