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Harry Wills

Harry Wills (Boxing.  Born, New Orleans, LA, May 15, 1889; died, New York, NY, Dec. 21, 1958.)  It could reasonably be argued that Harry Wills might have won the world heavyweight boxing champion had Jack Johnson not held the title from 1908-15.  Johnson so incited popular racist elements that boxing authorities vowed not to allow another black […]

Gene Tunney

Gene Tunney (Boxing.  Born, New York, NY, May 25, 1898; died, Greenwich, CT, Nov. 7, 1978.)  James Joseph Tunney started his pro career with three fights in New York and won all three by knockout.  World War I delayed the development of his pro career, but in 1919 he gained considerable fame by winning the […]

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 […]

Willie Ratner

Willie Ratner (Sportswriter.  Born, Newark, NJ, June 3, 1895; died, Newark, NJ, Apr. 3, 1980.)  For longevity at a single newspaper, the career of Willie Ratner may be unique.  Ratner joined the Newark Evening News as a copy boy in 1912 and remained with the paper until it closed Aug. 31, 1972.  He became a […]

Jack Kearns

Jack Kearns (Boxing.  Born, Waterloo, MI, July 17, 1883; died, Miami Beach, FL, June 17, 1963.)  One of the celebrated characters of boxing for decades, Jack Kearns (born John Leo McKernan) managed six world champions.  Kearns managed heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey for eight years (1917-25) and combined with Tex Rickard to promote Dempsey into a million-dollar gate […]

Archie Moore

Archie Moore (Boxing. Born, Benoit, MS, Dec. 13, 1913; died, San Diego, CA, Dec. 9, 1998.) One of the best fighters and greatest characters of boxing’s last “Golden Age” in the 1950s and early 1960s, Archie Moore was the light heavyweight champion for over nine years (1952-62). Moore fought several times for the heavyweight title, […]

Paul Gallico

Paul Gallico (Sports editor.  Born, New York, NY, July 26, 1897; died, Monte Carlo, Monaco, July 15, 1976.)  Among the most renowned sportswriters of the “Golden Age of Sports” was Paul William Gallico, sports editor and columnist of the Daily News from 1924-36.  Gallico joined the News in 1922 as a movie critic but was […]

Luis Firpo

Luis Firpo (Boxing.  Born, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Oct. 11, 1896; died, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Aug. 7, 1960.)  Though he fought only 35 bouts over a 16-year period, Luis Angel Firpo became a ring legend based on just one fight.  Known as “the Wild Bull of the Pampas”, Firpo took on Jack Dempsey in a heavyweight […]

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. […]

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