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Joe Jeanette

Joe Jeanette (Boxing.  Born, North Bergen, NJ, Aug. 26, 1879; died, Weehawken, NJ, July 2, 1958.)  Despite being hampered by the endemic racism of his time, Joe Jeanette became successful as both an athlete and a businessman.  Jeanette apprenticed as a blacksmith with his father and then drove a coal delivery wagon but turned to […]

Joe Louis

Joe Louis (Boxing. Born, Lafayette, AL, May 13, 1914; died, Las Vegas, NV, Apr. 12, 1981.) Famed around the world as the “Brown Bomber,” Joseph Louis Barrow was one of the most active of heavyweight champions – making 25 defenses of the title. He turned pro after becoming the A.A.U. light heavyweight titlist in 1934 […]

Joe Humphreys

Joe Humphreys (Public address.  Born, New York, NY, Oct. 19, 1872; died, Fair Haven, NJ, July 10, 1936.)  His career as the most famous ring announcer of his time began for Joe Humphreys quite by accident in 1893.  Humphreys became the announcer at Gus Maich’s Little Casino on the New Bowery when the usual announcer […]

James Braddock

James Braddock (Boxing.  Born, New York, NY, June 7, 1906; died, North Bergen, NJ, Nov. 29, 1974.)  In 1950 when The Associated Press conducted a poll to determine the greatest sports upsets of first half of the 20th century,  James J. Braddock’s heavyweight championship victory over Max Baer was ranked fourth on the list.  Such was […]

Whitey Bimstein

Whitey Bimstein (Boxing.  Born, New York, NY, 1887; died, New York, NY, July 13, 1969.)  A ubiquitous character in New York boxing for more than five decades, Morris Bimstein was long associated with Ray Arcel.  Considered one of the best cornermen in the game, Bimstein excelled as a cut man who worked with Sixto Escobar, […]

Ray Arcel

Ray Arcel (Boxing.  Born, Terre Haute, IN, Aug. 3, 1899; died, New York, NY, Mar. 7, 1994.)  Ray Arcel handled over 2,000 fighters and 20 of them became world champions over the course of a 70-year career as the leading trainer of the 20th century.  As staggering as his record is, Arcel was equally renowned […]

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