On August 1, 1950, Salvador "Dado" Marino gave Hawai'i its first world boxing champion before 10,763 fans at Honolulu Stadium.
At that time, there were only eight world titles available. Marinos record was 57-14-3, with 21 knockouts. He fought professionally on three continents.
He was born in Olowalu, Maui, Hawai'i and turned professional in 1942. He didnt get a title shot until his 44th fight. He won the title at age 35! He lost the title to Japans Yoshi Shirai and retired in 1952.
Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 11, 1947, breaking the color barrier in major league baseball.