[Philadelphia? n. p., ca. 1915-1920?]. An early edition of this boxing memoir. Orignal stiff pictorial purple card stock wrappers (6.25 x 3.5 inches), 32 pages. Illustrated after studio photos of McCloskey demonstrating boxing with an adult man. Some ink staining to the wrappers; a little sunned; in very good condition. Item #20397
"The sale of this little book has been the chief source of my livelihood since then, and I take this opportunity of thanking the many thousands who have, from time to time, bought them. This edition is corrected, and up to date, and its sale will enable me to live and anjoy life." Pugilistic semi-mendicant literature, the entertaining promotional memoir of a retired boxer turned Philadelphia cigar store owner. Ellwood Stanislaus McCloskey (1872-1927), known as "the Old War Horse of the Prize Ring," had gone blind in 1902 and retired from the ring; this pamphlet account . In addition to his career as a pugilist, McCloskey played of a role in the history of American art, appearing as a subject in a painting done by Philadelphia fight fan Thomas Eakins (who had a boxing ring in his studio), whose Between Rounds shows McCloskey working as a corner man for local featherweight Billy Smith at a fight in 1898. McCloskey also acted as something of a talent spotter for Eakins, rounding up other boxers to pose. Later versions of this pamphlet retain the original text but include later photos dating from 1916 and showing an older McCloskey sparring with a teenaged James McCarty. WIth additional wrappper portraits here in this edition of contemporary Philadelphia boxing managers.