Doc Stull’s Sports Today and in the Day

“Gene Tunney  on  ESPN  Humboldt Sports Radio 1340 AM Eureka, CA  June 1-5 , 2015 at 7:55 AM

 Tunney

The Roaring Twenties boxing superstar undefeated-as-a-heavyweight champion no one remembers.  He lost only one fight -as a light-heavy.  Knocked down only once, retired in his thirties, married a millionairess,, read the classics, lectured on Shakespeare at Yale  – and one of the greatest fighters and heavyweight champions who ever lived, beating Jack Dempsey twice.   The greatest Irish-American athlete ever, patriot, the “Fighting Marine”….a man for all seasons…amazing…but no-one recognized him on the street and he never talked about his career with his children – Gene Tunney.


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Doc Stull’s Sports Today and in the Day

“Gene Tunney” on ESPN Sports Radio 1340 AM, 7:55 AM, Dec. 8 – Dec. 12, 2014

Tunney

 After his first and only defeat in the ring, heavyweight boxing champion Gene Tunney salved his physical and mental anguish by pondering the pithy perplexities of Shakespeare’s retelling of the Iliad, Troilus and Cressida.  Lanky, literate, blessed with athletic and mental agility, uncommon self-possession, and artistic tastes ranging from Victor Hugo to Wagnerian opera, Gene Tunney was a pugilistic enigma. A marine corps boxing champion in WWI who after turning pro went undefeated as a heavyweight (his only loss came as a light-heavyweight), Tunney was knocked down only once in his career.  He retired at age 31, married heiress Polly Lauder, and for the rest of his life pursued a variety of business ventures and the arts.  Tunney, like F. Scott Fitzergerald’s Gatsby, was a remarkable self-created individual.  Tunney’s heroic flaw, however, was that he wasn’t the champ the people wanted him to be – but what a fighter he was.  What a man.


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