This is an excellent summation of one of the forgotten fights of the 30's. The tragic Baer-Campbell fight and it's aftermath:
The short life of Frankie Campbell has become almost a footnote attached to the early boxing career of Max Baer. The two mens' names are forever linked together like ghost lovers in an ethereal endless waltz. Almost 80 years ago, in what was quite possibly one of the most savage battles never broadcast, the titanium fists of a Max Baer we have never witnessed on film, a brute who once pleasurably fought with the barely concealed savagery of a wild animal, took the life of Frankie Campbell. The massacre occurred on the 25th day of a warm August evening in 1930. The setting was a squared circle situated over home plate at Recreation Park in San Francisco, California. The bout was supposed to be an elimination tournament for the unofficial title of Pacific Coast Champion. It was to be a test of whether 26 year old Frankie Campbell had the ability that would allow him an eventual shot at the World Heavyweight Championship. Instead, it ended almost to the day, the six short years of Frankie's meteoric rise in professional boxing.
To date, little has been written about Frankie Campbell. Most boxing fans are familiar with the fight in which his life was ended, but know nothing about the first path, and then the second one, that brought him to that fateful Summer night in the first place. Let it be remembered however, that once upon a time, this forgotten man possessed perhaps the potential to don the crown and secure the belt of the Heavyweight Champion of the World onto his fine physique. Instead, this bright young fighter, who had the brass ring within his grasp, entered the grave entirely too soon.
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