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PRIMO CARNERA - DOCUMENT SIGNED 01/03/1957 - HFSID 287141

 

PRIMO CARNERA
California wrestling license with his enormous thumb prints, signed the year he became the only man ever to have won world heavyweight titles in both boxing and wrestling
Document signed: "Primo Carnera" on verso, 2 pages (front and verso), 8½x13. Sacramento, California, 1957 January 3. Athletic Commission of California Wrestler's License, with address and other personal data hand printed by Carnero. His 1½x2 b/w photo is affixed in upper left corner with 4 staples, and his (enormous) left and right thumb prints are present at bottom on verso. (There is a third, smudged, print.) Primo Carnera (1906-1967) was World Heavyweight Boxing Champion from 1933-1934. The enormous Carnera, called "the Ambling Alp", stood 6'5", weighted 265 pounds, and had enormous hands. He won the title by knocking out Jack Sharkey in the sixth round in Madison Square Garden on June 29, 1933. He lost the title on June 14, 1934 in Madison Square Garden when he was knocked out by Max Baer in the 11th round, and was crushed by Joe Louis the next year. Abused and cheated first by mob-connected managers and then by Nazi occupiers of his Italian village during World War II, Carnera made an astonishing comeback as a professional wrestler (1946-1961), going 152-14-19 and being declared world champion. He became a US citizen in 1953. Carnera appeared in a few films, including The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933), in which he fought Max Baer, his real life ring opponent the next year. Red pencil notes (unknown hand) at upper right margin and red ink date stamp (Jan 12 1957) at lower right section. 2 filing holes at upper margin. Minor show through of finger prints to front. Corners lightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.


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PRIMO CARNERA
Born: October 26, 1906 in Sequals, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Died: June 29, 1967 in Sequals, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy


Film Credits
2008 Joe Louis: America's Hero... Betrayed (Other), 2005 Biography (Other), 1999 The Sweet Science (Other), 1993 The Great Depression (Other), 1977 Knockout (Other), 1976 ABC's Wide World of Sports (Other), 1973 Titanes en el ring (in person), 1959 Hercules Unchained (Performer), 1957 Matinee Theatre (Performer), 1956-1957 Sheriff of Cochise (Performer), 1955 A Kid for Two Farthings (Performer), 1954 The Big Fight: Jack Sharkey vs. Primo Carnera (in person), 1954 Prince Valiant (Performer), 1954 Casanova's Big Night (Performer), 1953/II Roar of the Crowd (Other), 1953 The Joe Louis Story (Other), 1952 Il tallone di Achille (Performer), 1949 Mighty Joe Young (Performer), 1943 Harlem (Performer), 1943 Due cuori fra le belve (Performer), 1942 Sette anni di felicità (Performer), 1942 I cavalieri del deserto (Performer), 1941 La corona di ferro (Performer), 1940 Vento di milioni (Performer), 1940 Senza cielo (Performer), 1940 La nascita di Salomè (Performer), 1940 La figlia del corsaro verde (Performer), 1939 Traversata nera (Performer), 1934 World's Heavyweight Championship: Primo Carnera and Max Baer (in person), 1933 The Prizefighter and the Lady (Performer), 1933 Mr. Broadway (in person), 1933 Bombshell (in person), 1931 The Bigger They Are (Performer)


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