Boxing Legend Jack Dempsey Scores KO Victory Over Baseball and Babe Ruth In 1928 Popularity Poll
It was no contest – a national poll confirms that Jack Dempsey is more popular than Babe Ruth. By almost 2-1
Most surprising – the poll was taken the year AFTER the boxing world watch Jack Dempsey lose a second time to Gene Tunney and the after the Babe Ruth stunned the baseball world by hitting 60 home runs.
The reason – the incredibly explosive Dempsey boxing films were shown in movie theaters throughout the country for years. Boxing could be captured by the camera well. The ring was small and the camera could be placed close by. The fighters bodies and the action filled the screen.
Fans ran to the theaters to see each Dempsey fight. Baseball films were tough to shoot. The field was huge and the cameras were placed far away. With no zoom lenses the baseball players looked like ants running around the field.
Also, Dempsey appeared in many Hollywood movies.
The two legends were great friends.
It was Boxing vs Baseball in 1928 – and it was no contest – Jack Dempsey KO’d Babe Ruth
Author – Boxing Hall of Fame
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