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Street where Don King stomped man to death to be named ‘Don King Way’

Credit: The Plain Dealer on Feb. 24, 1967.
Credit: The Plain Dealer on Feb. 24, 1967.

The Cleveland City council is proposing naming a stretch of a road where boxing promoter Don King beat a man to death ‘Don King Way.’

The street originally chosen in April is home to a local paper that King saved from bankruptcy in the late 1990s, according to Cleveland.com,

While the paper expressed pride in the re-christening of the street (which was sentiment echoed by locals in the immediate neighborhood who lauded King’s success), two councilwomen -Mamie Mitchell and Phyllis Cleveland- introduced legislation moving the new street to another, more controversial part of town.

King was once known as “The Kid” and had made a name for himself as an illegal bookmaker in the 1960s. In 1966, he gained notoriety for stomping employee Sam Garrett to death outside of the now-defunct Manhattan Tap Room.

The site of the killing took place on Cedar avenue, where the two councilwomen opted to move the street name.

Council President Kevin Kelley said that while he didn’t know why they were seeking the change, he expressed  that the council is probably handing out too many honorary street names.


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