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Bill Jennings

Bill Jennings (Hockey, golf.  Born, New York, NY, Dec. 14, 1920; died, Byram, CT, Aug. 17, 1981.)  Distinguished by steel-gray hair and a suave demeanor, William Mitchell Jennings was the legal mastermind behind the acquisition of the controlling interest in Madison Square Garden by Graham-Paige Corp. from James D. Norris in 1960.  Jennings later served as […]

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 […]

Jim Norris

Jim Norris (Executive.  Born, Chicago, IL, Nov. 6, 1906; died, Chicago, IL, Feb. 25, 1966.)  Although he lived virtually his entire life in his native Chicago, James Dougan Norris was noted in New York sports for a decade of major activity.  Following World War II service in the Navy (1942-45), Norris became co-owner of the […]

Frankie Carbo

Frankie Carbo (Boxing.  Born, New York, NY, Aug. 10, 1904; died, Miami Beach, FL, Nov. 9, 1976.)  Born on the Lower East Side, Paul John Carbo became the biggest of the mobsters who infested boxing in the 1940s and 1950s.  Carbo secretly owned shares of boxers and controlled managers, matchmakers, officials, and even promoters.  His biggest […]

Teddy Brenner

Teddy Brenner (Boxing.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Apr. 25, 1917; died, New York, NY, Jan. 7, 2000.)  In a business not noted for integrity, Theodore Brenner was a pillar of honesty and was also called, for good reason, “the best matchmaker in boxing.”  After military service in World War II, Brenner started matchmaking for Irving Cohen in […]

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