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Sam Taub

Sam Taub (Broadcaster.  Born, New York, NY, Sept. 10, 1886; died, New York, NY, July 10, 1979.)  Once the most famous name in boxing broadcasting, Sam Taub began his career in New York sports as a copy boy for the old Morning Telegraph, then edited by famed former western gunslinger Bat Masterson (q.v.).  The young […]

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 […]

Two-Ton Tony Galento

Two-Ton Tony Galento (Boxing.  Born, Orange, NJ, Mar. 12, 1910; died, Livingston, NJ, July 22, 1979.)  Among the most colorful and popular characters in boxing during his career, Dominic Anthony Galento was a heavy heavyweight contender in the 1930s.  Galento’s most celebrated bout came against champion Joe Louis June 28, 1939, before 34,852 at Yankee Stadium, […]

Primo Carnera

Primo Carnera (Boxing.  Born, Sequals, Italy, Nov. 26, 1906; died, Sequals, Italy, June 29, 1967.)  A 6’6”, 260-pound boxer, Primo Carnera was heavyweight champion for slightly less than a year (1933-34).  Carnera won the title June 29, 1933, with a sixth-round knockout of Jack Sharkey at the Madison Square Garden Bowl in Long Island City.  He […]

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 […]

Max Baer

Max Baer (Boxing.  Born, Omaha, NE, Feb. 11, 1909; died, Hollywood, CA, Nov. 21, 1959.)  Maxmillian Adelbert Baer was world heavyweight champion for one day less than a year.  He knocked out Primo Carnera in the 11th round June 14, 1934, at the Madison Square Garden Bowl in Long Island City.  On June 13, 1935, Baer […]

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