Greb, Walker and the tale of the Silver Slipper
Harry Greb and Mickey Walker met in the ring on July 2, 1925. According to legend, 15 rounds wasn't enough to settle their differences. Don Stradley explores their supposed fight after the fight.
No less an authority on embellished sports tales than Damon Runyon once said, "Ninety-five percent of sports tradition is fiction. Lies, if you like. But harmless. Who the hell cares if the facts get twisted?"
He started to take his coat off, and when he had his coat down around both his elbows so he couldn't move his arms, I wound up with my best punch and hit him on the chin.
-- Mickey Walker, on clocking a not-quite-fight-ready Harry Greb
Walker may have scuffled with him, and Greb may have cuffed his ears, but there was no fight. We know there wasn't any second fight. What a story that would have been.
-- Columnist Bugs Bear, on setting the record straight