The Gentleman Boxer: The Story of a Fighter in the Roaring Twenties
And the winner is...JOE GRIMM! He scored 24 KOs in a row and was never knocked out. He was a winner in the ring, and a winner in life. This is the story of a bantam boxer, his chaperoning older brother, and the time in which they lived. It is the 1920s, and there are boxing clubs in nearly every city in America. Joe Grimm weighs 118 pounds and is flat-footedbut he has a punch and a KO record that draw leading managers to add Joe to their stables. He trains in the same gym as Jim Braddock, the future Cinderella Man. Joes awesome winning streak is interrupted when he and his brother are called home. He leaves the arenas with their cheering crowds and works as a butcher in his grocery shop bought with ring money for his family. Now the character traits that made him a boxing wonder make him a success in business. The Gentleman Boxer captures the excitement and hope of an era when anything was possible and anyone could become a heroor a champion. It is a tribute to the thousands of forgotten bantam prizefighters in the Golden Age of Boxing.
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Great Story! My paternal great uncle was on the same boat with him, the SS Argentina on that same day!!!
I enjoyed this book very much...as a current resident of Pittsfield and also a person who knew both main charcters, Joe and his brother Mike, I can attest that this was a wonderful story and well worth reading. The struggles that immigrants faced are very inspiring along with the love of family and priority for those things in life that really mattered beyond sports.
CHAPTER 17 PUZZLING EVENTS
CHAPTER 18 TOUGH DEMANDS
CHAPTER 19 THE FIGHTS GO ON
CHAPTER 20 THE LAST STRAW
CHAPTER 21 A DIFFERENT REALITY
CHAPTER 22 ANOTHER BEGINNING
CHAPTER 23 TACKLING THE BOXING BUSINESS
CHAPTER 24 NO GUARANTEES IN THE RING
CHAPTER 10 WHEN BOXING WAS KING
CHAPTER 11 OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS
CHAPTER 12 FAREWELL FALL RIVERHELLO BAYONNE
CHAPTER 13 AMONG THE BEST
CHAPTER 14 A TASTE OF THE GOOD LIFE
CHAPTER 15 THE MAKING OF A CHAMPION
CHAPTER 16 KEEP ON WINNING