Bare Knuckles & Saratoga Racing: The Remarkable Life of John Morrissey

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One of the more dynamic characters of his time, John "Old Smoke" Morrissey made his way from undefeated bare-knuckle boxer to found the Saratoga Race Course and win elections to Congress and the New York State Senate. A poor, uneducated Irish immigrant, Morrissey became a leader in the Dead Rabbits street gang. He won fame as a fighter and fortune as the operator of a string of successful gambling houses. He then took Saratoga Springs by storm. He improbably resurrected thoroughbred racing during the Civil War and opened his famous Club House, the most glamorous casino the country had ever seen. Author Brien Bouyea chronicles the incomparable life of a true American legend.
ISBN: 9781467135580
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New York
Series: Sports
Images: 41
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Brien Bouyea is director of communications at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, New York. Prior to joining the museum, he was an award-winning sportswriter for the Record and executive sports editor for the Saratogian. His awards include honors from the Associated Press Sports Editors, the New York State Associated Press and the New York Newspaper Publishers Association. He is a graduate of the College of Saint Rose and lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.
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