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

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

by Bill Paxton
The Fearless Harry Greb: Biography of a Tragic Hero of Boxing

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

by Bill Paxton

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Overview

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.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476613833
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 11/29/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 260
File size: 14 MB
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Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Preface 1

1. From a Street Corner to a Ring Corner 5
2. The Early Road of Trials 16
3. Icky’s Busy Year 32
4. In the Navy 45
5. First Year of Marriage and the #45 60
6. Jack Dempsey and the Heavyweights 74
7. A Time for Change 89
8. A City Celebrates 105
9. All Good Things 116
10. Achieving the Goal—The Middleweight Championship 131
11. Defending the Title 144
12. The Tunney Rematches 159
13. The Champion Playboy 171
14. The Bulldog Meets the Windmill 179
15. The Best of His Time 189
16. The Tragic Hero 200
17. The Myths Grow While the Legend Fades 216

Appendix A: Greb’s Complete Fight Record 227
Appendix B: 1923 Middleweight Championship Body Measurements 235
Chapter Notes 237
Bibliography 247
Index 249

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