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Tony Zale vs. Rocky Graziano I...



Item # 579419

September 28, 1946

THE NEW YORK TIMES, September 28, 1946

* Bob Feller season strikeouts record...  Cleveland Indians
* Tony Zale vs. Rockey Graziano I... Middleweight boxing title

This 30 page newspaper has two column headlines on page 8 that include: "Feller Strikes Out 6 Tigers to Tie Majors' 42-Year-Old Mark of 343" and more with related photo (see photos). Tells of Cleveland Indians star pitcher, Bob Feller, tying the Major League record for most strikeouts in a single season. (Rube Waddell)

Also a nice banner headline on page 9 that reads: "39,827 See Zale Knock Out Graziano and Retain World Middleweight Honors" with subheads and action photo (see photos). Two events in one issue here.

Other news of the day throughout including period advertising. This newspaper is in good condition.

wikipedia notes: Tony Zale was a 2-time world middleweight champion and made the Ring Magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time. Zale is best remembered for his three bouts over a 21-month period with Rocky Graziano for the middleweight crown. These three bouts were among the most brutal and exciting middleweight championship matches of all time. The first match took place in Yankee Stadium, New York. Zale had served in World War II, was thirty-three years old, and had been inactive for about four years. Graziano was on a winning knockout streak and seemed to be in his prime. In their first match (September 27, 1946), after flooring Graziano in the first round, Zale took a savage beating from Graziano, and was on the verge of losing the fight by TKO. However, he rallied and knocked out Graziano in the sixth round to retain his title.

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