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    Cinderella Man by Mike DeLisa

    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?
    Clay Moyle

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    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

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    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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