As a boy, I wasn't much of a joiner. Although I knew many kids, I never aligned myself to one particular group. But as I think back 47 years I remember running with a bunch of guys from the gym where I boxed.
We formed a club called The Knights. Many of our adventures on the mean streets of the Bronx evolved from that club. Denny Malvey was our boxing coach. In 1913 he beat Gene Tunney in a street fight in Hell's Kitchen on the Lower Westside. However, we were most impressed by his knowledge of King Arthur and The Knights of the Round Table. Denny introduced us to Sir Thomas Mallory's "Le Morte d'Arthur," and told us about the Arthurian Code of Chivalry.
"Lads," he'd say in his Irish brogue, "It's your duty to protect those who cannot protect themselves."
The reason Denny fought Gene Tunney, who eventually beat Jack Dempsey for the heavyweight championship was that Tunney was a bully who picked on the younger kids.