Boxing

One of the half-dozen most famous Americans of the twentieth century steps into full daylight

The author of America’s best-loved baseball book speaks of his days as a reporter, of his time (unique among sportswriters) owning a team, and of his latest subject, Jack Dempsey, whose violent career he uses to illuminate an era

Some people think that the history of boxing as a glamorous business, as promotion rather than as sport, begins with Muhammad Ali and Don King. Before Ali, they say, boxing was I just a bunch of palookas punching each other. Read more >>

How I Beat Jess Willard

Taking on all comers, he had always dropped his man—but his supreme moment came in bare-knuckle boxing’s last great fight

On Highway 11 on the outskirts of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, a roadside historical plaque bears this inscription: Read more >>