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Gene Tunney. May 25, 1897 - November 7, 1978. Born May 25, 1897 and died November 7, 1978 Real name is James Joseph Tunney 1 of 7 children Parents were John Tunney and Mary Jean Lydon During WWI he enlisted in the marines and was known as “The Fighting Marine”

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gene tunney

Gene Tunney

May 25, 1897 - November 7, 1978

personal life
Born May 25, 1897 and died November 7, 1978
  • Real name is James Joseph Tunney
  • 1 of 7 children
  • Parents were John Tunney and Mary Jean Lydon
  • During WWI he enlisted in the marines and was known as “The Fighting Marine”
  • Retired from boxing in 1928 and married Mary “Polly” Lauder
  • They lived in Stamford, Connecticut
  • They had 4 children
  • Died at age 81 and buried in Long Ridge Union Cemetery in Stamford
Personal Life
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Early Boxing
  • First started to fight on the streets of Manhattan
  • Developed the skill of recognizing his opponents weaknesses because he lacked the speed and strength
  • Joined the Greenwich Village Athletic Club and started formal boxing training
  • Started professional boxing in1919 under the nickname “Gene” Tunney
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Professional Boxing Career
  • Heavyweight boxing champion from 1926-1928
  • Twice defeated Jack Dempsey. Once in 1926 and then in 1927
  • In 1928 he was named Fighter of the Year
  • In 1980 he was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame
  • In 1990 he entered the International Boxing Hall of Fame
  • In 2001 he was inducted into the USMC Sports Hall of Fame
  • Final record was 65-1-1
the long count
The controversial fight between Tunney and Heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey
  • The first fight took place September 23, 1926 in Philadelphia with over 120,000 paying spectators
  • The rematch was September 22, 1927 at Soldier Field in Chicago with 102,000 spectators paying 2.6 million
  • Named “the Long Count” because of the controversial 17 seconds between the time Tunney was knocked down to the time he got back on his feet
The Long Count
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Works Cited

1.      "Gene Tunney." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. 1 Dec. 2010. Web. 02 Dec. 2010.   .

2.      "James Joseph "Gene" Tunney." Facebook. 1 Dec. 2010. Web. 02 Dec. 2010. .

3.      Google Image Result for Http://www.americanmemorabilia.com/pics/45534_01_lg.jpg. Photograph. Google. Web. 03 Dec. 2010. .

4.      Dempsey vs. Tunney. Photograph. Google. Web. 03 Dec. 2010. .

5.      Dempsey's Comeback Fails as Tunney Wins Decision. Photograph. Google. Web. 03 Dec. 2010. .

6.      Boxing Champ Gene Tunney. Photograph. Encyclopedia Britanica Blog. Web. 03 Dec. 2010. .

7.      Gene Tunney and His Bride. Photograph. The Sydney Morning Herald. Web. 03 Dec. 2010. .

8.      The Long Count. Photograph. Chicago Sports Memories. Web. 03 Dec. 2010. .

9.      SoundBible.com. Web. 06 Dec. 2010. .

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