Sport: The Hero from Hartford

Success had had its bitter side for little Willie Pep. As fancy a featherweight as ever tied on gloves, he won so many fights (134 against one defeat) that home-town Hartford, Conn, took him for granted. Willie grew cocky and careless. Result: last October he was knocked out cold by Challenger Sandy Saddler. Willie lost his featherweight crown, but in defeat Hartford began to rally round him and he became a town hero on a comeback trail. The home folks bellowed for a return engagement.

For weeks, Willie trained in a Hartford gym, while...

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