Jack Dempsey: The Manassa Mauler / Edition 1

Jack Dempsey: The Manassa Mauler / Edition 1

by Randy Roberts
     
 

Heavyweight Champion of the World from 1919 to 1926, Jack Dempsey, also known as the Manassa Mauler, began his boxing career as a skinny boy of sixteen, riding the rails and participating in hastily staged saloon bouts against miners and lumberjacks.

Roberts draws on a wealth of newspaper articles and interviews to chronicle Dempsey's rise to the heavyweight

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Heavyweight Champion of the World from 1919 to 1926, Jack Dempsey, also known as the Manassa Mauler, began his boxing career as a skinny boy of sixteen, riding the rails and participating in hastily staged saloon bouts against miners and lumberjacks.

Roberts draws on a wealth of newspaper articles and interviews to chronicle Dempsey's rise to the heavyweight championship and his six title defenses - including bouts against Billy Miske in 1920, the Frenchman George Carpentier in 1921, and Tommy Gibbons and Louis Firpo in 1923. Also included are accounts of the eventual loss of his title to Gene Tunney in 1926 and the rematch in 1927, which Dempsey also lost in the infamous "long count". After continuing to fight in exhibitions, Dempsey retired from boxing in 1940 with an astonishing sixty-four victories; forty-nine of them knockouts.

Roberts tells of the formation of this sports hero and his image, including accounts of Dempsey's forays into Hollywood, the controversy over his alleged draft dodging, his long life following his retirement, and his enduring legacy as one of the greatest fighters in boxing history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252071485
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
06/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
343,848
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue: Toledo, 19191
IThe Son of a Pipe Dream3
IIA Trade for the Hungry18
IIIMarriages of Different Kinds32
IVCrucible Under the Sun50
VChampion: Roses and Thorns67
VIThe Battle of the Century100
VIIA Question of Morals130
VIIIShelby Under Attack146
IXThe Greatest Fight Since the Silurian Age170
XThe Nose Makes the Man193
XIAnd Ghastly Thro' the Drizzling Rain212
XIII'm Fighting for the Glory236
Epilogue: Everybody Give the Big Boy a Hand264
Postscript: "Here's to Heroes"271
Notes275
Bibliography297
Index309

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