JACK DEMPSEY - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 275156
Sale Price $405.00
Shown in his World War II uniform.
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Don & Bunny/Best of Luck/from your friend/Jack Dempsey". B/w, 8x10. Billed as the "Manassa Mauler" and the "toughest man ever to come out of the West," the 6-foot, 190-pound Dempsey met the 6-foot-6, 250-pound heavyweight champion Jess Willard on July 4, 1919, at Toledo, OH. Dempsey won on a 3rd-round knockout. During the next seven years, Dempsey defended his title only six times but made a lot of money in the process. His fight against Frenchman Georges Carpentier on July 2, 1921 produced boxing's first $1 million gate. He lost his title to Gene Tunney on September 23, 1926 in a ten-round decision after which he retired. Named the greatest fighter of the half-century in a 1950 Associated Press poll, he won 60 professional fights, 49 by knockout; lost 7, 1 by knockout; and fought 7 draws, 5 no-decisions, and 1 no-contest. Dempsey spent World War II on active Coast Guard duty, rising to the temporary rank of commander.Although much of his service was of the morale-building type, with appearances at bases and War Bond drives, he also served aboard troop transports in the Pacific, including the attack transport U.S.S. Arthur Middleton during the assault on Okinawa. Light corner creases. Minor nick at center of lower edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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