JAMES J. "CINDERELLA MAN" BRADDOCK - INSCRIBED MENU SIGNED CIRCA 1959 CO-SIGNED BY: JOE "JERSEY JOE" WALCOTT, GUS LESNEVICH - HFSID 279467
Sale Price $510.00
BOXING GREATS: JAMES J. BRADDOCK, GUS LESNEVICH and JERSEY JOE WALCOTT
All three inscribe and sign a 1959 Grossinger's luncheon menu.
Menu inscribed and signed: "To Ben/Best Wishes/James J. Braddock", "To Ben/Best Wishes/Gus Lesnevich" and "To Ben/Jersey Joe/Walcott", 1 page, 7x11. Luncheon menu of Grossinger's, Grossinger, New York, June 17, 1959. Arnold Raymond Cream, better known as JERSEY JOEWALCOTT (1914-1994) lost four bids for the World Heavyweight title (twice to Joe Louis and twice to Ezzard Charles) before besting Charles to win the crown in 1951. He beat Charles again to defend his title, but lost it the following year to Rocky Marciano. At age 37, he was the oldest heavyweight champion until George Foreman broke that mark in 1994 (age 45). GUS LESNEVICH (1915-1964), Ring magazine's fighter of the year (1947), was World Light Heavyweight Champion (1941-1948). He spent two years in the Coast Guard during World War II (1943-1945). JAMES J. BRADDOCK (1905-1974) narrowly lost a bid for the light heavyweight championship in a 15-round loss to Tommy Loughran in 1928. Seemingly reduced thereafter to the status of "chump" fighter, losing more bouts than he won, Braddock retired from the ring and worked as a longshoreman during the Depression. He made a powerful comeback, however, winning a 10-1 odds upset victory over Max Baer for the heavyweight title in 1935. He lost the crown to Joe Louis two years later, but did score a knockdown in the first round. Grossingers, a resort in the Catskills offering strictly kosher food and top-flight entertainment, was a vacation favorite from 1919 to 1986. Today only the golf course remains in business. Lightly worn at corners. Ink notes (unknown hand) near signatures. Otherwise, fine condition.
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