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Remembering Shea stadium

Mets fans had their share of moments to remember -- and to forget -- during Shea Stadium's 44 years. It wasn't much different for boxing fans. Robert Cassidy tips his hat to the ballpark by looking back at three historic fights on the Flushing field.

Originally Published: August 9, 2008
By Robert Cassidy | Special to ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- In the classic Academy Award-winning film, "On the Waterfront," Terry Malloy, the ex-pug played brilliantly by Marlin Brando, laments never getting "a title shot outdoors in the ballpark."

There was a time when fighting outdoors in a ballpark meant a boxer had reached the pinnacle of his sport. A fight was moved to a stadium only when promoters expected a windfall at the gate. Jack Dempsey once drew 82,000 to the Polo Grounds and Joe Louis packed 70,000 into Yankee Stadium. ...

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