Freitag, August 27, 2010

Madison Square Garden Bowl - Long Island City 1932

1932 (06-21) Madison Square Garden Bowl (Long Island City, Queens) Jack Sharkey vs Max Schmeling, att. 61,863

Na gut - ein ganz kleines unaufwändiges Kapitel gibts noch. Da war in den 30ern nämlich noch ein Outdoor-Ableger der Madison Square Gardens im Stadtteil Queens. Ich zitiere einfach mal aus der englischen Wikipedia.

Madison Square Garden Bowl was the name of an outdoor arena in the New York City borough of Queens. Built in 1932, the arena hosted circuses and boxing matches. Its seating capacity was 72,000 spectators. It was eventually destroyed after years of disuse.

It was located at 48th Street and Northern Boulevard in Long Island City. This was the site where James J. Braddock defeated Max Baer for the World Heavyweight title on June 13, 1935 that was dramatized in the film Cinderella Man. Braddock was born on West 48th Street in Hell's Kitchen just a few blocks from the West 49th Street location of the third Madison Square Garden. Braddock's first comeback fight against John "Corn" Griffin was also in the venue. Jack Sharkey and Primo Carnera also captured the heavyweight crown in the 1930s at the Madison Square Garden Bowl.

The bowl was torn down after World War II to make way for a US Army Mail Depot. It, in turn, was torn down and the area was home to car dealerships, and now The Home Depot.


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