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Orlando Cruz's historic night

Updated: October 21, 2012, 12:06 PM ET
By LZ Granderson | ESPN.com

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Friday night, I was pulling for Orlando Cruz.

Not because I am a longtime fan of the boxer, or because I share his Puerto Rican heritage, or because I despise Jorge Pazos, the opponent he was facing.

I pulled for Cruz much in the same way some blacks pulled for Jackie Robinson in 1947, the way many women cheered after Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in 1973, or how some whites were glad Bird beat Magic in the 1984 NBA Finals.

I ...

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