Tex Rickard: the Story of His Life.
The man who was known as Tex Rickard, was born on Jan 2,
1870 with the byname of George Lewis Rickard. He led a life
of different jobs, I guess you could say he was a jack of
all trades. His life, or the part of it that dealt with the
gold rush, was what I would say as, short lived. After
raising cattle in Texas, and ruling a little town as the
town marshal he decided to move on to something different.
He moved to a small city in Nevada called Goldfield.
Goldfield was a boom town, which came about with the help
of gold, and the fact the Rickard set up a casino.
Now Tex didn't make his money by mining for gold in
California or in Nevada, but instead he was a professional
gambler, and fight promoter. It is his final profession
that he decided to stick with, and to say the least, he was
most prosperous in this final job. As a fight promoter his
life was very active. To publicize the community he decided
to promote the world lightweight title fight between Joe
Gans and Oscar Nelson. The fight was a long one, not only
was it more then the normal 12 rounds, but it was nearly 4
times the normal, being 42 rounds in length. This would be
the start of something big for Rickard.
In 1920 he gained control of Madison Square Garden, and in
his new arena he would stage the first million dollar
fight, this would be the first of five million dollar
crowds. Rickards achievements didn't just come to him by
luck. He made boxing a sport for all races and both the
sexes. He appealed to the racism in people by posing a
black against a white. He also aroused the patriots in the
country by fighting a draft dodger and a war hero, along
with this he set a American against a foreigner.
He was the first promoter to understand the people, and who
was able to control large crowds. All in all, he was a
fighter, gambler, miner (in the Yukon), and a promoter, and
was prosperous in all. He helped to change the face of the
west by controlling where the people went, and helped
California to grow, making him a very important man in the
history of California and the United States.