The Fearless Harry Greb: Biography of a Tragic Hero of Boxing

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McFarland, Jan 12, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 260 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

Preface
1
From a Street Corner to a Ring Corner
5
The Early Road of Trials
16
Ickys Busy Year
32
In the Navy
45
First Year of Marriage and the 45
60
Jack Dempsey and the Heavyweights
74
A Time for Change
89
The Tunney Rematches
159
The Champion Playboy
171
The Bulldog Meets the Windmill
179
The Best of His Time
189
The Tragic Hero
200
The Myths Grow While the Legends Fades
216
Grebs Complete Fight Record
227
1923 Middleweight Championship Body Measurements
235

A City Celebrates
105
All Good Things
116
Achieving the Goal The Middleweight Championship
131
Defending the Title
144
Chapter Notes
237
Bibliography
247
Index
249
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About the author (2009)

Bill Paxton is a toy and game inventor in Chicago. He operates the Harry Greb Web site at www.harrygreb.com.

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