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with the boys. He remarks on who needs haircuts or who needs to pull his pants up, but it’s done with warmth. Frazier says he was a strict disciplinarian as a father but is a softy as a grandfather. “I was more like my dad. Dad was the kind of guy who talks two times. Three times and you better start running. But I’ve done my job, and now it’s their turn to do their job. I spent the money to put them in the best of colleges. I did the best I could by them. I taught my kids to be understanding and tolerant. It’s their job to teach their kids the same thing.” KnocKout SmoKin’ Joe vS. mohammed ali in heavyweight title bout Frazier grew up in a household with stepbrothers and stepsisters. “I was one of 17. Daddy wasn’t a bad guy, but he was a rolling stone…. It didn’t matter. We all got along. Mama accepted it. If [the stepchildren of his father’s mistresses] came for breakfast or supper, she’d feed them all. I got 11 of my own, so I think I’m like my Daddy.” It’s no secret that not all 11 children are the product of his marriage to Florence, but that seems irrelevant when watching the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren interact: Frazier’s spirit is binding. 24 GRAND JUNE “I figure if I am strong enough to make them, then I’m strong enough to love them and be responsible for them,” he says. But he also says that he wasn’t around as much as he wanted to be when they were growing up. He recalls returning from Tokyo in 1968 after winning the Olympic gold medal. His son Marvis, who was 4 at the time, met him at the airport and hardly recognized him. “Over the years, I wasn’t around a whole lot. When I wasn’t fighting, I was out having fun. There were times in my kids’ lives when Daddy was just a voice on the phone.” Marvis remembers things differently. “Daddy was always there for us. When he couldn’t be home, we understood. He spent hours and hours on the phone checking up on us and letting us know he was there for us.” Marvis, who was also a boxer, recalls he lost an important fight and felt he’d let his father down. When Frazier came into the dressing room, Marvis said, “Oh, Daddy, I messed up so bad. Can you forgive me? Pop didn’t hesitate.” Frazier wrapped his arms around Marvis and told him he loved him, he was proud of him. Frazier watches the room seem to get larger and louder each time the door opens and blasts of wet and icy cold air let in the warm and adoring family members. Suddenly, he calls out, “Yesterday!” It’s the nickname Frazier has for Tammy, Marvis’s daughter. Poppy and Tammy have a special bond, dating from when Tammy’s The gathering of children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren was an unusual, and welcome, reunion for the Frazier family. mother died from colon and liver cancer. Then, in 2001, cancer struck again—and this time, it was Tammy. She was in college, she was 22, and she had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Tammy says, “Poppy was on the phone with me all the time. He’d say, ‘Yesterday’—that’s his nickname for me, because he jokes that I grew like a weed overnight—‘Yesterday, you have to be strong. You have to keep fighting.’ He did everything to keep me going.” True to the Frazier tradition, Tammy fought back. And won: The cancer is in remission. As with her father and her grandfather, sports played a role in keeping her strong and motivated. In Tammy’s case, it was basketball. And when she was well enough to play her last college game, Pop came to see her play. Tammy knew Frazier was 2009 Click and connect to more resources instantly where you see this symbol: 
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009
Contents
GRAND Central
Poppy Joe
A Whole New Ball Game
Happy Trails
Pool Safe
Running Together
Notes from the Peanut Gallery
Ask GRAND
Inspirations
Leaving a Legacy
Writing Small Moments
Resources
GRAND Finale
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - A Whole New Ball Game
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Happy Trails
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Pool Safe
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Running Together
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Notes from the Peanut Gallery
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Ask GRAND
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Inspirations
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Leaving a Legacy
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Writing Small Moments
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GRAND Magazine - June 2009 - Resources
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