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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lester Patrick

Lester Patrick (Hockey.  Born, Drummondville, Ont., Dec. 31, 1883; died, Victoria, BC, June 1, 1960.)  Lester Patrick was the “Father of the New York Rangers.”  Conn Smythe assembled most of the original expansion team in 1926 before leaving after a squabble with Madison Square Garden management led by Tex Rickard.  Patrick stepped in, regrouped the […]

Bill Carey

Bill Carey (Executive.  Born, Hoosick Falls, NY, Sept. 14, 1878; died, Indio, CA, Feb. 24, 1951.)  An engineer who was involved in the construction of the Panama Canal, William F. Carey was a dedicated boxing fan who became president of Madison Square Garden in 1929, following the death of Tex Rickard.  His association with the Garden […]

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