GENE TUNNEY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/25/1932 - HFSID 1335
GENE TUNNEY The former heavyweight champ responds to praise for his magazine articles about his visit to Russia. Typed Letter signed: "Gene", 1p, 7¼x10½. New York, N.Y., 1932 February 25. On personal letterhead to Howard Osterhout, Garden City, N.Y.
Sale Price $467.50
The former heavyweight champ responds to praise for his magazine articles about his visit to Russia.
Typed Letter signed: "Gene", 1p, 7¼x10½. New York, N.Y., 1932 February 25. On personal letterhead to Howard Osterhout, Garden City, N.Y. In full: "It was indeed kind of you to send the complimentary message on my Collier's articles. I deeply appreciate it. I ran into Henry Uterhart at the opera last week and had a little visit with him. Why could we not get together one day for lunch - the three of us? My 'phone number is Vanderbilt 3-8971. Do give me a call. With every good wish, believe me sincerely". Gene Tunney (1897-1978) captured the world heavyweight boxing crown by defeating Jack Dempsey in a unanimous 10-round decision (1926), won a 10-round rematch after coming back from a controversial long count (1927), picked up one more easy purse and then retired (1928). The highly literate and articulate Tunney served on the boards of several corporations. During World War II, he was director of athletics and fitness for the U.S. Navy. His son John was a Senator from California (1971-1977). Tunney had visited the Soviet Union in early 1931, searching for ideas which might help the US recover from the Great Depression. However, his impressions of Soviet Russia, published in Collier's later that year, were mostly negative. For example, he was shocked to find a smelter where church bells were being melted down as scrap metal. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.
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