GENE TUNNEY AUTOGRAPHED LETTER


James Joseph “Gene” Tunney was born May 25, 1897 – died November 7, 1978.  Tunney was the heavyweight boxing champion from 1926-28 who defeated Jack Dempsey twice, first in 1926 and then in 1927. Tunney’s successful title defense against Dempsey is one of the most famous bouts in boxing history and is known as The Long Count Fight. Tunney retired as a heavyweight after his victory over Tom Heeney in 1928. Tunney, who in World War I served in the U.S. Marines, had only one loss in his entire professional career — a 15 round decision to Harry Greb for the American Light Heavyweight title, a defeat that he later avenged in four more fights against Greb. He was regarded as an extremely skillful boxer who excelled in defense. In addition to beating Dempsey, the most famous fighter of his era, Tunney defeated Tommy Loughran, Tommy Gibbons, Georges Carpentier, and many other fine boxers. Tunney also had a brief acting career, starring in the movie The Fighting Marine in 1926. Unfortunately, no prints of this film are known to exist. Original Letter & Autograph of Gene Tunney, Addressed to my Father(Frank Tricker). The letter is in response to a request made by my Father, asking for an autograph & a cigar band. Not shown in our photo is the Letter Head which reads: GENE TUNNEY 230 PARK AVENUE NEW YORK. Approx. size 7 1/4 x 10 3/8 inches. Regular Price – $ 499.99 / Sale Price – $ 295.00.

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