JAKE "THE RAGING BULL" LA MOTTA - PICTURE POST CARD SIGNED 08/05/1949 - HFSID 49562
Sale Price $144.00
JAKE LaMOTTABlack and white postcard photograph depicting the fighter posing for the camera Picture Postcard signed: "Best Wishes/ Jake/ LaMotta" on verso. B/w, 3½x5½. Depicts LaMotta in a boxing pose on front. Captioned at lower margin: "Jake La Motta/ Middleweight Champion of the World/ Mgr: Joe La Motta [telephone number]". Addressed in LaMotta's hand to: "Charles Eggert/5203 Bridge Ave/Cleveland (2) Ohio". Postmarked New York, NY, August 5, 1949. Nicknamed the "Bronx Bull" because of his aggressive, charging style, Jake "The Raging Bull" LaMotta (1921-2017) achieved prominence when he won a 10-round decision over Sugar Ray Robinson on February 5, 1943. He and Robinson fought six times, with LaMotta winning only that one bout. On June 16, 1949, LaMotta won the World Middleweight Championship. He defended his title twice, losing it when Robinson knocked him out in the 13th round on February 14, 1951. LaMotta won 83 fights, 30 by knockout, and lost 19, four by knockout (with four draws). He co-authored his autobiography, Raging Bull (1970), which was adapted into the 1981 film starring Robert DeNiro. LaMotta was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. Minor haloeing of ink. Ink beaded at a few words of the address (all writing completely legible). Lightly creased at upper left-hand corner. Slightly soiled. Postal impressions at right background. Otherwise, fine condition.
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