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    1920's-30's Jack Sharkey Fight Worn Robe--The Only One He Ever Wore! He was born Joseph Paul Zukauskas to Lithuanian immigrants, but took his ring name from his two idols--heavyweight contender Tom Sharkey and Heavyweight Champion Jack Dempsey, the latter a man he'd famously battle in a controversial 1927 match for the prize of a title shot against Gene Tunney. The first couple dozen professional bouts of Sharkey's career were contested in the city of Boston, where an Irish-sounding name was far more palatable to the audiences that crowded the Mechanics Building and Braves Field where Sharkey plied his trade.

    But Sharkey's earliest introdution to the squared circle had come during his service to the US Navy, and his military background remained a point of great pride throughout his career and life. We see the firmest evidence of this fact in the offered garment, the only robe that the notoriously superstitious Sharkey ever wore into a prize ring. While it goes without saying that film and photography of 1920's and 1930's boxing is both far from comprehensive and of middling quality, we can spot the distinctive anchor design of the embroidered "USN" logo on the back of the garment in footage from his second meeting with Italian giant Primo Carnera in 1933--a screen-capture and a link to the video will be available online.

    The ancient satin garment has faded from what we would suspect was an original navy blue to an almost purple shade over the course of long, sweaty wear and decades of storage, but otherwise it exhibits no condition flaws of any note. Original belt with rather ornate tasselled ends remains. All Sharkey items in this auction make their first hobby appearance, consigned by the Sharkey family with their letters of provenance. Letter of provenance from Sharkey's family.

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    November, 2017
    16th-18th Thursday-Saturday
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