Document: dbr002  [view transcript]

Letter: Macon, Georgia to Joe Jennings, Jacksonville, Florida, 1927 July 11

author: Stein, Ben
extent: [1] p.
date: July 11, 1927
summary: Letter from Douglass Theatre manager Ben Stein to boxing manager Joe Jennings, dated July 11, 1927, regarding plans to hold a boxing match. The letter responds to Jennings' proposal to hold a boxing match at the Douglass Theatre (see [dbr001] of the Douglass Theatre Web site). Stein proposes to Jennings that he will pay the boxing promoter fifty percent of the receipts and the cost of advertising the fight. He informs Jennings that he will have to pay for the preliminaries out of his own money and complains that putting on fights is bad for his business. Stein reports that the fighter he would like to feature, "Battling Jim," is supposed to be the best in Macon. He argues against cancellation of the fight in the event of low attendance, and asks for Jennings' word that the fight will occur as scheduled. Stein asserts that if Jennings agrees to his terms, he can consider this letter a contract, and proposes to hold the fight on July 26.
repository: Middle Georgia Archives
collection: Charles Henry Douglass business records
box: 19
folder: 156
item: 5

Jennings, Joe, boxing manager
Tanner, Texas
Macon (Ga.)
Bibb County (Ga.)
Douglass Theatre (Macon, Ga.)
African American boxers--Georgia--Macon
Boxing managers--Georgia
Boxing matches--Georgia--Macon
Professional sports contracts--Georgia--Macon
Entertainment events--Georgia--Macon
Letters (correspondence)

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Macon Ga. [Georgia]
July 11 1927
Joe Jennings.
Jacksonville Fla. [Florida]
Dear Sir:.

In answer to your letter of the 10th inst. [instant] In regard to Matching Texas Tanner against a macon Boy. The very best Proposition I can make at this time is I am willing to give the promoter 50% of the receipts and he is to pay the fighters I have a good boy here to fight Tanner and have arranged with him to take 10% of the receipts if he loses or 15% if he wins which I think is reasonable. I will pay for the cost of the advertising providing you see that it is put out properly. I will advance transportation which will come out of your money. You will have to pay for the pleminaries [preliminaries] out of your share have quite a few good boys here to match anybody you bring over you could arrange that when you get here. When I put on a fight here it kills my business for the day and I have to look out for that end My house seats a thousand and as to what we can draw and the price we can get will arrange that when you get here as I am willing to charge all you think they will stand. The boy we have here is supposed to be the best in Macon and from what I here [hear] he draws a good house. There is one thing I want understood before you take this proposition is that this fight goes on as advertised regardless of weather [whether] we have a crowd or not as this fight will have a lot to do as to wether [whether] we can put on more fights or not as far as the public is concerned. and I want your word as man for man in regard to this. If this proposition suits you yo [you] can use this letter as a contract and we would like to put this fight on Tuesday the 26th of July. Our man Battling Jim ie [is] weight 170. Let me hear from you at once as we are going to put on fight on this date.

Yours very truly
[Signed] Ben Stein

Douglass Theater
Macon Ga. [Georgia]