JACK DEMPSEY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/04/1937 - HFSID 2151
Sale Price $360.00
Jack Dempsey writes about what he considers a Conservative and a Liberal.
Typed Letter Signed: "Jack Dempsey", 1p, 8½x11. Pictorial Jack Dempsey's Restaurant stationery, New York City, 1937 January 4. To Mr. J.A. Blomgren, Minneapolis, Minn. In full: "You overwhelm me with your flattering letter. I regret that my definition of a Conservative and a Liberal may not be what you desire. A Conservative, according to my definition, is one who is cautious and not inclined to radicalism. A Liberal is one who is a little more inclined to be generous and takes a chance. In other words, he is one who believes in giving a citizen all the personal liberty that is commensurate with the recognized laws." 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. Folds, vertical fold touches "D". Lightly creased. Pencil notes on verso (unknown hand, no show through). Overall, fine condition.
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