06-14-2005, 08:27 AM
Just finished reading Mike DeLisa's new book 'Cinderella Man' last night. I thought the book was very well done and an entertaining read. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to read a great book about Jim Braddock. Nice job Mike! Who's your next topic?
07-12-2005, 04:23 AM
I purchased and read the CINDERELLA MAN,
by Mike DeLisa. It is a great book for boxing
history buffs in my opinion.
In regards to Frankie Campbell, one should
know that he went through a tough stretch
in 1928 and was considered washed up by
some people at the time in San Francisco
at the time. Later inn 1928, he started to
make acomeback with the great majority of
his bouts taking place in the Los Angeles area.
But some people in San Francisco thought
that Campbell was being built up by matching
him with "set-ups" in the southern part of
But Campbell's successful Los Angeles stint
led some people to think that a fight with
Max Baer, another fighter from the Bay
Area, a "natural." But it is obvious that
Baer was too big and strong for Campbell.
However, the Baer-Campbell bout drew
a big crowd and a terrific gate at the
local pro baseball facility, Recreation
Campbell had a brother, Dolph Camilli,
who had a terrific career as a first baseman
in major league baseball. Yes, Camilli had a
lifetime average well under .300, but he hit
with alot of power and got on base alot partly
due to his ability to draw walks.
In regards to Jim Braddock's tough stretch
before he became a heavyweight contender
and then the World Heavyweight Champion,
one has to remember how tough things were
in professional boxing during the GREAT
DEPRESSION. Gates and purses in the sport
were much, much lower in the 1930s than
during the flush times of the 1920s. In order
to draw fans to boxing arenas in the 1930s,
prices of tickets were slashed drastically.
It is amazing that Jim Braddock was able to
make a tremendous comeback, let alone become
a World Heavyweight Champion. But Braddock
lost so many of his bout by close decisions in
addition to having problems with hand injuries.
In other words, Braddock was much more
competitive than given credit for during his
worst days as a fighter.
Another problem Braddock had was that he
had to go on the road without his manager or take
fight while he had injuries, including an eye cut,
when things got very tough during the 1930s.
- Chuck Johnston
07-13-2005, 06:32 PM
Thanks for the kind words Chuck!
It was a labor of love for me -- and I got to
immerse myself in boxing for a time!
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