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HALL OF FAME FLIES FLAGS AT
HALF-STAFF FOR HANK KAPLAN
CANASTOTA, NY - DECEMBER 14, 2007 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of boxing historian Hank Kaplan. He passed away peacefully today at his home in Kendall, FL following a brief illness. He was 88.
A native of Brooklyn, NY, Kaplan began doing publicity work for Angelo and Chris Dundee at Miami's Fifth Street Gym in the 1950s. At the same time, Kaplan began amassing the largest private collection of boxing archives and over the next 50 years would become recognized as the foremost historian in the world. In addition to his archives, Kaplan is the founder and editor of World-Wide Boxing Digest magazine and served as consultant to such media outlets as Sports Illustrated and HBO. For over a decade he was The Ring's Florida correspondent and has written and published boxing features and historical pieces for boxing journals all over the world. In 2002 Kaplan received the James J. Walker Award from the Boxing Writers Association of America for “Long and Meritorious Service to Boxing.”
“Hank Kaplan loved the sport of boxing, its history and, most importantly, the boxers,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “'The Hall of Fame joins the boxing community in mourning the loss of our friend.”
In 2006, Kaplan was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.