Fifty years ago, a 22-year-old boxer named Cassius Clay shocked the sporting world by defeating heavyweight champion Sonny Liston in a seventh-round TKO. The fight partially inspired a great John Lee Hooker song, performed here by The Animals: “I’m Mad Again.”

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.