JACK DEMPSEY - MAGAZINE PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED - HFSID 72702
Sale Price $270.00
Black and white magazine photograph signed by Jack Dempsey.
Magazine Photograph signed: "Jack Dempsey", 5¼x8¼, signed between two photos on same surface, one with actor Rudolph Valentino (b/w, 3x3), and the other with playwright George Bernard Shaw (b/w, 3½x3¾). Unsigned photo of Gene Tunney (b/w, 5¼x6¼) on verso. 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. Slightly soiled. Mounting tape remnant on verso (no show through). Fine condition.
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