New-York Historical Society's Bill Shannon Dictionary of New York Sports

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Mike Jacobs

Mike Jacobs (Boxing.  Born, New York, NY, Mar. 10, 1880; died, Miami Beach, FL, Jan. 24, 1953.)  For more than a decade, Michael Strauss Jacobs was the most powerful promoter in boxing.  In 1907, Jacobs opened a theatre ticket brokerage office in the lobby of the Hotel Normandie.  He soon branched out into handling sports […]

Jimmy Powers

Jimmy Powers (Sports editor.  Born, Cleveland, OH, Feb. 9, 1903; died, Bal Harbour, FL, Feb. 11, 1995.)  Jimmy Powers was one of the most influential members of the New York sporting press during the 1940s and 1950s when he was sports editor of the Daily News and its leading columnist.  Powers was the oldest of […]

Jimmy Dawson

Jimmy Dawson (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, Mar. 27, 1895; died, St. Petersburg, FL, Mar. 6, 1953.)  Boxing editor of The New York Times for 38 years (1915-53), James P. Dawson was also distinguished as a baseball writer.  Dawson was hired at age 13 in 1908 as an office boy for sports editor Henry P. […]

Johnny Addie

Johnny Addie (Ring announcer, boxing. Born, New York, NY, Aug. 12, 1902; died, New York, NY, December 12, 1971.)  Starting at the Fort Hamilton Arena in 1942, Johnny Addie became one of the better-known of the small club announcers, reinforcing the tradition of working in a tuxedo (now an industry norm) and, having learned sufficient […]

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