JERRY QUARRY - PROGRAM SIGNED CIRCA 1974 CO-SIGNED BY: GIL CLANCY, ARTHUR MERCANTE - HFSID 52651
JERRY QUARRY, ARTHUR MERCANTE and GIL CLANCY. Program signed: "Jerry Quarry" and "Best Wishes/Gil Clancy" and inscribed and signed: "To Bob -/Best Wishes -/Arthur Mercante", 8p, 7x11.
Sale Price $198.00
JERRY QUARRY, ARTHUR MERCANTE and GIL CLANCY. Program signed: "Jerry Quarry" and "Best Wishes/Gil Clancy" and inscribed and signed: "To Bob -/Best Wishes -/Arthur Mercante", 8p, 7x11. Uniondale, Long Island, New York, no date, but probably circa 1974. Program for a fight between Jerry Quarry and Joe Alexander at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Biographies and photographs of the fighters on pages 3 and 6, round-by-round scorecard and listing of undercard on center spread (pages 4 and 5). In 1974, Quarry was decked by Anderson, but came back to win the bout. Heavyweight boxer "Irish" Jerry Quarry (1945-1999), who was dubbed "The Bellflower Bomber", won over $5 million during his career without ever being champ. Quarry, who compiled a 53-9-4 record (with 32 KOs), had first gained notice when he won the 1965 National Golden Gloves championship. That year, he also began his professional career, appearing in 14 matches and compiling a record of 13 wins and one draw. In addition to boxing, Quarry appeared on several TV shows, both as a guest star (from Adam-12 in 1969 to Buck Rogers in the 25th Century in 1980) and as himself (from Batman in 1967 to Knight Rider in 1986). Quarry, who suffered from dementia pugilistica, atrophy of the brain from repeated blows to the head, was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1995. His brother, Michael, who had also pursued a career in boxing, died of the same disease on June 12, 2006. World renowned referee ARTHUR MERCANTE (born in 1920) has presided over 120 championship fights (more than any other referee) on five continents, including three of boxing's most notable bouts: the second pairing of Floyd Patterson and Ingemar Johansson, the first meeting of Joe Frazier and George Foreman and "The Fight of the Century" - the Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier match. Mercante, who had himself boxed in the 1938 New York Golden Gloves, began his career as a referee under Gene Tunney, while serving in the U.S. Navy in 1942. Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1995, he detailed his colorful career in his book, Inside the Ropes. GIL CLANCY, one of boxing's greatest managers and trainers, had his first world champion with Emile Griffith, who captured the welterweight and middle weight crowns. Clancy stayed with Griffith over his entire 20-year career (and he played himself in the 2005 film, The Emile Griffith Story), but he also worked with other fighters, including Rodrigo Valdes and Juan LaPorte, whom he personally tutored, as well as Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Ken Buchanan, Jerry Quarry and Gerry Cooney. And, Clancy came out of retirement in the 1990s to work with Oscar De La Hoya. Named matchmaker for Madison Square Garden Boxing in 1978, he held that position for three years before turning to broadcasting and becoming one of boxing's premiere television analysts in the 1980s and 1990s. Named Manager of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America in 1967 and 1973, Clancy has also been honored with the Sam Taub Award for Excellence in Broadcasting Journalism and he is enshrined in the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Slightly creased. Lightly soiled on covers. Fine condition.
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