The Fearless Harry Greb: Biography of a Tragic Hero of Boxing

The Fearless Harry Greb: Biography of a Tragic Hero of Boxing

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by Bill Paxton
     
 

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The legendary Harry Greb stepped into the ring more than 300 times from 1913 to 1926, defeated opponents who outweighed him by more than 30 pounds, held the middleweight and light heavyweight titles and beat every Hall of Fame boxer he ever fought. Dubbed "the Pittsburgh Windmill" because of his manic, freewheeling style in the ring, Greb also crossed racial lines,

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The legendary Harry Greb stepped into the ring more than 300 times from 1913 to 1926, defeated opponents who outweighed him by more than 30 pounds, held the middleweight and light heavyweight titles and beat every Hall of Fame boxer he ever fought. Dubbed "the Pittsburgh Windmill" because of his manic, freewheeling style in the ring, Greb also crossed racial lines, taking on all comers regardless of color. An injury in the ring led to Greb's gradually going blind in one eye and should have ended his career, but he kept his condition secret and fought on. Tragically, the indomitable fighter would be dead by the age of 32, felled by complications during minor surgery.

This biography of one of the toughest boxers of all time includes interviews, family recollections, modern doctors' analyses of Greb's eye injury and more than 120 rare photographs, as well as a complete fight record and round-by-round descriptions of his most famous fights.

Editorial Reviews

Cyber Boxing Zone
Fans of boxing's great middleweight, Harry Greb, are in for a treat...detailed...Paxton's work will rekindle the reader's interest in the exploits of Fearless Harry...masterfully written...well researched...interesting read...abundance of photographs...highly recommend
Dublin's Evening Herald
Paxton knows his subject so well that he is able to dispel most of the myths and still tell an engrossing story
The Ring
there may not be a huge audience out there for a biography of Harry Greb, but Bill Paxton has put together a good one

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786440160
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
01/12/2009
Pages:
260
Sales rank:
633,721
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Bill Paxton is a toy and game inventor in Chicago. He operates the Harry Greb Web site at

www.harrygreb.com.

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