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The Fearless Harry Greb by Bill Paxton

Title The Fearless Harry Greb
Author Bill Paxton
Publisher McFarland
Release 2013-06-07
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 260
ISBN 1476613834
Language English, Spanish, and French
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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.

Title Live Fast Die Young the Life and Times of Harry Greb
Author Stephen Compton
Publisher
Release 2013-07
Category Boxers (Sports)
Total Pages 716
ISBN 9780615805757
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Live Fast, Die Young tells the story of Harry Greb, the Pittsburgh Windmill, one of the most feared boxers in history. Greb terrified champions and contenders across three weight divisions for nearly a decade. Greb would become famous for fighting anyone regardless of size or race. Prior to his untimely death he harbored a long standing ambition to challenge for legendary heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey's title despite rarely weighing over 165 pounds. Along the way he won the world middleweight championship, American light heavyweight championship, and became the only man to defeat Dempsey's eventual conqueror Gene Tunney. Greb would become one of those outrageous characters that made the Roaring Twenties roar. It is a story that could only be found in the history pages of early 20th century America. He was born the son of an immigrant father who fled Germany one step ahead of the law and a first generation mother in Pittsburgh at a time when the city was helping to usher in the Second Industrial Revolution. The rugged, hard-working men who surrounded Greb during his formative years influenced a toughness and work ethic that carried him to the highest levels of one of the most unforgiving sports. As Harry gained fame and fortune he witnessed the world devolved into chaos as World War I broke out, the passing of Prohibition, the birth of the Jazz Age, and the Golden Age of Sports. Throughout these historic events Harry often found himself right in the middle of things and happy to be there. The author tells the story of one of the most colorful periods in history and one that period's most colorful and unforgettable characters in Live Fast, Die Young: The Life and Times of Harry Greb.

Toy Bulldog by John Jarrett

Title Toy Bulldog
Author John Jarrett
Publisher McFarland
Release 2013-02-19
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 248
ISBN 0786470402
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"This is a biography of Mickey Walker, former welterweight (1922-1926) and middleweight champion (1926-1931) of the world, one of the greatest fighters. When his boxing career ended in 1935, Walker ran saloons in various locations, was often his own bestcustomer, finally quit drinking and became an artist of some standing. Walker died in 1981"--Provided by publisher.

Title Combat Sports An Encyclopedia of Wrestling Fighting and Mixed Martial Arts
Author David L. Hudson Jr.
Publisher ABC-CLIO
Release 2009-05-13
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 379
ISBN 0313343845
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Fistic combat represents the greatest human drama in all of sport. Roman gladiators thrilled citizens and emperors alike when they entered the octagon to face an intense, life-threatening experience. Boxing, the sport of kings, also has its roots in the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome. Banned in 500 A.D. by the Emperor Theodoric, it resurfaced twelve centuries later in England. John Milton praised it as a noble art for building character in young men, and sports writer A.J. Leibling dubbed it the Sweet Science. Many of its major protagonists - men such as Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali - have become transcendent, near-mythic heroes. But boxing is not the only combat sport, and mixed martial arts, in all their ferocious beauty, represent the fastest growing sports genre in the world. Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) has joined boxing in paying seven figures to some of its champions, and draws millions in its pay-per-view events. This book details leading figures in boxing, sumo wrestling, kickboxing, Greco-Roman wrestling, and mixed martial arts (including organizations such as Ultimate Fighting, PRIDE, K-1, Total Combat, and SportFighting). Over 150 entries cover champions, contenders, and other famous combatants from all over the world, as well as legendary promoters, managers, trainers, and events. Also included in this encyclopedia are sidebars on controversies, highlights, brief bios, and other noteworthy events, along with a general timeline. .

Leo Houck by Randy L. Swope

Title Leo Houck
Author Randy L. Swope
Publisher McFarland
Release 2019-01-16
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 198
ISBN 1476634637
Language English, Spanish, and French
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While many of his peers began their careers as farmers and factory workers, Leo Florian Houck became a boxing sensation at age 14, enabling him to support his mother and six siblings after his father's death. Houck's career really took off in 1911 with a 20-round victory over world-class welterweight Harry Lewis in Paris. During 1913 Leo became the leading middleweight contender in America. This biography details Houck's early years in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, his long career in the ring--including 200 fights--and his 27 years as Penn State's legendary boxing coach.

Their Greatest Victory by David L. Porter

Title Their Greatest Victory
Author David L. Porter
Publisher McFarland
Release 2013-08-05
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 304
ISBN 0786473053
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The book tells the dramatic stories of 24 remarkable athletes who overcame seemingly insurmountable medical adversities to attain athletic success. A separate chapter is devoted to each, relating how that athlete developed the problem, what medical issues arose, how success was achieved despite the setback, and what personal qualities enabled the athlete to prevail.

Title Pittsburgh s Greatest Athletes
Author David Finoli
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release 2019-06-24
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 224
ISBN 1439667225
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Greatness in sport is both undefinable and immediately recognizable. Though it is rare, Western Pennsylvania has been graced with a long history of athletes who embody the essence of greatness. They have proudly represented the region in sports such as boxing, golf and track; carried their collegiate teams to victory; and worn the black and gold of the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins. Pittsburghers still recall how Mario Lemieux glided effortlessly through an opposing defense before befuddling the goalie or Arnie Palmer's unique swing that made the everyday duffer feel like he was one of them. Fans debate whether Bradshaw or Roethlisberger is the better quarterback and what the legacy of Barry Bonds is, while keeping Roberto Clemente among their most cherished icons. Author David Finoli covers the greatest fifty men and women athletes in Pittsburgh history.

Tex Rickard by Colleen Aycock

Title Tex Rickard
Author Colleen Aycock
Publisher McFarland
Release 2014-01-10
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 235
ISBN 0786490179
Language English, Spanish, and French
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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.

Jersey Joe Walcott by James Curl

Title Jersey Joe Walcott
Author James Curl
Publisher McFarland
Release 2012-04-04
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 239
ISBN 078646822X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"This biography details Jersey Joe Walcott's youth, his dismal early career, and his legendary climb to become the heavyweight champion of the world at age 37, at the time making him the oldest man to ever win the coveted title. This work provides an intimate look at one of the grittiest, most determined boxers of the 20th century"--

Title A Tiger Rose Out of Georgia Tiger Flowers Champion of the World
Author Bob Mee
Publisher Fonthill Media
Release 2014-03-27
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 232
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Theodore 'Tiger' Flowers rose above the racist bigotry of the Deep South to become the first African-American middleweight champion of the world. To do it, this Christian family man beat a boxing legend, Harry Greb, in the first of the great sporting cathedrals, Madison Square Garden. It was a victory that stunned the sporting world and made him a household name. Yet within a year he had lost his championship on a decision some said was influenced by Al Capone - and within another year was dead, following a seemingly innocuous operation, in the clinic of a controversial surgeon, to remove lumps and scars above his eyes. Was his death, at the age of 34, an accident, a result of negligence, or something more sinister? And what was behind his white manager's attempt to throw Tiger's widow into an asylum and their daughter into an orphanage? Flowers' inspiring, harrowing story, set against an horrific backdrop of lynchings and routine prejudice, is largely forgotten now but he paved the way for black sporting heroes like Joe Louis, Jesse Owens and Jackie Robinson.

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