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Jack (Doc) Kearns Is Dead

July 9, 1963 - Jack Dempsey (left in 1924) arrived in Miami to be a pallbearer at the funeral of Jack (Doc) Kearns (right), the shrewd, colorful manager who piloted Dempsey and others to the top ranks of the fight game. Dempsey, a robust 68, flew to Miami from New York for services today for his 80-year-old former manager, who died Sunday. The onetime heavyweight champion called Kearns “a great guy, one of the greatest managers that ever lived.” Dempsey had a nostalgic word for the old-time club fights as well — the hard school which developed him and many others who went on to fistic fame. He said television had put the clubs out of business. “In my day, we had many clubs throughout the United States and all over the world to fight in,” Dempsey remarked. “Today, you have very few. I think television has done a lot of harm — it’s killed the goose that laid the golden egg.”


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