Boxing Gloves

Muhammad Ali (b. 1942) "The Greatest" gained fame for his boxing skills, charisma and the controversy he generated outside the ring. In 1976 the Smithsonian acquired Ali's boxing gloves and robe for an exhibition on the American Bicentennial, A Nation of Nations. At the donation ceremony, before a crowd of reporters and cheering spectators, Ali predicted that his Everlast gloves would become"the most famous thing in this building."
Object Name
gloves, pair of
boxing gloves
gloves, boxing
Date made
ca 1974
Ali, Muhammad
Physical Description
leather (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
overall: 10 1/2 in x 6 in; 26.67 cm x 15.24 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
American Stories
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Muhammad Ali
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History

Visitor Comments

11/14/2012 4:04:40 PM
I love Muhammad Ali. In my opion he is the best boxer ever! No one will ever replace him even though he has parkinsons syndrome he is still the best and NO ONE will replace this fabulous boxer. I also love this picture - it's just amazing.
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