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  • The night Bill McMurray beat Thad Spencer

    On Sept. 13, 1966 in Sacramento, local heavyweight boxer Bill McMurray scored a technical knockout victory over No. 1 contender Thad Spencer. McMurray, who fought some of the biggest names in boxing's heavyweight division in the 1960s, died on Feb. 23. His son, Keith McMurray, recalls his father's biggest victory on Friday, March 4, 2016.

On Sept. 13, 1966 in Sacramento, local heavyweight boxer Bill McMurray scored a technical knockout victory over No. 1 contender Thad Spencer. McMurray, who fought some of the biggest names in boxing's heavyweight division in the 1960s, died on Feb. 23. His son, Keith McMurray, recalls his father's biggest victory on Friday, March 4, 2016. Andy Furillo The Sacramento Bee
On Sept. 13, 1966 in Sacramento, local heavyweight boxer Bill McMurray scored a technical knockout victory over No. 1 contender Thad Spencer. McMurray, who fought some of the biggest names in boxing's heavyweight division in the 1960s, died on Feb. 23. His son, Keith McMurray, recalls his father's biggest victory on Friday, March 4, 2016. Andy Furillo The Sacramento Bee
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Andy Furillo has been a reporter with The Sacramento Bee since 1991. He covered mostly crime and punishment until April 2015, when he began writing a sports column. He believes art inspires in many forms: a Jerry Garcia guitar solo, Van Gogh's "Starry Night," and Madison Bumgarner's five innings of masterpiece relief in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series. Sport is art, and sport is fun, and it is filled with interesting people. Furillo hopes to bring out the best of it all. Contact Andy Furillo at afurillo@sacbee.com or 916-321-1141. Twitter: @andyfurillo