Champion of the World banner belonging to John L. Sullivan

Champion of the World banner belonging to John L. Sullivan

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Description (Brief)
Dark blue silk boxing banner with green border. American Eagle at center over American shield. Four pairs of flags, Irish and American. The American flags have St. Andrews crosses. Reads "John L. Sullivan, Champion of the World, May the Best Man Win, Beat Paddy Ryan Feb 7th, 1882." Banner is framed in a gilt frame. This represents the first time Sullivan won the championship, defeating Paddy Ryan in a bare knuckle fight in Mississippi CIty, Mississippi.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Banner
boxing banner
banner, boxing
date made
1882
associated dates
1967 09 / 1967 09
referenced
Sullivan, John L.
associated place
United States
Physical Description
fabric (overall material)
red (overall color)
white (overall color)
blue (overall color)
green (overall color)
wood (overall material)
glass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 20 in x 20 in; 50.8 cm x 50.8 cm
ID Number
CL.292963.01
accession number
292963
catalog number
292963.1
subject
Sports
Boxing
Professional
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Many Voices, One Nation
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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