The World Colored Heavyweight Championship, 1876–1937


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About the Book

For six decades the World Colored Heavyweight Championship was a useful tool of racial oppression—the existence of the title far more important to the white public than its succession of champions. It took some extraordinary individuals, most notably Jack Johnson, to challenge “the color line” in the ring, although the title and the black fighters who contended for it continued until the reign of Joe Louis a generation later. This history traces the advent and demise of the Championship, the stories of the 28 professional athletes who won it, and the demarcation of the color line both in and out of the ring.

About the Author(s)

Mark Allen Baker is a former business executive, author, historian, and writer of hundreds of articles and more than 20 books. He is the only person to serve the International Boxing Hall of Fame as an author, historian, chairperson, sponsor, volunteer and biographer. He lives in Hebron, Connecticut, and Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

Bibliographic Details

Mark Allen Baker
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 260
Bibliographic Info: 52 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7765-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3987-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Preface 1
Introduction 3
One. Clearing a Path 7
Two. The Core Four 19
Three. The Black Prince 38
Four. King of the Battle Royal 50
Five. Crafty Texan 60
Six. Colorado Giant 74
Seven. Galveston Giant 84
Eight. The Idol of Paris 103
Nine. Joseph “Joe” Jeremiah Jeannette 116
Ten. Boston Tar Baby 128
Eleven. The Black Panther 146
Twelve. “Big” Bill Tate 164
Thirteen. The Leiperville Shadow 174
Fourteen. The Toronto Terror 183
Fifteen. Bearcat Obie 192
Sixteen. Driving the Last Spike 199
Appendix A. Roster of Pool Fighters 203
Appendix B. World Colored Heavyweight Championship and Timeline—Selected Entries 216
Appendix C. World Colored Heavyweight Champions & Associated Members of the International Boxing Hall of Fame 224
Chapter Notes 225
Bibliography 243
Index 247