Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 8/16/13
If you live in the Chicago area, or even just pay attention to what goes on there in the sports world, a collision of irrelevant sports are going to be on the calendar the weekend of Aug. 16-17. Think about this: On Friday night there will be the first professional boxing event at a Chicago baseball stadium since Sonny Liston fought Floyd Patterson on Sept. 25, 1962 at the old Comiskey Park. And on Saturday, Arlington Park Racecourse is hosting its annual International Festival of Racing. Horse racing. Boxing. Baseball. There is a connection here between these three sports that used to be the trifecta of popularity in this country at one time — about 100 years ago — when men still wore suits and fedoras to baseball games, horse racing grandstands were packed and there was never a shortage of the “Next Big Fighter.” The three boxing matches at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the White Sox, are part of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” series. And former White Sox stud Ron Kittle is going t...
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