Chicago Historic Sporting Events

“The Long Count” - Heavyweight Boxing’s Longest-Running Controversy

Searching through my late father’s gray metal file box, I noticed a faded brown envelope squeezed-in with a bunch of old documents and photos.   At the top of the envelope in my dad’s writing were the notations, “Dempsey - Tunney.”  I pulled-it-out, lifted the flap, and looked inside.

What I saw appeared to be a piece of old white fabric about three inches wide and folded into a rectangle.  Just a few minutes earlier, I had found a similar and equally rare keepsake in that same file box.  I immediately surmised what it was - an “armband.”  (See blog post for January 30, 2009: “Showdown at Soldier Field - The "Rock" versus the "Head Man.”) 

I carefully took-it-out of the envelope and as I touched it, I realized it was probably made using some type of silkscreen process.  As I unfolded it, the black-ink words on the stained and wrinkled white background quickly became apparent: OFFICIAL COURIER - TUNNEY-DEMPSEY BOXING EXHIBITION - SOLDIER FIELD - CHICAGO - SEPT. 22, 1927.

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Showdown at Soldier Field - The "Rock" versus the "Head Man"

Squeezed-in with a bunch of old documents and photos, I noticed a faded brown envelope in my late father’s gray metal file box.  At the top of the envelope, in my dad’s printing, were the notations, “N.D. - S. CAL.”  I pulled-it-out, opened it, and looked inside.
 
The first thing I saw appeared to be an "Irish" green banner folded into a rectangle.  It looked old, and the words on it were not immediately apparent.  I carefully took-it-out of the envelope and as I touched it, I realized it was probably made using some type of silkscreen process. 

As I unfolded it, the black-ink words on the green background quickly became apparent:  OFFICIAL COURIER - NOTRE DAME vs SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - SOLDIER FIELD, CHICAGO - NOV. 26, 1927.  

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