prizefight fans (turn of the century) : LUSENET : San Francisco History : One Thread

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 (, 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 (, 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 (, August 14, 2001.

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