• JACK DEMPSEY AND PROMOTER TEX RICKARD, ca. 1928. Leslie Jones Collection, BPL Print Department. 

    Boston Garden developer and owner Tex Rickard, pictured at left with boxing superstar Jack Dempsey, envisioned the Garden as one of six similar arenas around the country. 

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    Jack Dempsey and promoter Tex Rickard
    • Date
    • ca. 1917/1934
    • Creator
    • Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967
    • Description
    • Title from information provided by Leslie Jones or the Boston Public Library on the negative or negative sleeve. Date supplied by cataloger. Copy photo.
    • Rights
    • Copyright © Leslie Jones.; This work is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License.
    • Partner
    • Boston Public Library; Digital Commmonwealth
    • Contributing Institution
    • Boston Public Library
    • Is Part Of
    • Leslie Jones Collection; Sports: Identified [Boxing]; Print Department

  • SHIRES-SPOHRER BOUT AT THE BOSTON GARDEN, 1930. Leslie Jones Collection, BPL Print Department. 

    In this photograph, Art Shires, a notoriously pugilistic baseball player turned boxer, takes on Boston Braves catcher Al Spohrer at the Garden. Shires won the match in four rounds. 

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    Shires-Spohrer bout at the Boston Garden
    • Date
    • 1930-01
    • Creator
    • Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967
    • Description
    • Title and date from information provided by Leslie Jones or the Boston Public Library on the negative or negative sleeve.
    • Rights
    • Copyright © Leslie Jones.; This work is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License.
    • Partner
    • Boston Public Library; Digital Commmonwealth
    • Contributing Institution
    • Boston Public Library
    • Is Part Of
    • Leslie Jones Collection; Sports: Identified [Boxing]; Print Department

  • FIGHTERS SIGN AT THE BOSTON GARDEN SEATED L-R: ERNIE SCHAFF, JACK SHARKEY, AND JIM MALONEY, 1931. Leslie Jones Collection, BPL Print Department. 

     Seated from left to right, boxers Ernie Schaaf, Jack Sharkey, and Jim Maloney sign contracts at the Garden. 

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    Fighters sign at Boston Garden. Seated left-right: Ernie Schaaf, Jack Sharkey and Jim Maloney
    • Date
    • 1931-05
    • Creator
    • Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967
    • Description
    • Fighters sit at desk in Boston Garden offices to sign contracts, as Garden officials look on.
    • Rights
    • Copyright Leslie Jones.; This work is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License.
    • Partner
    • Boston Public Library; Digital Commonwealth
    • Contributing Institution
    • Boston Public Library
    • Is Part Of
    • Leslie Jones Collection

  • AL MCCOY WEIGHS IN WHILE JOE LOUIS LOOKS ON, AT THE BOSTON GARDEN, 1940. Leslie Jones Collection, BPL Print Department. 

    The Boston Garden welcomed many famous boxers, including Joe Louis in 1940, pictured here looking on as opponent Al McCoy weighed in. Louis would go on to win the bout in six rounds.

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    Al McCoy weighs in while Joe Louis looks on, at Boston Garden
    • Date
    • 1940-12
    • Creator
    • Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967
    • Description
    • Members of both boxers' camps and fight officials look on.
    • Rights
    • Copyright © Leslie Jones.; This work is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License.
    • Partner
    • Boston Public Library; Digital Commmonwealth
    • Contributing Institution
    • Boston Public Library
    • Is Part Of
    • Leslie Jones Collection; Sports: Identified; Print Department

The Boston Garden was originally built to host boxing matches, a favorite sport in the 1920s. Seats were arranged to fill out the floor around a central boxing ring. 

Developer and owner Tex Rickard wanted spectators in every seat to see “sweat on the boxers’ brows.”