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Tex Rickard

Tex Rickard (Executive.  Born, Kansas City, MO, Jan. 2, 1871; died, Miami, FL, Jan. 6, 1929.)  “I never seed anything like it,” George Lewis Rickard is reported to have uttered on at least one famous occasion. But while literacy may not have been his longest suit, Tex Rickard was without doubt the greatest promoter of […]

Battling Siki

Battling Siki Boxing.  Born, St. Louis, Senegal, French West Africa, Sept. 16, 1897; died, New York, NY, Dec. 15, 1925.)  Adopting the ring name Battling Siki, Louis Phal began a pro boxing career in 1913 that took him to the light heavyweight championship.  Siki spent his early career almost entirely in France, rolling up an impressive […]

Battling Levinsky

Battling Levinsky (Boxing. Born, Philadelphia, PA, June 10, 1889; died, Philadelphia, PA, Feb. 12, 1949.) Born Bernard Lerowitz, Battling Levinsky was a popular fighter in several weight classes over a 23-year career (1906-29) who fought 56 times in New York. Levinsky also had 24 bouts in Brooklyn, five in the Rockaways, four in Jersey City, […]

Jack Dempsey

Jack Dempsey (Boxing.  Born, Manassa, CO, June 24, 1894; died, New York, NY, May 31, 1983.)  One of the most celebrated heavyweight champions in boxing history, William Harrison Dempsey also fought less than most champions of his stature, making only six defenses of his title in his more than seven-year reign.  Dempsey won the championship […]

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. […]

Georges Carpentier

Georges Carpentier (Boxing.  Born, Lens, France, Jan. 12, 1894; died, Paris, France, Oct. 27, 1975.)  Known as the only boxer to have fought professionally in all weight classes, Georges Carpentier was a party to boxing’s first million-dollar gate main event.  Carpentier, a French World War I veteran, had 106 pro bouts but is remembered for […]

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