Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Have You Ever Heard of Ypsilantian Homer Smith? The Nicest Heavyweight Champion You'll Ever Meet.

Dusty D has a story coming out in tomorrow's Courier--God willin' and the creek don't rise--about forgotten Ypsilanti heavyweight boxer Homer Smith.

Did you know he fought Jack Dempsey? Yessir!--and remained friends with Dempsey for the next 50 years!

All the materials Dusty D has sourced about Mr. Smith indicate that, despite being a formidable, fearsome opponent in the ring, he was a good and kind man--might go so far as to say a sweetie.

It'll be in tomorrow's Courier! Jack Dempsey--wow! Mr. Smith DEFINITELY was a contender!

1 comment :

Dusty D said...

That pic there shows Mr. Smith holding a postcard sent to him from Jack Dempsey half a century after their bout in 1918.

Look at the kindness written all over his face--you just want to hug the man!

Yet another Ypsilantian the city can take pride in.