Jess Willard

Jess Willard, the "Pottawatomie Giant," won the heavyweight title in 1915 with his defeat of Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion. At 6 feet, 6 inches and 240 pounds, Willard was considered unbeatable in his day.

Author: Arly Allen

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476626376

Category: Sports & Recreation

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Jess Willard, the “Pottawatomie Giant,” won the heavyweight title in 1915 with his defeat of Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion. At 6 feet, 6 inches and 240 pounds, Willard was considered unbeatable in his day. He nonetheless lost to Jack Dempsey in 1919 in one of the most brutally one-sided contests in fistic history. Willard later made an initially successful comeback but was defeated by Luis Firpo in 1923 and retired from the ring. He died in 1968, largely forgotten by the boxing public. Featuring photographs from the Willard family archives, this first full-length biography provides a detailed portrait of one of America’s boxing greats.

The Fearless Harry Greb

Also shown are Harry Wills, Georges Carpentier, Jess Willard and Bill Brennan. The New York Daily ran a poll asking readers to vote for who they think Dempsey should fight next for the heavyweight title. The top five candidates in the ...

Author: Bill Paxton

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476613833

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 260

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The legendary Harry Greb stepped into the ring more than 300 times from 1913 to 1926, defeated opponents who outweighed him by more than 30 pounds, held the middleweight and light heavyweight titles and beat every Hall of Fame boxer he ever fought. Dubbed “the Pittsburgh Windmill” because of his manic, freewheeling style in the ring, Greb also crossed racial lines, taking on all comers regardless of color. An injury in the ring led to Greb’s gradually going blind in one eye and should have ended his career, but he kept his condition secret and fought on. Tragically, the indomitable fighter would be dead by the age of 32, felled by complications during minor surgery. This biography of one of the toughest boxers of all time includes interviews, family recollections, modern doctors’ analyses of Greb’s eye injury and more than 120 rare photographs, as well as a complete fight record and round-by-round descriptions of his most famous fights.


6485' CHALIPION DRIVEN PROM THEATER BY BOOTS AND CALLS Boxing has been given its worst. black. eye here to-dsy by none other than Jess Willard, heavy-weight champion who was so badly worsted to a. wordy clash with Harry Houdini, ...

Author: Harry Houdini

Publisher: Рипол Классик

ISBN: 9785876406583

Category: History

Page: 384

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Fire Road

In 1919, Jack Dempsey was training to fight Jess Willard. My grandfather claimed Jack fought that fight—the World's Heavy— weight Championship Fight—with cracked ribs. “Jack hired me to harden his body,” Arthur said.

Author: Donald Anderson

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 1609380053

Category: Fiction

Page: 212

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Stephen Mann-- loyal son, war veteran, divorced father--is the subject of Donald Anderson's contemporary short-story cycle, Fire Road. In this award-winning collection, Mann negotiates life's punches through gain and loss, love and death, and the all too random dangers of being human. Woven between each personal story are poetic vignettes of isolated moments-- the headlines in a morning paper, a political murder--and the century's most violent tragedies--the bombing of Hiroshima, the firestorm at Dresden. Each vingette is a constant, powerful reminder of the human capacity to love and, ultimately, to destroy. A bruising view of one man's tumultuous journey through life, Fire Road explores the small and large crimes we all commit in the name of love and fear, despair and longing.


So Jess Willard did operate the show and the Buffalo Bill show en route in 1917, contrary to some of your correspondents. The Buffalo Bill title was owned at that time by structed for the show. Incidentally, the ingenious Canadian ...





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In its 114th year, Billboard remains the world's premier weekly music publication and a diverse digital, events, brand, content and data licensing platform. Billboard publishes the most trusted charts and offers unrivaled reporting about the latest music, video, gaming, media, digital and mobile entertainment issues and trends.

The World Colored Heavyweight Championship 1876 1937

Jess. Willard. On April 5, 1915, in front of a large and intimidating crowd at the new Oriental Park Racetrack in ... Prior to Willard's battle with Johnson, William Muldoon, formerly the world's champion wrestler and authority on ...

Author: Mark Allen Baker

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476677651

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 260

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For six decades the World Colored Heavyweight Championship was a useful tool of racial oppression--the existence of the title far more important to the white public than its succession of champions. It took some extraordinary individuals, most notably Jack Johnson, to challenge "the color line" in the ring, although the title and the black fighters who contended for it continued until the reign of Joe Louis a generation later. This history traces the advent and demise of the Championship, the stories of the 28 professional athletes who won it, and the demarcation of the color line both in and out of the ring.

Heritage Sports Auction Signature Catalog 705

Freedman 7 ESTABLISHED PRICE $ 7.50 TAX PAID TOTAL $ 8.26 RING FLOOR 2 1 floyd Fitzsimmons New Arena 19259 1910's Jess Willard Fight Tickets Lot Of 3. Three full tickets for fights of future Heavyweight Champion Jess Willard .

Author: Ivy Press

Publisher: Heritage Capital Corporation

ISBN: 1599670844



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A Flame of Pure Fire

This had the effect of denigrating the reputation of Jess Willard, the strongest man ever to hold the heavyweight championship. Rothman wrote of Willard: "He was truly equipped to be a champion. He had a long left arm, which held off ...

Author: Roger Kahn

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780544173910

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 496

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Jack Dempsey was perfectly suited to the time in which he fought, the time when the United States first felt the throb of its own overwhelming power. For eight years and two months after World War I, Dempsey, with his fierce good looks and matchless dedication to the kill, was heavyweight champion of the world. A Flame of Pure Fire is the extraordinary story of a man and a country growing to maturity in a blaze of strength and exuberance that nearly burned them to ash. Hobo, roughneck, fighter, lover, millionaire, movie star, and, finally, a gentleman of rare generosity and sincerity, Dempsey embodied an America grappling with the confusing demands of preeminence. Dempsey lived a life that touched every part of the American experience in the first half of the twentieth century. Roger Kahn, one of our preeminent writers about the human side of sport, has found in Dempsey a subject that matches his own manifold talents. A friend of Dempsey's and an insightful observer of the ways in which sport can measure a society's evolution, Kahn reaches a new and exciting stage in his acclaimed career with this book. In the story of a man John Lardner called "a flame of pure fire, at last a hero," Roger Kahn finds the heart of America.

Protect Yourself at All Times

Jess Willard's ring career was defined by two fights: an April 5, 1915, victory over Jack Johnson in Havana, when he fulfilled his destiny as a “great white hope,” and a brutal knockout defeat at the hands of Jack Dempsey on July 4, ...

Author: Thomas Hauser

Publisher: University of Arkansas Press

ISBN: 9781610756488

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 312

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“Hauser is a treasure. Whatever he writes is worth reading. Boxing is blessed that he has focused so much of his career on the sweet science.” —Booklist Each year, readers, writers, and critics alike anticipate Thomas Hauser’s newest collection of articles about the contemporary boxing scene, where his award-winning investigative journalism is on display. The annual retrospective of the previous year in boxing is always a notable moment in the sport that no one knows better than Hauser. Protect Yourself at All Times offers a behind-the-scenes look at Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor, dressing room reports from big fights like Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin, and compelling portraits of luminaries like Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis, Mike Tyson, and Don King, all filtered through the perspective of a true champion of boxing.

Tex Rickard

Jess Willard match in Cuba. Many historians say that Johnson was fat and out of shape when he fought Jess Willard in Havana. This has to be viewed in a relative sense. The fact that Johnson won most of the first twenty-five rounds under ...

Author: Colleen Aycock

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786490172

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 235

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Whether opening saloons, raising cattle, or promoting sporting events, George Lewis “Tex” Rickard (1870–1929) possessed a drive to be the best. After an early career as a cowboy and Texas sheriff, Rickard pioneered the largest ranch in South America, built a series of profitable saloons in the Klondike and Nevada gold rushes, and turned boxing into a million-dollar sport. As “the Father of Madison Square Garden,” he promoted over 200 fights, including some of the most notable of the 20th century: the “Longest Fight,” the “Great White Hope,” fight, and the famous “Long Count” fight. Along the way, he rubbed shoulders with some of history’s most renowned figures, including Teddy Roosevelt, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, John Ringling, Jack Dempsey, and Gene Tunney. This detailed biography chronicles Rickard’s colorful life and his critical role in the evolution of boxing from a minor sport to a modern spectacle.

Our Young Family

373 Jess Willard Hobson , born August 17 , 1915 . 374 vi . Crystal Hobson , born August 03 , 1917 . 375 vii . Inez Hobson , born April 13 , 1920 . + + 9 + + V. + + + + 9 119. Garrett4 Young ( Milton ) , Patterson “ Pad ” 2 , Wilson !

Author: Perry Deane Young

Publisher: The Overmountain Press

ISBN: 1570722749

Category: Reference

Page: 607

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This genealogy is the culmination of 45 years of research by best-selling author Perry Young. Containing more than 15,000 names in the index and more than 450 photographs, along with hundreds of stories, memoirs, letters, and documents.

Grantland Rice and His Heroes

CHAPTER 3 Jack Dempsey Grantland Rice never forgot what Jack Dempsey did to Jess Willard . He never got over the ferocity and power of Dempsey in his first heavyweight - championship victory against a much bigger opponent .

Author: Mark Inabinett

Publisher: Univ. of Tennessee Press

ISBN: 0870498495

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 130

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With no way for fans to verify their facts, the sportswriters of the 1920s enjoyed a near monopoly on sports news. Journalist Mark Inabinett explores the incomparable Grantland Rice's role in creating the legends that surrounded six sports stars--Jack Dempsey, Babe Ruth, Bobby Jones, Bill Tilden, Red Grange, and Knute Rockne. Photographs.

Viewing Boxing from Ringside

In 1919, Jess Willard decided to put his championship up for grabs. As the Great White Hope who ended the Johnson championship reign, Jess Willard was America's hero. At the age of 37 and having fought only once over the previous four ...

Author: Thomas Donelson

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595237487

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 172

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I now see Boxing history through a whole new lens. Boxing legends came alive before my eyes and I understood finally what brought them to the levels they attained. Listening to my parents talk about Joe Louis and remembering Cassius Clay/Ali from my own early adult years enhanced the information gleaned from these pages. New names were dangled before me and now I want to know more about them. Where was I when they fought for glory? What kind of lives did they lead? Now I am on a treasure hunt for answers to those questions. This book has whet my appetite for more. Carol Golden-Media Assistant, Marion, IA

Ragged but Right

152 During the season of 1917, the Jess Willard– Buffalo Bill Show was visited by Prince Oskazuma, one of the most colorful figures in the field of sideshow entertainment. Born in 1865, he had been in the public eye since the early ...

Author: Lynn Abbott

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1604731486

Category: Music

Page: 472

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The commercial explosion of ragtime in the early twentieth century created previously unimagined opportunities for black performers. However, every prospect was mitigated by systemic racism. The biggest hits of the ragtime era weren't Scott Joplin's stately piano rags. “Coon songs,” with their ugly name, defined ragtime for the masses, and played a transitional role in the commercial ascendancy of blues and jazz. In Ragged but Right, Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff investigate black musical comedy productions, sideshow bands, and itinerant tented minstrel shows. Ragtime history is crowned by the “big shows,” the stunning musical comedy successes of Williams and Walker, Bob Cole, and Ernest Hogan. Under the big tent of Tolliver's Smart Set, Ma Rainey, Clara Smith, and others were converted from “coon shouters” to “blues singers.” Throughout the ragtime era and into the era of blues and jazz, circuses and Wild West shows exploited the popular demand for black music and culture, yet segregated and subordinated black performers to the sideshow tent. Not to be confused with their nineteenth-century white predecessors, black, tented minstrel shows such as the Rabbit's Foot and Silas Green from New Orleans provided blues and jazz-heavy vernacular entertainment that black southern audiences identified with and took pride in.

Rectors Remembered The Descendants of John Jacob Rector Volume 1

... Dessie Pearl MANN Birth: 31 Jan 1898, Seward, Logan, OK Death: 15 Jun 1971, Nashville, Davidson, TN Spouse: Fred G. LOVE Birth: 15 Mar 188926 Children: (13) Jess Willard LOVE Birth: 15 Aug 1917 ...

Author: Laura Wayland-Smith Hatch


ISBN: 9781312619401

Category: History

Page: 711

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Volume 1 of 8, TOC and pages 1-504. A genealogical compilation of the descendants of John Jacob Rector and his wife, Anna Elizabeth Fischbach. Married in 1711 in Trupbach, Germany, the couple immigrated to the Germanna Colony in Virginia in 1714. Eight volumes document the lives of over 45,000 individuals.

Heavyweight Boxing Champions

Jess survived two more rounds but decided not to come out for the fourth round. The Midwestern Jess Willard was very gracious in defeat and congratulated the new World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Jack Dempsey. Jess earned a decent ...

Author: Terry Middleton

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781665522038

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 292

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This book is dedicated to my grandfather, Clarence Middleton, who boxed while in the United States Army during WWI, and my Father, Dennis Middleton, who boxed while in the United States Navy during WWII. My first memories were watching my Dad workout when I was a young kid. He used Boxing and weight training routines as a way to exercise after the war.

Glass City

In Round 26— they had been fighting for more than an hour and a half—Willard got his right hand over, and Johnson dropped on his back. He was counted out, and Big Jess was heavyweight champion. Willard was feted everywhere as a ...

Author: Paul Beston

Publisher: Creators Publishing

ISBN: 9781949673449

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

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Twenty-four-year-old newspaperman Ray Sargent is a hardened cynic in the ways of the world: he’s lost his parents and brothers, served in the Marines in France, survived the deadly flu pandemic of 1918, and written up everything from labor strikes to gambling dens. And he has a way with women—or so he supposes. But he’s never met a woman like Marian Newhouse, the beautiful, brilliant reporter with a mysterious past who shows up in Toledo, Ohio, just as the Midwest’s “glass city” is getting ready to host the biggest sports event in the world—a heavyweight championship fight between Jack Dempsey and Jess Willard. It’s a time when everything seems up for grabs in the United States, when a midsize manufacturing city becomes the locus of national attention, and when a man who thought he had life figured out finds himself surprised by the oldest surprise of all. As a suffocating heat wave descends and Toledo’s streets fill with out-of-town visitors, Ray befriends both boxers. On July 4, with the sun beating down on thousands in an open-air arena, a bell rings to settle the issue between Dempsey and Willard—but can Ray win Marian’s heart before she marries a man she barely knows?

The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini

When told that Jess Willard was in the audience to see him, he assumed the champion would consider it a great honor to share the stage with him. No other possibility ever registered with Houdini. Willard had to be joking.

Author: Joe Posnanski

Publisher: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781501137242

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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Joe Posnanski enters the colorful world of Harry Houdini and his legions of devoted fans to explore the illusionist’s impact on global culture—and why his legacy endures to this day. Nearly a century after Harry Houdini died on Halloween in 1926, he feels as modern and alive as ever. The name Houdini still leaps to mind whenever we witness a daring escape. The baby who frees herself from her crib? Houdini. The dog who vanishes and reappears in the neighbor’s garden? Houdini. Every generation produces new disciples of the magician, from household names in magic like David Copperfield and David Blaine to countless other followers whose lives have been transformed by the power of Houdini. In rural Pennsylvania, a thirteen-year-old girl finds the courage to leave a violent home after learning that Houdini ran away to join the circus; she eventually becomes the first female magician to saw a man in half on television. In Australia, an eight-year-old boy with a learning impediment feels worthless until he sees an old poster of Houdini advertising “Nothing on earth can hold Houdini prisoner,” and begins his path to becoming that nation’s most popular magician. In California, an actor and Vietnam War veteran finds purpose in his life by uncovering the secrets of his hero. But the unique phenomenon of Houdini was always more than his death-defying stunts or his ability to escape handcuffs and straitjackets. It is also about the power of imagination and self-invention. His incredible transformation from Ehrich Weiss, humble Hungarian immigrant and rabbi’s son, into the self-named Harry Houdini has won him a slice of immortality. No one has withstood the test of time quite like Houdini. Fueled by Posnanski’s personal obsession with the magician—and magic itself—The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini is a poignant odyssey of discovery, blending biography, memoir, and first-person reporting to trace Houdini’s metamorphosis into an iconic figure who has inspired millions.

The Secret Life of Houdini

I refer to Mr.Jess Willard, our champion,” Houdini bellowed from the stage of Los An- geles's Orpheum Theatre on November 30, 1915. Momentarily stunned, the audience of more than two thousand responded with tumultuous applause, cheers, ...

Author: William Kalush

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743272087

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 608

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Draws on newly uncovered archives and the co-author's expertise in magic to reveal Houdini's secret work as a spy for the United States and England, his post-war efforts to expose the fraudulent activities of spiritualist mediums, and the plot organized by Arthur Conan Doyle to have him murdered. Reprint.