[Mendele] Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements--"kulakn helden, " esp. from Philadelphia

Victor Bers victor.bers at yale.edu
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Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements

April 11, 2010

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Date: March 19, 2010
harryboonin at gmail.com
Subject: "kulakn helden"

I am writing a book about the professional Jewish boxers of Philadelphia, 
1893 to 1939, and perhaps a few years beyond WWII. There were about 50 to 
75 professional Jewish boxers from Philadelphia. Some of the more well 
known boxers were Benny Bass, Batling Levinsky and Joseph Brown (who was 
later a lecturer and professor of sculpture at Princeton University). Two 
of the most well known were Harry Lewis and Lew Tendler:

1. Henry Besterman, who fought under the name Harry Lewis, on June 27, 
1910, was matched against Aschel Young Joseph, the British welterweight 
champion and holder of the Lonsdale belt. Both fighters were Jewish. The 
match took place at Wonderland, Whitechapel Road, Stepney, London. It was 
owned by Mr. Breyer. Harry

Lewis was managed by Al Lippe. The fight, according to the British 
English-language press, was for the World Welterweight Championship. If 
anyone has information on these men from the Yiddish press, or access to 
Yiddish newspaper articles about the fight or Wonderland when it was used 
for boxing, would you please contact me. Wonderland was used for Yiddish 
theatre. I have the English language articles about these men from the 
Jewish Chronicle of London.

2. Benny Leonard fought Lew Tendler of Philadelphia at Yankee Stadium 
before 58,000 fans on July 24, 1923, for the World Lightweight boxing
title. Both fighters were Jewish; the ~Sforwards~T did cover the fight.
Would anyone have any additional information on the fight in Yiddish, from 
Yiddish magazines or newspapers.

Thank you,

Harry D. Boonin

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