Dodgers, WWE and Sports World Honor Larry King After Icon's Death

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJanuary 23, 2021

Larry King attends the 45th International Emmy Awards at the New York Hilton on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
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Longtime radio and television host Larry King died Saturday at the age of 87.

He was best known for his 25-year run on CNN's Larry King Live from 1985 to 2010 but continued to host a weekly program up until his death. 

In addition to his journalism work, King was a sports fan and was often seen at some of the most memorable sporting events in the world over the course of his life. 

As word of King's death became public, several sports teams, organizations and journalists offered their thoughts, tributes and condolences:

King enjoyed a wide variety of sports. He once dedicated a 2012 episode of his show to speaking with several WWE superstars about the business, including John Cena, Big Show and The Miz. 

In 2018, King explained to Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated why he wanted to use his platform to put a spotlight on the wrestling business:

"They are incredible athletes, their fan following is amazing, but their results are never in the paper. I remember watching Antonino Rocca from Argentina bang off the ropes and jump into the air, and it was incredible what wrestling was to early television. Pro wrestling and [early TV star] Milton Berle made early television.

"To me, if someone is interesting, then I am curious. And wrestlers—and wrestling—are interesting."

As much as King enjoyed WWE, his first love as a sports fan was the Los Angeles Dodgers.

When the Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays to win the 2020 World Series, King tweeted out a picture of himself and his family celebrating:

Thomas Harrigan of MLB.com noted that King began rooting for the franchise when it was in Brooklyn. 

King told PBS in 2016 that he was in attendance at Ebbets Field on April 15, 1947, to witness Jackie Robinson break Major League Baseball's color barrier. 

Early in his career, King worked for Miami radio station WIOD as a color commentator for the Miami Dolphins from 1970-71. He is believed to have conducted over 50,000 interviews over the course of his career dating back to 1957.