Thursday, September 15, 2011
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Next week is the 84th anniversary of The Long Count, the infamous Heavyweight rematch between Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney, where in the 7th round Dempsey knocked Tunney to the canvas for 14 seconds, which caused many observers to believe Tunney was given more time to recover than any other referee would count to "8"
This audio documentary was made in 2002 for the 75th anniversary of the 1927 classic bout held at Chicago's Soldier Field. Joining me are Sports Historian Bert Sugar, Dempsey Biographer Roger Kahn, legendary screenwriter Budd Schulberg, Tunney Biographer Jack Cavanaugh, and Chicago Historians Studs Terkel,David Zivin,and Sean Curtain.
The documentary examines the events leading up to both Dempsey Tunney bouts. How involved were the Chicago and Philadelphia mobs in the planning and outcomes of the matches? Was referee Dave Barry on the take for the match? How did Tunney seem to have the more powerful Dempsey's number? Is Gene underated as a Heavyweight Champ?
You'll hear points of view that will last you many hours for bar conversations and debates.