February 9, 2013

Peg Leg Bates

The name Peg-Leg Bates turned up in one of my vintage boxing magazines recently. 

With a name like that, I had to know more. I found a nice biographies here, and here

Want to know more? Check out back issues of Billboard here.

He was a one-legged tap dancer who later opened up his own resort in the Catskills. Several articles on the Web mention boxers going there to train for upcoming prize fights. He died the night after a celebration in his honor in his home town.

The man in action:

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