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25 APRIL 2014

 



John L. Sullivan Revisited: Part 1

John L. Sullivan Revisited: Part 1

By Thomas Hauser

Next month will mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of John L. Sullivan.

In recent decades, Sullivan has faded from memory. To many, he’s now more myth than reality, a sporting Paul Bunyan. In a way, that’s fitting because, in his era, Sullivan was a near-mythic figure as large as Babe Ruth, Joe Louis, and Muhammad Ali were in their prime. He was America’s first mass-culture hero and the most idolized athlete who had lived up until his time. John L. Sullivan Revisited: Part 1
John L. Sullivan Revisited: Part 2

John L. Sullivan Revisited: Part 2

By Thomas Hauser

Throughout American history prior to John L. Sullivan’s ascent, most recreational activity had a practical side. Horse racing was the nation’s most popular spectator sport, but hunting and fishing were far more prevalent. John L. Sullivan Revisited: Part 2
John L. Sullivan Revisited: Part 3

John L. Sullivan Revisited: Part 3

By Thomas Hauser

The Marquis of Queensberry Rules that John L. Sullivan proselytized for throughout his career didn’t make boxing less violent. Gloves were worn to protect fists, not an opponent’s brain. And under the new rules, a fighter could no longer gain thirty seconds of relief by falling to the ground. John L. Sullivan Revisited: Part 3
 




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