Joe Gans: A Biography of the First African American World Boxing Champion

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Joe Gans captured the world lightweight title in 1902, becoming the first black American world title holder in any sport. Gans was a master strategist and tactician, and one the earliest practitioners of "scientific" boxing. As a black champion reigning during the Jim Crow era, he endured physical assaults, a stolen title, bankruptcy, and numerous attempts to destroy his reputation. Four short years after successfully defending his title in the 42-round "Greatest Fight of the ...

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Joe Gans captured the world lightweight title in 1902, becoming the first black American world title holder in any sport. Gans was a master strategist and tactician, and one the earliest practitioners of "scientific" boxing. As a black champion reigning during the Jim Crow era, he endured physical assaults, a stolen title, bankruptcy, and numerous attempts to destroy his reputation. Four short years after successfully defending his title in the 42-round "Greatest Fight of the Century," Joe Gans was dead of tuberculosis.

This biography features original round-by-round ringside telegraph reports of his most famous and controversial fights, a complete fight history, photographs, and early newspaper drawings and cartoons.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786439942
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/17/2008
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Colleen Aycock's father was a professional fighter during the Depression. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is a contributor to other publications on the history of boxing. Mark Scott, a novelist and former Golden Gloves boxer, lives in Austin, Texas. He is a contributor to other publications on the history of boxing.

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Table of Contents


1 A Marvel of the Ring 5
2 Battle Royal 11
3 Boxing in 1900 Baltimore 20
4 Ghosts in the House 30
5 Straight Hitting 35
6 Saving an Eye, Losing a Title 53
7 Fixed Fight in Chicago 63
8 Long Road Back 82
9 Bringing Home the Bacon 89
10 Defending the Championship: A Gentleman and a Gladiator 97
11 Stolen Title 109
12 Boxing Moves West 125
13 Forays at Welterweight 141
14 Epic Battle in the Nevada Desert 152
15 The White Plague 180
16 A Dream Deferred, a Dream Realized 193
17 Good Night, Sweet Prince: Fighting in the Shadow of Death 202
18 The Old Master's Legacy 227
19 In the Words of Peers and Scholars 233
20 Final Rounds 243 Epilogue: Boxing's Continued Popularity 250 App Ring Record 257 Chapter Notes 265 Works Cited 277 Index 281
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2008

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    After obtaining a draft of this biography, (which had passed through several hands)I was astounded that an athlete of such historical significance has passed under the radar for so long. But after reading only the early stages of this book, I was amazed at the spotlight he has not received after his contribution to the foundation of modern sport. He is a true American hero. I look forward to getting my hands on this one! --Jason W.

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