The Golden Age of Boxing on Radio and Television: A Blow-By-Blow History from 1921 to 1964


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Carrel Books
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6.3 X 1.4 X 9.1 inches | 1.55 pounds
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About the Author

Frederick V. Romano is a boxing historian with over thirty-five years of experience in the sport. He has served as a research consultant for HBO Boxing, produced and hosted a cable television show devoted to boxing, and acted as a certified amateur judge for matches throughout the New York area, including the prestigious Golden Gloves finals held annually in New York City. His first book, The Boxing Filmography, was published in 2004. He resides in Eastchester, New York.


"Like Gary Cooper at High Noon, the most compelling sports are solitary: one man against another. Their announcer becomes a listener's eyes and ears, spawning an Everest of phrase and mood. The panoply of baseball artists spawns Mel Allen, Vin Scully, and Harry Caray. Golf putt-and-drive men include Verne Lundquist and Pat Summerall. Now, The Golden Age of Boxing on Radio and Television: A Blow-By-Blow History from 1921 to 1964 by Frederick V. Romano details the series, technical vehicles, and personalities that brought boxing into America's living room for nearly half-a-century. They include the change from radio to TV, kinescope to videotape, the great Gillette Cavalcade of Sports, and the sport's announcers: among them, the elegant Ted Husing, precocious Chris Schenkel, gravelly Russ Hodges, and towering Don Dunphy. These Voices became household words, a soundtrack for Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Floyd Patterson, and then-Cassius Clay. Such a memory deserves a testament, and now boxing has it, in this riveting, arresting book." --Curt Smith, author, Voices of The Game: The Acclaimed Chronicle of Baseball Radio and Television Broadcasting From 1921 to the Present
"In its day, boxing fascinated American sports fans, even more so than football does today. Meticulously researched, Frederick Romano's The Golden Age of Boxing on Radio and Television is absorbing. The text details the rich role that prizefights played in radio and television's formative years, profiles the colorful announcers behind the microphones and repaints word pictures that captured historic fights!" --David J. Halberstam, author, Sports on New York Radio
"Romano deserves credit for having undertaking an enormous amount of research...'The Golden Age of Boxing on Radio and Television' is a valuable resource."--Thomas Hauser, The Ring
"The book delves nicely into how technology and presentation shaped how America came to view boxing and, in some instances, abhor it."--Marty Mulcahey, Undisputed Champion Network