Document: dbr005  [view transcript]

Letter: [Macon, Georgia] to Joe Jennings, Jacksonville, Florida, 1927 July 14

author: Stein, Ben
extent: [1] p.
date: July 14, 1927
summary: Letter from Douglass Theatre manager Ben Stein to boxing manager Joe Jennings, dated July 14, 1927, regarding terms for a boxing match at the Douglass Theatre. The letter responds to a counter-offer of terms made by Joe Jennings (see [dbr003] of the Douglass Theatre Web site). Stein agrees to Jennings' business proposal that Texas Tanner fight an opponent chosen by Stein for thirty percent of the receipts, provided that Jennings will pay for transportation and advertising. He acknowledges the expenses that Jennings will face, but discloses the costs that he will face as well. Stein reports that he held his first boxing match two weeks ago and is holding one to choose the opponent for Texas Tanner.
repository: Middle Georgia Archives
collection: Charles Henry Douglass business records
box: 19
folder: 156
item: 8

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

Page: [1]  [view image] thumbnail

July 14th 1927
Joe Jennings
Jacksonville Fla. [Florida]
Dear Sir:.

I received two letters from you today dated the 12th in the one where you state that you will bring tanner up to fight anyone I put him against for 30% of the receipts and you pay his transportation and come up and advertise sounds alright [all right] to me. I realise [realize] just what you are up against I will have to give the boy that fights him 15% if he wins and 10% if he loses and then pay the other boys and then I will have to pay for the picture program that the fight will kill and then all the advertising. This will not be the first fight here I put the first on about two weeks agoe [ago] and had a fair house and I am putting one one [on] this week as a elimation [elimination] contest to get the boy to Fight Tanner I will announce this before the fight the boy that wins will be matched against Texas Tanner and in that way get our advertising started. I believe if we work this thing right that we can do a good business. As stated above I will pay you 30% of the entire box office receipts as Tanners share of the purse and we will try and put the fight on July 26th. if these terms are satisfactory you can use this as a contract. Have several letters from promoters in Atlanta and while you are up here you might be able to arrange a bout in Atlanta. Let me hear from you upon receipt of this letter and I can start the Ball rolling.

Yours Very Truly
[Signed] Ben Stein
Douglass Theater.