I Fought Them All - biography of boxing legend Sailor Tom Sharkey FREE POST

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Seller: youknowmac (572) 100%, Location: Cardiff, Ships to: GB & many other countries, Item: 143379016915 AWARDWINNING HARDBACK BOOK - SIGNED BY THE AUTHORSBRAND NEW “Hugely entertaining and exquisitely researched, I Fought Them All shines a penetrating and long-overdue spotlight on one of the most fascinating figures in boxing history. Revelations about Sharkey’s private life are eye-popping, and the book is especially thorough in covering the Earp controversy. ‘Sailor’ Tom himself would growl his approval, and his massive chest would swell even larger. It’s a great contribution to ring history.” Pete Ehrmann, boxing writer, contributor to The Ring “I Fought Them All is an excellent read. It’s well-researched and is good news for boxing fans everywhere. ‘Sailor’ Tom Sharkey was an aggressive, relentless and powerful heavyweight who ranks among the greatest who ever entered the ring. He was an earlier version of the splendid fighter, Rocky Marciano. Tom had the misfortune of fighting when boxing legends Jim Jeffries and Bob Fitzsimmons were at their best. Had he fought at any other time in history, he very likely would have been heavyweight champion of the world.” Tracy Callis, boxing historian THE colourful life of one of Ireland’s forgotten sporting heroes is revealed in a new biography. “Sailor” Tom Sharkey fought the first four heavyweight champions under the Marquis of Queensberry rules – to become a boxing legend and a very rich man. But the amazing full story of his early life in Dundalk, his career in the US Navy and his controversial and bloody ring career has never been told. ‘I Fought Them All’ (Magic Rat Books) is the result of more than three years research, using records from Ireland and across the United States. It features an array of characters including Wild West gunmen Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson, and boxing legends such as John L Sullivan, Gentleman Jim Corbett and Bob Fitzsimmons. At its heart is the astonishing 50-year rivalry and friendship Sharkey enjoyed with Jim Jeffries. Their 25-round world title fight at Coney Island was one of the most compelling encounters ever seen inside a ring. It sparked a friendship which would last until the two men died a few weeks apart in 1953. The book also paints a portrait of Ireland in the second half of the 19th Century and describes Sharkey’s triumphant return to Ireland in 1897 when the town turned out to greet him. Sharkey was born in Hill Street in 1873. His parents were James Sharkey, a signalman for the Great Northern Railway Company, and Margaret Kelly. Dundalk was a busy port, with coal boats plying their trade between Ireland and Scotland. Sharkey spent his childhood on the quayside and, when barely into his teens, decided to try his luck at sea. It was a life of shipwrecks, far-off shores and bar-room brawls. He eventually docked in New York and in 1892 he signed on for the United States Navy. (He was to live in the United States for the rest of his life.) He had already become handy with his fists, brawling in the dockyards for cash. During his professional career he was to take part in two of the most controversial fights in boxing history. A bout with heavyweight title claimant Bob Fitzsimmons ended in controversy with Sharkey floored – but declared a winner on a foul. Centre stage was the referee, Wild West legend Wyatt Earp, and some suspected Earp had been paid to give Sharkey the fight. Despite the victory, Sharkey was not recognised as champ. It hurt him but he knew what he had to do: take on every other contender in the field. Eventually, he fought himself into a position where he got a crack at the new world champion Jim Jeffries, one of the greatest fighters who ever lived. The world title fight in 1899 was one of the first to be filmed. But, despite his failure to win the world title, Sharkey became a very modern celebrity, mixing with the politicians running New York and buying himself a string of racehorses. The horses were to contribute to his next battle. He had a $500,000 fortune when he stepped out of the ring - about $10m by today’s standards - but within a little over a decade it was all gone. Having lost one wife and divorced another, and been forced to sell his New York bar, Sharkey was down on his luck. It was then that an old adversary stepped in. Jim Jeffries gave Sharkey a job in California and in the 1920s a promoter got them out on the circuit, doing exhibition bouts across America in carnivals and fairs. The pair was simply meant to trade blows and put on a show, but they went at each other like tigers. They both still had points to prove. On Jeffries’ death Sharkey – then in hospital and gravely ill himself – was heard to say, “Well, I finally beat him.” The boxing fan’s bible The Ring and the New York Times have both called Sharkey a “ring immortal”. His 1899 encounter with Jeffries is consistently listed as one of the greatest nights of boxing of all time. INDEX OF PEOPLE AND PLACES George Allen; Armory Hall, Vallejo; Bob Armstrong; Asbury Park, New Jersey; Australia; Australia (steam ship); Henry “Slaughterhouse” Baker; Baltimore, Maryland; Bangor; Jim Barrington; Harry Beecher; Belfast; George Bellows; James Braddock; Bill Brady; Broadway; Broadway Athletic Club; Brooklyn; Brooklyn Navy Yard; Alex Brown (referee); Charles “Sailor” Brown; Nick Burley; Tommy Burns; Chuck Burroughs; Bush Street Theatre, San Francisco; Cape Horn; Frank Carr; Patrick Joseph Carroll (Joseph James Sharkey); Carson City; M Casey; Jack Cattanach; John J Cavanagh; Chicago; Frank “The Crafty Texan” Childs; Joe Choynski; Claremont Villa; John S Clark; Cleveland, Ohio; Lord Talbot Clifton; Cohen’s Hotel; Colorado Athletic Association; Jimmy Colville; Coney Island; Buck Connolly; Eddie Connolly; “Stockings” Conroy; George Considine; James Corbett; Marguerite Corneille; Joe Craig; Dan Creedon; Cripple Creek; Frank Cullen (referee); Dan Daniel; Parson Davies; Billy Delaney; Jack “Manassa Mauler” Dempsey; Jack “Nonpareil” Dempsey; Denver; Derry; Detroit; Chief of Police Devery; George Dixon; Dublin; Dundalk; Dundalk Museum; Ed Dunkhorst; Jim Dunn; Wyatt Earp; Johnny Eckhardt; King Edward VII; “Mexican” Pete Everett; Jack Finnegan; Sam Fitzpatrick; Bob Fitzsimmons; Rose Fitzsimmons; Nat Fleischer; Ted Foley; Fort Dearborn Athletic Club, Chicago; Richard K Fox; Joe Gans; Jack Gardner; Jim Gibbs; Joe Goddard; James Gosling; Grand Central Palace, New York; Ed Graney; George Gray; Greater New York Athletic Club; Great Northern Railway, Ireland; George Green; Alec Greggains; Jim Groom; Jim Guilder; Moses Gunst; Jem Hall; Jim Hall; Fred Hallen; Billy Harrison; Hartford, Connecticut; Hugh S Hart; Marvin Hart; Charley Harvey; Jim Harvey; John C Heenan; Al Herford; Paul Herman; Jake Holtman; Honolulu; Horton Law; Hotel Bartholdi, New York; Hotel Warwick, Broadway; Ice Palace, Manhattan; Industrial Hall, Philadelphia; Peter Jackson; Tom James; Jim Jeffords; Jim Jeffries; Tom Jenkins; Louis Jester; Jimmy Wakeley’s Saloon, New York ; Jack Johnson; Billy Jordan; Martin Julian; “Honest” John Kelly; Margaret Kelly (Tom Sharkey’s mother); “Spider” Kelly; Yank Kenny; Jake Kilrain; Alva King; Knickerbocker Athletic Club, San Francisco; Jack Langley; Tom Lansing; George “Kid” Lavigne; Vic Lazay; Lenox Club (Manhattan); Warren Lewis; Lexington Avenue, Manhattan; London; London Prize Rules; Joe Louis; Louisville, Kentucky; Pete Lowry; Lucky Baldwin’s Hotel, San Francisco; Danny Lynch; Tom Lynch; Jem “Gypsy” Mace; Billy Madden; Madison Avenue; Madison Square Garden; Peter Maher; Manhattan; Florence Manzoni; Rocky Marciano; Jack Marks; Marquis of Queensberry Rules; Martin Hotel, Broadway ; Bat Masterson; Jack McAuley; Dan “White Hat” McCarty ; Sammy McConnell; Frank McCormick; Jim McCormick; PatMcCourt; Kid McCoy; George McFadden; Terry McGovern; Tim McGrath; Katherine McIntosh; John Y McKane; Tom McKittorick; Victor McLaglen; Con McVey; Mechanic’s Pavilion, San Francisco; Colonel Harvey L “Heinie” Miller; Jerry Miller; John “The Terrible Swede” Miller; Charley Mitchell; Jack Monroe; Martin Mulverhill; Carrie Nation; National Athletic Club, San Francisco; National Sporting Club, London; Fred Nealon; Danny Needham; Nevada; New Orleans; Newry; New York City; Dick O’Brien; “Philadelphia” Jack O’Brien; Steve O’Donnell; Olympic (ship); Reddy O’Neill; Tom O’Rourke; Palace Athletic Club, New York; Leo Pardello; George T Pardy; Tom Parks; TV Parks; People’s Palace, San Francisco; Philadelphia; Philadelphia American League Club; J Pickett; Bill Poole; “Scaldy” Bill Quinn; John Quinn; Raines Hotel Law (New York); Barney Reich; Billy Rocap; Billy Roche; Ernest Roeber; Jack Root; Gus Ruhlin; Fred Russell; Paddy Ryan; Tommy Ryan; Sagamore Hotel, Coney Island; Salt Lake City; San Francisco; Jim Scanlon; Pat Scully; Seaside Sporting Club; Elizabeth Sharkey (Tom’s sister); James Sharkey (Tom’s father); James Sharkey (Tom’s brother); John Sharkey (Tom’s brother); Mary Sharkey (Tom’s sister); Owen Sharkey (Tom’s brother); Patrick Sharkey (Tom’s brother); Richard Sharkey (Tom’s brother) ; Rose Sharkey (Tom’s sister); Sharkey’s Bar; Sheepshead Bay; George Siler; Sing, Sing; Frank Slavin; “Australian” Billy Smith; “Denver” Ed Smith; St Louis; Dan Stuart; Dave Sullivan; Jeremiah “Yank” Sullivan; John L Sullivan; Senator Tim Sullivan; William “Spike” Sullivan; Eddie Sweeney; Tammany Hall; Tanforan racetrack; Bill Tate; Tattersall’s, Chicago; Tenderloin; “Rough” Thompson; Jeff Thorne; Fred Tuttle; Jennie Tuttle; Mike Tyson; US Navy; USS Drum; USS Independence; USS Philadelphia; USS Saginaw; Vallejo ; Van Buren’s Hotel; DeWitt Van Court; Vanderbilt Hotel; Punch Vaughn; Vermont (ship); Joe Walcott; Jack Walsh; Warrenpoint; George Washington (boxer); West Baden Springs; Westchester; West Point; Charley White; Johnny White (referee); Tommy White; Police Captain Charles W Whitman; Jess Willard; Jim Williams (Salt Lake City); Woodward’s Pavilion, San Francisco; Yosemite Athletic Club, San Francisco Condition: New, Modified Item: Yes, Topic: 19th Century, Format: Hardback, Type: Biography, Subjects: Sports, Publication Year: 2010, Signed: Yes, Special Attributes: 1st Edition

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