Gary, Indiana, Then and Now

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🥊🎂 On May 29, 1913 the “Man Of Steel” Tony Zale was born in Gary, Indiana. Zale began his professional boxing career in 1934, but to make a living he spent much of 1935 and 1936 working in the steel mills of Gary,. For the first 7 years of his career, he did almost all of his fighting in Chicago. Zale was a 2-time world middleweight champion and made the Ring Magazine’s list of 100 greatest punchers of all time. Zale won his first 6 bouts by knockouts after coming out of the U.S. Navy following World War II. Zale is best remembered for his 3 bouts over a 21-month period with Rocky Graziano for the middleweight crown. These 3 bouts were among the most brutal and exciting middleweight championship matches of all time. The first match took place at Yankee Stadium. Zale was 33 years old, and had been inactive for about 4 years (due to World War II). Graziano was on a winning knockout streak and seemed to be in his prime. In their first match (September 27, 1946), after flooring Graziano in the first round, Zale took a savage beating from Graziano, and was on the verge of losing the fight by TKO. However, he rallied and knocked out Graziano in the 6th round to retain his title. The rematch, a year later in Chicago (July 16, 1947), was a mirror image of their first fight. Graziano was battered around the ring, suffered a closed eye and appeared ready to lose by a knockout, then rallied and knocked Zale out in the 6th round, becoming middleweight champion of the world. Their last fight was held in New Jersey the following year (June 10, 1948). Zale regained his crown, winning the match by a knockout in the third round. On September 21, 1948, Zale relinquished the title, losing to Marcel Cerdan in a 12th-round knockout. Zale retired following the Cerdan fight. His career record was 67 wins (45 by knockouts), 18 losses, and 2 draws. Two of the three Graziano fights were named TheRingMagazine fights of the year. Zale was a 1991 inductee to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Zale was originally cast to play himself in the 1956 movie Somebody Up There Likes Me. According to director Robert Wise, Paul Newman (playing Graziano) was hesitant to fully engage Zale during rehearsal, fearing that Zale might reflexively knock him out if Newman inadvertently hit him too hard. Zale passed away on March 20, 1997 at the age of 83 in Portage, Indiana.🎂🥊 (Photo Credit: Ring Collective) #ManOfSteel