Friday, November 17, 2017

Milk Fund Fight Picture -- November 17, 2017

Film Daily, 24-June-1924
Millicent Hearst, wife of publisher William Randolph Hearst, founded the New York Free Milk Fund for Babies in 1921. In 1923, sportswriters Damon Runyon and Bill Farnsworth promoted a boxing fundraiser at Madison Square Garden.  Disgusted with the small cut of the gate offered by the Garden, Farnsworth worked with baseball parks for future fundraisers.

The second event was held at Yankee Stadium on 26-June-1924.  The movie would be released the next day.  The original Yankee Stadium opened in 1923. This was a great card. 

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Harry Greb, the Pittsburgh Windmill, was Middleweight champion, despite what the ad says.  He is considered one of the greatest boxers of all time even though he was blind in one eye.  British boxer Ted Moore put a good fight but Greb won a unanimous decision in fifteen rounds.

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Young Stribling, the Georgia Schoolboy, was a fantastically talented all-around athlete who fought as a heavyweight.  The ad says he was going to fight Paul Berlenbach, but instead he fought Tommy Loughran, the Phantom of Philly, who is much more famous.  Stribling won on points in six rounds. 

Film Daily, 22-August-1926
Gene Tunney was a handsome, educated war hero who had held the light heavyweight title.  In 1926 he won the heavyweight title from Jack Dempsey and appeared in a serial, The Fighting Marine.  Italian Erminio Spalla was also an actor.  Tunney won by a TKO in seven. 

Panama Joe Gans was an African-Caribbean middleweight.  He should not be confused with Joe Gans, the Old Master, who died in 1910.  He lost the Colored Middleweight Championship to Larry Estridge in a ten round unanimous decision. 


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