In the Ring with Bob Fitzsimmons

This meticulous and tremendously researched book uses multiple local primary sources from New Zealand, Australia, and America to chronicle Fitzsimmons' boxing career. 63 photos and illustrations.

Author: Adam J. Pollack

Publisher: Win by Ko Publications

ISBN: 9780979982200

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 463

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This meticulous and tremendously researched book uses multiple local primary sources from New Zealand, Australia, and America to chronicle Fitzsimmons' boxing career. 63 photos and illustrations.


Tefertiller, Wyatt Earp, 66, 268; and “Fitzsimmons Was Robbed,” San Francisco Call, December 3, 1896, 1. Descriptions of the fight compiled from several different sources can be found in Pollack, In the Ring with Bob Fitzsimmons, ...

Author: Meg Frisbee

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 0295806443

Category: History

Page: 256

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Boxing was popular in the American West long before Las Vegas became its epicenter. However, not everyone in the region was a fan. Counterpunch examines how the sport’s meteoric rise in popularity in the West ran concurrently with a growing backlash among Progressive Era social reformers who saw boxing as barbaric. These tensions created a morality war that pitted state officials against city leaders, boxing promoters against social reformers, and fans against religious groups. Historian Meg Frisbee focuses on several legendary heavyweight prizefights of the period and the protests they inspired to explain why western geography, economy, and culture ultimately helped the sport’s supporters defeat its detractors. A fascinating look at early American boxing, Counterpunch showcases fighters such as “Gentleman” Jim Corbett, Bob Fitzsimmons, and Jack Johnson, the first African American heavyweight champ, and it provides an entertaining way to understand both the growth of the American West and the history of this popular—and controversial—sport.

Lanky Bob

The more unsavoury and distressing aspects of Fitz’s career are not avoided – the sudden death of his wife, marital upsets, the death of a sparring partner and his life in retirement plagued by financial problems, drink and violent ...

Author: K. R. Robinson

Publisher: Trafford on Demand Pub

ISBN: 9781425158477

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 495

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Extensively researched from contemporary sources on three continents ‘Lanky Bob’ is the first comprehensive biography of world’s heavyweight boxing champion Bob Fitzsimmons for thirty years. A truly international sportsman, Fitz lived in England, New Zealand and Australia before settling in the USA at the age of twenty-seven. World champion at three weights, Bob attracted a legion of supporters including Theodore Roosevelt, Jack London and Lord Lonsdale and, in the shady and hard-bitten world of boxing, his share of enemies, particularly his former managers, lawyers and disgruntled opponents. Usually portrayed as a none-too-bright slugger, Fitz was a leading fistic innovator in the transitional period between bareknuckle and glove fighting. A period when boxing was illegal in most American States and when in some to square up to an opponent was to risk being shot by the local sheriff or US marshal. After experiencing bareknuckle fighting as a young teenager Bob became a whole-hearted adherent of the Queensberry code. Boxing giants such as Jem Mace, Larry Foley and Peter Jackson influenced his progress to championship level. An amiable practical joker Fitz enjoyed close relationships with his trainers and sparring partners, but in the ring was vicious and hard-punching fighter - particularly when hurt. The more unsavoury and distressing aspects of Fitz’s career are not avoided – the sudden death of his wife, marital upsets, the death of a sparring partner and his life in retirement plagued by financial problems, drink and violent behaviour. ‘Lanky Bob’ is the true story of a great champion.

Hitters Dancers and Ring Magicians

See Bob Fitzsimmons, chapter 22. 25. The Fighting Blacksmith, page 84. 26. This meeting was attended by a Captain Glori, a former police officer who had been Fitzsimmons's friend and negotiator before Julian arrived on the scene, ...

Author: Kelly Richard Nicholson

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786459913

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 226

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This volume offers detailed information about the boxers who were active during boxing’s “Golden Age,” 1890 to 1910, focusing primarily on George “Kid” Lavigne, Bob Fitzsimmons, Barbados Joe Walcott, Joe Gans, Terry McGovern, Sam Langford, and Stanley Ketchel, and their opponents, who were also key figures.

The Rough Riders

... of years in the ring . Bob Fitzsimmons was another good friend of mine . ... Robert Fitzsimmons . ” I have for a long time had the friendship of John L. Sullivan , than whom in his prime no better man ever stepped into the ring .

Author: Theodore Roosevelt

Publisher: Library of America

ISBN: 9781931082655

Category: History

Page: 946

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Theodore Roosevelt recalls his experiences during the Spanish-American War as well as his ventures as a cattleman, state legislator, police commissioner, governor, and president.

The Boxing Kings

When American Heavyweights Ruled the Ring Paul Beston. Corbett spent his title reign more devoted to theatrical pursuits than to fighting. But on March 17, 1897, when he defended his title against Englishman Bob Fitzsimmons in Carson ...

Author: Paul Beston

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442272902

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 374

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For much of the twentieth century, boxing was one of America’s most popular sports, and the heavyweight champions were figures known to all. Their exploits were reported regularly in the newspapers—often outside the sports pages—and their fame and wealth dwarfed those of other athletes. Long after their heyday, these icons continue to be synonymous with the “sweet science.” In The Boxing Kings: When American Heavyweights Ruled the Ring, Paul Beston profiles these larger-than-life men who held a central place in American culture. Among the figures covered are John L. Sullivan, who made the heavyweight championship a commercial property; Jack Johnson, who became the first black man to claim the title; Jack Dempsey, a sporting symbol of the Roaring Twenties; Joe Louis, whose contributions to racial tolerance and social progress transcended even his greatness in the ring; Rocky Marciano, who became an embodiment of the American Dream; Muhammad Ali, who took on the U.S. government and revolutionized professional sports with his showmanship; and Mike Tyson, a hard-punching dynamo who typified the modern celebrity. This gallery of flawed but sympathetic men also includes comics, dandies, bookworms, divas, ex-cons, workingmen, and even a tough-guy-turned-preacher. As the heavyweight title passed from one claimant to another, their stories opened a window into the larger history of the United States. Boxing fans, sports historians, and those interested in U.S. race relations as it intersects with sports will find this book a fascinating exploration into how engrained boxing once was in America’s social and cultural fabric.

Nonpareil Jack Dempsey

6 in the same vein, the National Police Gazette stated that “Jack Dempsey was second only to sullivan as one of the most popular pugilistic idols of this or any other time in the history of the ring. bob Fitzsimmons often spoke of him ...

Author: Joseph S. Page

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476636699

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 391

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Hall of Fame middleweight prizefighter John Edward Kelly, better known as Nonpareil Jack Dempsey, was one of the most popular athletes in the United States during the late 19th century. To many observers, Dempsey is one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters in ring history. Inside the ropes, he was fearless, poised, quick, agile, and had terrific punching power with both hands. His story is rich--full of amazing highs and terrible lows. He was a poor immigrant Irish boy who scaled great heights to become one of this nation's first sports celebrities. He became a household name, wealthy and popular. But much too soon, it all came crashing down. His violent profession, alcoholism, mental illness, and tuberculosis left little to recognize of the valiant hero of so many battles.

Ruby Robert Alias Bob Fitzsimmons

“ How is he in the ring ? ” Bob shook his head . “ I don't know . ' E's never been in the ring . I don't even know if ' e can take a punch . There's a difference between boxing and actual fighting . I don't think I'm a good boxer ...

Author: Robert Hobart Davis



Category: Boxers (Sports)

Page: 154

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Beyond the Ring

82 The order of December 30 , 1913 , read : " The State Athletic Commission after discussing the question of Bob Fitzsimmons appearing , in its various angles , have [ sic ] decided unanimously it is for the best interests of the boxing ...

Author: Jeffrey T. Sammons

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252061455

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 376

View: 916

Documents the ruin waiting for almost all those ill-advised enough to become professional boxers. The author confirms the legends, of crime, of swindling, of the miserable economic rewards allotted to the vast majority of fighters, and the traditional racism of the American ring.

Bernard M Baruch

Furthermore , he was encouraged in his boxing by one of the greatest fighters , Bob Fitzsimmons , who had happened to be watching on the day he stepped into the ring with a big redheaded policeman .

Author: James L. Grant

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780471170754

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 398

View: 106

This biography of Bernard Baruch considered to be renowned as the definitive story about the notorious financial wizard and presidential advisor. Baruch's political policies are discussed briefly, and James Grant includes a detailed account of Baruch's trading and investment gains and losses.