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The last night at South Portland’s Griffin Club

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    Rick Wilson takes a photo of Charlie Gordon in from of the Griffin Club sign before going in Wednesday evening. Gordon played on one of Eddie Griffin's basketball teams when he was young. He and Wilson, who had never been to the bar, drove down from Brunswick for one last drink.

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    Matt Whitten, left, and Joe Ahern smoke outside during the last night of drinking at The Griffin Club, a South Portland staple since the early 1970s. Whitten said he probably spent 30 St. Patrick's Days at the bar. The men said, "No one was more Irish than Eddie Griffin."

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    The bar is packed during the last night of drinking at The Griffin Club.

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    Lily Hayes bartends Wednesday night at The Griffin Club.

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    Hundreds of framed sports photos and other mementos cover the walls of the bar, and all must be moved out.

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    Scott Parker, center, the owner of The Griffin Club for the past nine years, chats with Joe Greeley, who has been coming to the bar since 1975. Parker hopes to reopen the bar in a new location, but he's pretty much given up on Knightville.

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    Eddie Griffin, seen on the right, was close with sports figures including onetime New York Yankees manager Stump Merrill.

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    Eddie Griffin was a key figure in boxing in Maine.

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    The Griffin Club's door stayed open Wednesday night, the last night for the popular watering hole.

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