He ran a saloon on 14th
Street, between 3rd & 4th
Avenues, that figured in the
Rosenthal slaying. Before
Sharkey ran the joint it was
Sunny's, and Rothstein
gambled there as a youth.
|Billy Gibson, Gene Tunney, and
legendary fight promoter Tex
Rickard. A.R. won $500,000 on
the first Dempsey-Tunney fight.
|Abe "The Little Champ" Attell—
”A.R.'s accomplice in fixing the
1919 World Series. Did he work
with Rothstein to fix the first
A.R. had 10% of
|Jack "The Manassa Mauler"
Dempsey in Training—Dempsey
sharply questioned Abe Attell and
Arnold Rothstein's role in his first
loss to Tunney. A.R. bet $125,000
on the underdog Tunney in the first
Dempsey-Tunney fight and won
|Jack Dempsey's Open Letter to Gene Tunney (excerpt)
The following appeared in the September 19, 1927 Chicago Herald and Examiner:
As the story comes to me, Attell went to see you in your camp at Stroudsburg. After a
lengthy conference with you he raced back to Philadelphia with your pure and innocent
manager, Billy Gibson. And then Attell hurried along and had a meeting with ["Boo Boo"
As I understand it, Hoff is something of a political power in Philadelphia. He is supposed
to be a rather mighty figure in boxing affairs, and the old saying goes that "Whatever
"Boo Boo" wants" well, that's what 'Boo Boo' gets."
Attell, the tool for the gambling clique; "Boo Boo" Hoff, the political and boxing power in
Philadelphia, and Gibson, your manager, had various meetings, all secret. And then you
arrived in Philadelphia for the next chapter in the story finds you in a meeting with Hoff
and Gibson--one that lasted until about 6 on the fight night.
Since then I learned that some sort of written contract was entered into involving Hoff,
Gibson and yourself. Stories about it differ considerably. But the document itself has
been made public. It strikes me as a strange document--one that puzzles the public as it
puzzles me, and it is one that I think should be explained.
The contract stated, in substance, that Gibson borrowed $20,000 from Hoff and that
Gibson agreed to pay back the $20,000 and nothing elseâ€”if you did not win the fight.
But it contains a peculiar clause to the effect that if you won the fight Gibson was to
pay back Hoff the $20,000 and, as a sort of bonus or something like that, that you were
to give Hoff 20 percent of all your earnings as champion. You signed as a party to the
Can't we all have a little explanation about this?
You knew that if you won the title it would be worth at least $1,000,000 to you. Why
were you agreeable to paying Hoff approximately $200,000 bonus for a loan of
$20,000? What could Hoff do to help you on to victory that would be worth $200,000?
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