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21 OCTOBER 2018


History of the Golden Gloves

The name "Golden Gloves" was born in 1923 when a Chicago sports editor, Arch Ward, originated an amateur boxing tournament designed to help youth and promote amateur competition. The tournament's sole material award was a tiny golden glove, symbol of an amateur championship, which went to the winner of each weight division, thus, the name "Golden Gloves".

The first Golden Gloves Tournament was held in 1923 in the Chicago Stadium under the sponsorship of the Chicago Tribune. The tournament was tremendously popular and the idea of a big amateur boxing show was launched successfully. A second Golden Gloves tournament was not held until 1928, however, because of legal technicalities. Boxing was legalized in Illinois that year. Then, the tournament was revived, with the Chicago Tribune and the New York Daily News beginning the first of yearly amateur shows. In the early days tournaments were for local boys only but soon requests poured in from boys in other cities who wanted to compete. Newspapers in other cities were asked to cooperate in promotion of tournaments in their areas and to bring their champions to Chicago and New York to box other winners in super tournaments. Previously? the New York Daily News held a tournament of champions for Eastern Seaboard cities and Chicago, under the Tribune's direction for other sections of the country. Champions of each tournament met annually, alternately in Chicago and New York, to determine national Golden Gloves championships.

Under the present organization only one Tournament of Champions is held. A new tournament site is selected annually. The Golden Gloves program for the United States is organized on a territorial basis to give all sections of the country representation. All tournaments are planned, promoted and directed by the Golden Gloves Charities and within the limits of the amateur code, and in keeping with Golden Gloves' high purposes and ideals. All profits go towards further development of amateur boxing which encourages a positive lifestyle for today's youth.

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