Grim Reaper

20. Jake Lamotta

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He will not get to 100, he took way too many shots to the head, but there's no way he dies today.

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Like against Sugar Ray, the Reaper ain't puttin' him down.

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I wonder if he was initially put on the list cause a Committee person is a huge Raging Bull fan, despite him on the autograph circuit full time in his 80's and a poor choice in those years. Now he is one of those we can't take him off cause he is so old picks.

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I'm still not entirely sure who he is to be honest with you.

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My guess (as I mentioned in the Christie thread) is the committee just likes boxing a good deal, on top of boxing being a tough sport so a notable boxer making it to 85+ is an extreme rarity even though LaMotta had no major health issues.

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Boxed into a corner now. Shouldn't have picked him but can't drop him. Jake's a fighter and they tend to stick around (when they can afford the medical bills).

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