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Happy Birthday to My Friend Muhammad Ali – Truly The Greatest by Harold Bell


My Walk Through Sports History with Champs & Chumps! by Harold Bell

Read Harold’s Article on Muhammad Ali and Scroll Down to Learn More About His Book

This book makes a great gift for any occasion.
Book Cost: $30 (plus $6.55 Shipping & Handling)
Total Cost:  $36.55

Multiple Copies of Harold’s Book

Happy Birthday to My Friend Muhammad Ali – Truly The Greatest by Harold Bell

Ali & Mayor0002
Mayor Walter Washington, the night Muhammad Ali made him the smartest man in DC


The Louisville International Airport to be renamed for The Greatest!
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said the name change reflects the city’s pride in a local son who has “left a legacy of athleticism, of humanitarianism that has literally inspired billions of people.”

Who remembers the tribute to The Greatest by the Washington DC Chamber of Commerce and the first black Mayor of Washington, DC, Walter Washington? The tribute was held at the Sheraton-Park Hotel on Connecticut Ave. NW. I remember the tribute, but I don’t remember the date! Ali was named “The Athlete of the Century” by the DC Chamber of Commerce. Jimmy Denson was the President at the time. I remember he called me one evening to tell me about the upcoming event and asked if I would pick Ali up at the airport for the dinner. I have no clue to why I was ‘The Chosen One.’ There were rumors that the champ had requested that I pick him up because he needed to talk with me on an urgent matter.

When I arrived at National Airport on the morning before the tribute I had no trouble finding him, he was surrounded by his fans at the baggage carousel. Passengers were ignoring their luggage as it went around and around. I spotted his future wife Veronica ‘the other woman’ at the time sitting nearby. I went over and introduced myself and she pleaded with me to get the champ so that they could get to hotel–she was exhausted. I had to stand up on a chair and yell for him to get his attention and he yelled back at me “Whoa your horses Harold Bell” and I did! He loved this kind of attention. An hour or so later he gathered himself and we headed for the hotel.

Our adventured was just beginning. He and Veronica got separate rooms and this allowed me to spend some quality time with him to reflect on the Game Called Life. We talked about a range of topics that included the politics of racism, children, and the need to respect our own people, especially our parents. He reminded me, “Our struggles are nothing compared to what our parents went through.” He compared himself to the first black heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson. He said, ‘Now there was a man of courage.’

The night of the dinner is one I will never forget. There was standing room only in the hall when Mayor Washington got up to present the champ with this huge plaque honoring him as The Athlete of the Century. Ali stopped the Mayor before he could get started and said, ‘Mr. Mayor do you know Harold Bell?’ The Mayor hesitated and the champ hollered out ‘Harold Bell stand up.’ My wife Hattie muttered under her breath ‘What the hell is going on?’ I stood up and Mayor Washington started to look out into the the audience and the champ pointed me out—you could hear a mouse piss on cotton for real. Ali repeated the question, ‘Mr. Mayor do you know my friend Harold Bell?’ The Mayor responded ‘Yes, who does not know Harold Bell!’ Ali reminded the Mayor that I was his friend and if anything happen to me he would be looking him up. His next words were, ‘Do you understand Mr. Mayor?’ The Mayor’s response, ‘I surely do champ’ and Ali’s next words were ‘You are not as dumb as you look.’ Those words brought house down! Only Muhammad Ali could get away with something like that. The next day I was the talk of the town. That was my priceless,unforgettable and my greatest moment with The Greatest. Thanks for the memories champ. RIP my friend you deserve it.
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Mayor Walter Washington hanging out in “The Hood.”

This book makes a great gift for any occasion.
Book Cost: $30 (plus $6.55 Shipping & Handling)
Total Cost:  $36.55

Multiple Copies of Harold’s Book

Harold Bell Talks About His Relationship with Some of the Greatest Athletes of All Time Like NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown

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Here’s what people are saying about Harold Bell’s new book, “My Walk Through Sports History with Champs & Chumps”

Harold:  Just finished reading your book.  Thanks for the honorable mention in your dedication section.  I really enjoyed reading the book.  There are not too many people on this planet who get to have their life’s work memorialized in such a beautiful and attractive book.  Dr. Harry Edwards was right, “Your work was a major force over the years especially in terms of the struggle to define and project Our Truth.”  I hope that you will think about teaching at a local university or college.  There are a lot of bright-eyed and bushy tailed journalism and communications students who would love to receive your direction and guidance.  In addition to what you give the students, the joy and satisfaction you would receive from seeing their faces light up when they understand a point you are making is immeasurable.

Byron Berry is a native Washingtonian and a Administrative Law Judge now living in California

“If you get a chance to meet a living legend who is known by the “who’s who” in sports, broadcasting, politics, civil rights and philanthropy, that’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.  If you get a chance to work closely with that individual, you are truly blessed.  Harold Bell is a “truth teller,” from Washington, DC.  He has touched the lives of thousands and mentored many of this nation’s black broadcasters, writers and sports personalities.  “My World Through Sports History with Champs & Chumps,” is a book that tells it’s story through photographs.  Harold Bell’s personal archives is “museum-worthy” and he has it on full display in this book covering over 50 years of history, tragedy and personal triumph.  And through it all, he’s still standing, with a lot more to give.”

Gary Johnson – Publisher, Black Men In

Book Signing at the “South East White House”

Click Here To Learn Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About DC Sports Legend, Mr. Harold Bell!

Harold Bell in his home museum

Harold Bell is the Godfather of Sports Talk radio and television in Washington, DC.  Throughout the mid-sixties, seventies and eighties, Harold embarked upon a relatively new medium–-sports talk radio with classic interviews with sports celebrities, politicians and news makers of the day.  The show and format became wildly popular. Harold has been an active force fighting for the rights of children for almost 50 years with the help of his wife Hattie through their charity Kids In Trouble, Inc.   To learn more about Harold Bell visit his official web site.  You can check out Harold’s work on this site by clicking here.

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  1. Good people always thrive, Advise those they see that have potential that is why its nice to know I know a few like you HBell.

  2. What a read! This is the book that you have to have on your shelves. This book walks you through the life of Harold Bell’s journey, an activist and world changer. The book depicts black history in its realest form and provides illustrations that are relevant and personal. If you haven’t already, you must get it!

  3. Harold Bell has been an activist for the under privileged black community for a long time. He has championed causes and been a voice to the voiceless for at least 5 decades. He has withstood the punches of the political arena and yet he still stands. Thank God for finally allowing him to complete this work and we pray that God will bless all of his future endeavors.
    Best of luck,
    Reamer “Junebug” Shedrick &
    Lucy Nedab-Shedrick

  4. Harold,

    I purchased 3 of your book. It’s a long time coming but you finally made the book, congrats.
    I know you got more books to come to follow this one.
    The book takes us on a historical ran of your life a the famous people you met.

    -Dwayne Ayres

  5. A great book. It is a treasure chest of photos and articles that only Harold could deliver. A must read!

  6. Congratulations Harold! I enjoyed browsing your wonderful pictorial book of notable persons and events. It certainly should whet the appetites of those of us awaiting the upcoming book of these stories and personalities. I can’t wait!

    Gilbert L. Hoffman, Ph.D.
    Friend and Deputy Superintendent, DCPS (former)

  7. Harold Bell
    The History story told by a Black Man in America.
    What you will not find in the History Books.
    Inside Sports By Harold Bell
    Love It

  8. Pictures are a thousand words. Time for a Podcast, next. You are a DC Sports Historian!

  9. Outstanding book, One of a kind and should be on every coffee table in America.

  10. Lots of good memories here, especially for those who listened to Harold Bell on the radio or watched his specials on TV in D.C. He’s interviewed them all, from the bottom to the top. This is a great addition for anyone’s home library.

  11. Great book interesting facts of untold sports history!

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