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Detroit History: The Drunk Who Propelled A Street Cop To Chief

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John L. Sullivan (Public domain)

John L. Sullivan (Public domain)

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It was not just any intoxicated rough neck who couldn’t hold his liquor. Heavyweight prize-fighting legend John L. Sullivan was on a binge when he encountered the Detroit Police Department’s own boxing champion.

When the public embraced the legend of their encounter rather than the facts, a career was made

Joe Donovan tells the story in his Detroit History report:

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