Aug 13, 2020
Strong Boy: The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan, America's First Sports Hero
Posted by Christopher Klein

Now in paperback From the first page to the last, Klein s prose retains its powers of enchantment and illumination It is one of the best boxing books ever penned Boston Globe A muscular, relentlessly detailed book Wall Street Journal I can lick any son of a bitch in the world So boasted John L Sullivan, the first modern heavyweight boxing champion of theNow in paperback From the first page to the last, Klein s prose retains its powers of enchantment and illumination It is one of the best boxing books ever penned Boston Globe A muscular, relentlessly detailed book Wall Street Journal I can lick any son of a bitch in the world So boasted John L Sullivan, the first modern heavyweight boxing champion of the world, a man who was the gold standard of American sport for than a decade, and the first athlete to earn than a million dollars He had a big ego, big mouth, and bigger appetites His womanizing, drunken escapades, and chronic police blotter presence were godsends to a burgeoning newspaper industry The larger than life boxer embodied the American Dream for late nineteenth century immigrants as he rose from Boston s Irish working class to become the most recognizable man in the nation In the process, the Boston Strong Boy transformed boxing from outlawed bare knuckle fighting into the gloved spectacle we know today Strong Boy tells the story of America s first sports superstar, a self made man who personified the power and excesses of the Gilded Age Everywhere John L Sullivan went, his fists backed up his bravado Sullivan s epic brawls, such as his 75 round bout against Jake Kilrain, and his cross country barnstorming tour in which he literally challenged all of America to a fight are recounted in vivid detail, as are his battles outside the ring with a troubled marriage, wild weight and fitness fluctuations, and raging alcoholism Strong Boy gives readers ringside seats to the colorful tale of one of the country s first Irish American heroes and the birth of the American sports media and the country s celebrity obsession with athletes.

  • Title: Strong Boy: The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan, America's First Sports Hero
  • Author: Christopher Klein
  • ISBN: 9780762788385
  • Page: 208
  • Format: Paperback
  • Strong Boy The Life and Times of John L Sullivan America s First Sports Hero Now in paperback From the first page to the last Klein s prose retains its powers of enchantment and illumination It is one of the best boxing books ever penned Boston Globe A muscular relentlessly

    Dann LaGratta

    After seeing the Overly Manly Man meme pop up on FB a little while back, I decided to look into who he actually was The name that Google fed me was John L Sullivan JLS Comparing the pictures now, I believe that my Google Fu was weak, but it did provide me with the name of one of the MANLIEST SONS OF BITCHES WHO EVER LIVED him for yourself, if you think that I m a liar Now manley has been redefined over the years to mean something less than it used to It s become watered down, like coffee grounds [...]


    Vince Ciaramella

    This was one of the best books that I ve read in months I ve always had an interest in this era of boxing and especially John L Sullivan My great great grandfather was a featherweight fighter named Jack McCelland The Pride of Pittsburgh who fought around the same time as Sullivan though they never met in the ring and reading this book really brought to life a bygone era of crazy fight locations, London Prize Ring rules, handlebar mustached fighters, and just the strange laws and attitudes surrou [...]


    victor harris

    A biography that has some punch to it Entertaining, no holds barred account of Sullivan, considered to be the first legitimate heavyweight champion As one of the major post Civil War celebrities, Sullivan lived a life of excess in the ring, with women, and with the bottle It would be the latter which would prove to be his undoing as his alcohol addiction led to abusive conduct in his domestic and public relationships, frequent run ins with the law, and contributed to inflating his stomach and er [...]


    Eric Parker

    Wow, what a fascinating book If you are interested in the life of Teddy Roosevelt you ll love this as well These guys were from the same era and cut from some of the same cloth.John L Sullivan was one of America s first sports heroes He rose to boxing greatness around the time that transcontinental railroads were finished and photography became mainstream This made him incredibly recognizable.I love the descriptions of his exploits in the ring and outside of it A super gripping book that had me [...]


    Abraham Thunderwolf

    A must read for anyone who s interested in boxing, American culture in the late 18th and early 19th century, and The Great Outdoor Fight The book is full of characters that are seemingly made up, people like Wild Bill, Theodore Roosevelt, Jack Johnson, among many others Of course let s not forgot John L Sullivan I m sure you d recognize The picture of him, hair slicked with pomade, thick mustache curled up, fist casually raised up for fisticuffs Sure he was kind of a jerk, a racist, and a drunk, [...]


    Ben

    I received this book for free via First Reads.Fantastic book A definite must read for boxing fans, sports fans, Irish Americans, and generally fans of biographies and interesting people Christopher Klein has a clean good prose that makes it easily accessible to both sporting boxing fans and non fans alike He holds nothing back and besides the segments near the end about John L and the color line, Klein is very unbiased in his portrayal of John L He totals and depicts both the good and the bad of [...]


    Michael

    Strong Boy is a fascinating and well researched look at the life of John L Sullivan Having only knowing of Sullivan as a boxer, I was surprised to learn about the variety of endeavours that John L took part in during his life Klein does an excellent job of providing context as the reader is informed and reminded about people and society in Boston and the United States during John L s time, over a hundred years ago Highly recommended for fans of boxing, biographies, or Boston Please note that I r [...]


    Casey Trowbridge

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