Thursday, February 2, 2012
click to view larger image of Jack Dempsey and his bulldog King.
William Harrison "Jack" Demspey (The Manassa Mauler)
June 24, 1895 - May 31, 1983
Jack Dempsey's bulldog bit Artemis Geranois (a child) in Shelby, Montana during his training for his famous July 4, 1923 fight with Tom Gibbons. A $10,000 lawsuit was filed against Dempsey and his manager Jack Kearns on behalf of the victim.
Ten years later, Dempsey's sister in law would find herself and one of her bulldogs before a judge. Susan Dempsey was ordered to fork over $3K Claire Hoffman. Mrs Dempsey tried to blame Hoffman's pekinese. Judge Percy Hight ordered the dogs to the courtroom and measured their teeth.
"It was the bulldog, all right."
Jack Dempsey and Jack Kearns
Reading Eagle 08.31.1923
Ogden Standard 06.01.1919
San Jose Evening News 04.27.1933
Jack Dempsey wiki