When a Little ONeill Met a Big Ali in Baltimore

Lauren O'Neill and Muhammad Ali

I can hear a collective “Aaaaawwwwww” rising up in Nashville. The above picture comes to us courtesy of Brian O’Neill, our director of brand management and creative services. Monday’s Muhammad Ali: Made in Miami reminded him of an amazing moment for him and his family years ago in Baltimore. He tells us:

“The champ came to make a TV appearance at WJZ-TV in Baltimore in 1980 where I worked. Thinking this was a once-in-million chance to get a photo of my one-year old daughter with Muhammad, I asked my wife, Anne, to bring our 1-year daughter Lauren and a camera over to the station. The greatest heavyweight boxing champion and my daughter – it’s one of my favorite family photos. This was around the time Ali would come out of retirement to fight Larry Holmes.”

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