Blocking and Hitting, by George "Elbows" McFadden, the Greatest Defensive Boxer in the ...

Blocking and Hitting, by George "Elbows" McFadden, the Greatest Defensive Boxer in the World [Fox's Athletic Library, No. 26]

McFadden, George "Elbows"

Published by Richard K. Fox Publishing Company, 1912
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24mo. 59, [21]pp. Original photo-illustrated wrappers. Frontispiece portrait of publisher Richard K. Fox. When originally published in 1905, this remarkable booklet was a milestone in the art of boxing in the early 20th century. This work is complete with its 24 b/w photographic plates illustrating 24 techniques used by American lightweight boxer George "Elbows" McFadden. Covers rubbed, creased, with minor and sporadic chipping along edges. Light damp-staining along upper margin of pages (not affecting text). Covers in overall poor to fair, interior in good condition. About the author: George "Elbows" McFadden (1873-1951) was a lightweight boxer, active between 1894 and 1908. Though never a champion himself, during his career he met three of the division's greatest fighters, Joe Gans, Frank Erne, and George "Kid" Lavigne, who were all world champions at some point in their careers. McFadden's favourite trick was to start a roundhouse with either hand towards the jaw, ostensibly missing as his glove swished harmlessly past his opponent's chin. His elbow, however, did not miss. It would crack flush onto the mouth with a squishing of lips and a smashing of teeth. This set up the poor innocent for a follow up punch with the other glove - and this was the punch that often ended the fight. The use of these somewhat nefarious strategies is to take nothing away from McFadden the boxer, however. With or without his elbows, McFadden was one of the truly great fighters of his era, an era which spawned many of the great fistic giants in gloved boxing. Of his 97 recorded bouts, McFadden won 45, lost 12, and drew 21, with 25 of his victories coming by way of knockout. McFadden also engaged in at least fifty other contests that were not recorded. After he retired in 1908, McFadden opened a gymnasium in Manhattan, where he catered to financial lights such as the Morgans, Goulds, Whitneys and others. It is estimated that during the course of a single day, the ownership of half of New York passed through the posh portals of Elbows' gym. An entrepreneur, as late as 1938, at age 66, McFadden was selling a course on "How to Increase Your Height" at his gymnasium. After World War II, he started to slow down. His once-alert mind became more and more unclear, and he relived more and more often his great fights of the past. He spent his last years unknown and ignored, living in another and better time, at the Creedmoor hospital for the insane. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Blocking and Hitting, by George "Elbows" ...
Publisher: Richard K. Fox Publishing Company
Publication Date: 1912
Binding: Softcover
Book Condition: fair to g
Edition: Later printing.

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