JACK DEMPSEY - INSCRIBED MENU SIGNED - HFSID 283653
Sale Price $531.25
This great piece of boxing and New York City history is a 1965 menu from Jack Dempsey's Broadway Restaurant, signed with "Lots of Luck" by former heavyweight champ Jack Dempsey. His restaurant operated in Manhattan from 1935 to 1974.
Menu signed "Thank you Mary/& lots of luck/Jack Dempsey" in blue ink. Blue ink notations in bottom right corner in unknown hand. B/w, 4 pages, 13¾x9¼, one sheet folded, front and verso, printed on verso. Menu from Jack Dempsey's Broadway Restaurant in New York City. Printed date inside menu: "Wednesday, July 28, 1965". B/w reproduction of Jack Dempsey Knocks Out Jess Willard by James Montgomery Flagg on front. In 1935, eight years after retiring from boxing, Dempsey opened Jack Dempsey's Restaurant on 8th and 50th Street, across from Madison Square Garden. He later moved his restaurant to Broadway between 49th and 50th Streets and renamed it Jack Dempsey's Broadway Restaurant. The Broadway restaurant was closed in 1974. Billed as the "Manassa Mauler" and the "toughest man ever to come out of the West," the 6-foot, 190-pound Dempsey (1895-1983, born William Harrison Dempsey in Manassa, Colorado) met the 6-foot-6, 250-pound heavyweight champion Jess Willard on July 4, 1919, at Toledo, Ohio. 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 Sept. 23, 1926 in a 10-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. Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Staple holes in bottom right corner. Lightly rounded and worn corners. Spine is lightly worn. Folded in half and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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