The Press: Back in the Ring

Before Jack ("Doc") Kearns died at 80 last year, he completed the manuscript of his memoirs, the gaudy story of his career as manager and trainer of prizefighters—the most famous of whom was Jack Dempsey. One chapter of that book, published in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, contained Kearns's claim that he had packed the bandages on Dempsey's fists with plaster before the 1919 bout in which Dempsey gave Jess Willard a painful beating. Dempsey had no knowledge of the deed, Kearns said, and when SPORTS ILLUSTRATED approached Dempsey before printing the Kearns story, the old...

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