A new book, The One Is Jack Hurley, Volume One: Son of Fargo, by John T. Ochs. The book has been added to the Institute for Regional Studies Archives book collection. The following comes from the back cover:
“The One Is Jack Hurley is an epic, three-volume, bio-history of boxing’s Golden Age, beginning with Jack Dempsey in the 1910s and ending with George Foreman in 1970, as filtered through the life of Jack Hurley. Hurley began in Fargo just before World War I, worked in New York & Chicago from the mid-1920s through the ‘40s, and settled in Seattle in 1950.
Hurley’s life, more than any other, personifies boxing’s journey out of the backrooms and bars of the 1900s, to the arenas and stadiums of the 1920s, ‘30s, & ‘40s, and into the parlors and family TV rooms of the 1950s & ‘60s. It is a history not only of one man’s life but of the sport itself, a tale long neglected only because his career was so long and multifaceted.
Volume one, Son of Fargo, catalogs Hurley’s years as a small-town promoter in the 1920s and his rise to prominence as manager of Billy Petrolle, the “Fargo Express,” whose slashing style made him a huge drawing card. Together, they stormed New York and captivated fans like few sports figures of the era.
The volume covers Hurley's first 36 years as well as Petrolle’s entire boxing career. It ends on a poignant note as Billy retires, with Jack wondering what the future holds after losing his meal ticket.”