Joe Frazier was in Saratoga the other day, signing autographs at the track and singing, sort of, at Siro’s afterwards, and Gazette columnist Carl Strock tagged along.
Joe Frazier arrives at the Jockey Silks Room of Saratoga Race Course to sign autographs, with an aide at his side. After multiple back operations, he walks with difficulty.
Frazier hands a fan an autographed photo.
Frazier signs an old Life magazine cover featuring himself.
Frazier signs a photo of himself and Muhammad Ali.
A young admirer gets a glove autographed.
They came and they mugged.
At Siro's, an aide steadied him as he took the stage.
Frazier sang, an aide clapped, standing close in case he had to reach out, and a photographer snapped.
It was hard not to think of Jake LaMotta in the moving "Raging Bull." An old fighter, the glory days long gone, making a few bucks in a nightclub.