R.I.P. Bert Sugar

I am on the board of what is called Ring 10 which is a group that helps retired boxers.  Actually, it helps retired boxers help themselves.  My brother started this particular “Ring” and all the money they collect (I mean ALL) goes to fighters that have medical problems and are not well off.    My brother, Matt, was a professional fighter in the ’80s and is now a surgical sales rep.  He has done well in life and I am proud of him.    Last August he put on the the annual Ring 10 Dinner in Brooklyn, NY and there were a lot of big time boxing celebrities there including Riddick Bowe, Jake LaMotta and more.  Also there was Bert Sugar, “an iconic boxing writer and sports historian who was known for his trademark fedora and ever-present cigar”.  I had always seen Bert on television talking about fighters but it wasn’t until I sat and talked to him did I learn how much he really cared for them.  Say what you want about the sport (and there is a lot of bad to say about it), there are still a bunch of good people trying to help out.  Bert was one of them but unfortunately he died Sunday of cardiac arrest at the age of 75. R.I.P. Bert.

If you are interested in meeting some cool ex-fighters then come to the event this August in New York.  Info here.  Hope to see you there.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  1 comment for “R.I.P. Bert Sugar

  1. Adam Smith
    March 28, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I will miss Bert’s commentary, a genuine voice of the great sport of boxing.
    When I am in the presence a lit cigar I will be reminded of this wise and generous man.

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