When Boxing Was a Jewish Sport

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SUNY Press, Feb 4, 2011 - History - 207 pages
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Boxing was an integral part of American culture during the first half of the twentieth century, second only to baseball in popularity. It was also a heavily Jewish sport—from 1910 to 1940, there were twenty-six Jewish world-champions, and during the 1920s and 1930s, almost one-third of all boxers were Jewish. Drawing on numerous interviews and first-person accounts of the boxers themselves, Allen Bodner offers a vivid portrayal of the important role of Jews in American boxing history, and vice versa. When Boxing Was a Jewish Sport is a must-read for fans of the sweet science, as well as anyone interested in the Jewish American and immigrant experience more generally.
  

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The incredible statistic alone, that there were 26 Jewish world champions between the 1920s and 1930s, prompted me to find and read this book. The author addresses the interesting questions; why were ... Read full review

Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 A Brief History
7
3 The Allure
13
4 Es Haypt Zuch Nisht Un It Doesnt Exist
17
5 In the Beginning
21
6 Benny Barney and the Fans
55
7 AntiSemitism
69
Photo Essay
74
11 The Wise Guys
129
12 A Dangerous Sport
137
13 After the Ring
149
14 The Rise and Fall of Jewish Boxing
167
15 Ring 8 Again
171
Appendixes
173
Notes
191
Bibliography
195

8 The War
75
9 The Main Event
81
10 The Money
121

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About the author (2011)

Allen Bodner is an attorney whose interest in boxing stems from his father, who was an amateur boxer in the 1920s and a professional manager in the 1930s and 1940s.

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