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I'm looking for any information (articles, photos, memoirs, etc.) that will give me a better sense of who attended SF prizefights between 1880-1915, especially any evidence of women and African Americans attending these bouts.
-- Matthew Andrews (email@example.com), June 20, 2001
Jerry Flamm's "Hometown San Francisco" has a section devoted to prize fighting in S.F. during the first part of the 20th century. (It was published in 1994.)
-- Don Martinich (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 21, 2001.
I did a little research myself when I inherited a couple of old Boxing photo's from my grandfather. His father owned a saloon and livery stable on Market street around the turn of the century. He was a sporting man. One of the photo's is of the famous fight between Jack Johnson and Stanley "Black Jack" Ketchem in 1909. It's a large original photo from the Dana Studios and it's apparent that there wer nothing but white male faces in the crowd. During my research I found that often times Blacks would fight Whites but the audience was mostly segregated. Good Luck.
-- SF Ghost (email@example.com), August 14, 2001.