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Scarce, Self-Published Signed Book – “Blood, Sweat & Cheers: The Pete Mead Story.”

Lot 229. Scarce, Self-Published Signed Book – “Blood, Sweat & Cheers: The Pete Mead Story.” A middleweight, Mead fought professionally 56 times from 1942-51. He may be most widely recognized and remembered for his Feb. 25, 1949, fight with Joey DeJohn at Madison Square Garden. In a 1947 bout, Mead stopped DeJohn in the seventh round. The 1949 rematch is regarded as one of the bloodiest and greatest at the Garden. DeJohn floored Mead in the third and fifth rounds, but Mead knocked out his opponent in the seventh. “The Ring” magazine has listed the fight as one of the 10 best of the 20th century. In posting a 39-16-1 career record, Mead defeated such opponents as Tommy Merrill, Vince LsSalva, Jerry Fiorello, Herbie Kronowitz, Fritzie Zivic, Charley Zivic, Rueben Shank, the Cocoa Kid and Tony Masciarelli. In his last fight, he lost to Rocky Graziano. Mead’s 1989 first-edition paperback book, written with Jim Bailey and edited by Mead’s wife of 65 years, is ex-m. Mead signed inside the front cover. The mint 9 signature, authenticated by Kevin Keating, is personalized to “Gary.” Mead passed away in 2007. Minimum Bid $30.    

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