"A champion is someone who gets up when he can't": First Edition of Dempsey: By the Man Himself; Signed by Jack Dempsey

  • Dempsey: By the Man Himself.

Dempsey: By the Man Himself.

Item Number: 56016

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1960.

First edition of “the best of the Dempsey books” (New York Times). Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by Jack Dempsey on the half-title page. Told by Dempsey to Bob Considine and Bill Slocum. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing.

Jack Dempsey nicknamed "Kid Blackie" and "The Manassa Mauler", was an American professional boxer who competed from 1914 to 1927, and reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926. A cultural icon of the 1920s, Dempsey's aggressive fighting style and exceptional punching power made him one of the most popular boxers in history. Many of his fights set financial and attendance records, including the first million-dollar gate. In 1950, a poll by the Associated Press named Dempsey the greatest fighter of the half-century." Dubbed the Manassa Mauler by Damon Runyan, outside of the ring Dempsey was also beloved as a "gentleman, in the literal sense of gentle man." This inside story of Dempsey's life inside and outside the ring "is the best of the Dempsey books" (New York Times).