Literary diversions

On the Fourth of July, 1910, in Reno, Jack Johnson defeated James J.
Jeffries to become the first African American heavyweight champion of
the world. In 1931, at the age of 53, he was working out every day and
spending his evenings at the Maxime,  Central Avenue at 41st Street.

Rex Beach wrote of Johnson’s victory: "He who had never been knocked down, was knocked down repeatedly. He who had never been knocked out, was knocked out."

Here’s Johnson’s version of the fight:

Page 1

1931_0705_johnsona

Page 2
1931_0705_johnsonb

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
This entry was posted in Sports and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to Literary diversions

  1. Joe D says:

    How did old Jack Johnson wind up? Was the Maxime profitable? Did he wind up broke like so many other fighters? Did he die in LA? He’s a great historic figure like an early version of Jackie Robinson.
    –Jack Johnson died June 10, 1946, of injuries suffered in a car accident in Franklinton, N.C., after an extremely eventful life.
    –Larry

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.