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ISBN-13: 978-0786439942 ISBN-10: 0786439947

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Colleen Aycock and Mark Scott, and the McFarland Press, deserve our warm thanks in spotlighting the short, but singular, career of one of America's least well-known athletes, a lightweight boxer named Joe Gans....the various chapters of this biography are like a collection of Somerset Maugham short stories.... But the real value of Joe Gans is that the story line is gripping and is well-flavored with historical nuggets.
--SCOTT A.G.M. CRAWFORDEastern Illinois U., 2008

About the Author

Colleen Aycock's father was a professional fighter during the Depression. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Mark Scott, a novelist and former Golden Glove boxer, lives in Austin, Texas.
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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (October 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786439947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786439942
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,227,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For the boxing historian, this book is a treat.
Pugwash
The authors provide Gans' measurements and ring record at the end of the book.
feedthecat
Wonderfully detailed account of an amazing pugilist and person.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By feedthecat on December 1, 2008
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Colleen Aycock and Mark Scott have produced a wonderful account of the life & times of Joe Gans (born November 25, 1874) - very probably the greatest lightweight (135 lbs & under) boxer of all-time and certainly one of the ten best fighters pound-for-pound in history - a book that is all the greater given the fact that it is the first in-depth bio of the fighter known as the "Old Master". And, unlike the recent (and absolutely superb) bio of Gans' peer, "Sam Langford: Boxing's Greatest Uncrowned Champion" (by Clay Moyle), which is tightly focused on its subject, this book also examines many non-boxing-related events, etc of late 19th and early 20th century life. Some of these topics are covered quickly (e.g. the Boxer Rebellion, the 1893 Columbian [as in Christopher Columbus] Exposition held in Chicago, Evelyn Nesbit and sex symbols of the period, etc), while others are elucidated at length (such as the scourge that was tuberculosis [which claimed Gans' life in 1910 when Joe was just 35 years old] and a fascinating examination of the influence of turn-of-the-century boxing on L. Frank Baum's "Wonderful Wizard of Oz" book and its illustrations by William Wallace Denslow). Furthermore, the authors reveal that Gans' historical importance isn't just due to what he accomplished in the ring (for example, in hiring a certain musician for his new hotel, Gans wound up making a big contribution to the musical genre known as "ragtime" and, consequently, to jazz).

In regard to Gans the boxer, the authors do a great job of exploding many of the myths about this peerless fighter, myths that grew into fact over the years precisely because there weren't any in-depth accounts of his life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pugwash on April 27, 2011
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The Golden Age of Boxing has been attributed to the 1920's, 1940's and 1960's by various boxing writers. Mark Scott opts to believe it was the 1900's. The cast of characters were memorable. James Corbett, Bob Fitzsimmons, Jack Johnson and Jim Jeffries were a few of them. But the most skilled, according to the author, was Joe Gans.

James Corbett and Bob Fitzsimmons ushered in the concept of scientific boxing, but Gans took it to a whole new level. Moreover, Gans was a black man fighting in post-Victorian America. He gained a grudging acceptance and respect denied to Jack Johnson. Gans was not the brash, polarizing figure that Johnson was. He let his fists do his bidding, and was a master between the ringposts.

The author paints a vivid picture both of the fights, and of the times. He occasionally spins off theories which stretch the subject, such as the relevence of "The wizard of Oz" on th times and attitudes that shaped the sport of boxing and the attitudes toward black athletes of the time. It was interesting, but I question the relevance of these digressions.

Nevertheless, little, up to now has been known about Joe Gans, other than he was a huge influence on Jack Blackburn, Joe Louis' chief trainer. The descriptions of the fight with Battling Nelson were clear, and almost painful to read because of the brutality.

For the boxing historian, this book is a treat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bockadoo on December 1, 2012
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Wonderfully detailed account of an amazing pugilist and person. Ability, class, heart, this guy had it all. What a shame he had to overcome as much as he did - lesser fighters dictating terms of bouts, assusations of cowardice because of his color, other fighters getting away with being dirty, managers taking advantage of him...the list goes on. All he did was beat everybody no matter what and did it with class and dignity. Oh yeah, he was dying of tuberculosis too. He was the king of turn of the century boxing, and maybe of all time. This one is right up there with the Greb and Langford books in terms of amazing fight details and getting to know the subject out of the ring as well. I couldn't put it down.
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As a fan of the "Sweet Science" of boxing I found this book to be unbelievably fascinating. The times, the events and the man are all described in such a way that you feel as if you've walked into the pages and are experiencing the sights and sounds of the early boxing ring.

What stands out in this book is its main subject, Joe Gans. The champion from Baltimore finally has his day in the sun in this book. The author does a great job in shedding much needed light on exactly why Gans legendary boxing feats were buried deep in the annals of the sport. Its great reading for anyone who likes splashes of history entwined with exciting action. Though my edition of the book had small print, it didn't keep me from staying up late reading about the early days of boxing and the light weight champion who's name was on the lips of all boxing aficionados of the time.

If you thought Jack Johnson was the first African-American boxing champion, like myself, you are wrong. Joe Gans was the first African-American title holder in any sport. That is one thing that nobody can take away from him. A well researched and fact based book on Sports, History and Race.
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