Meet the greatest Jewish sportscasters of all time


David Halberstam, The Forward

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On July 2, 1921, one hundred years ago, 100,000 fans elbowed their way into Boyle’s Thirty Acres in Jersey City, New Jersey to see the highly anticipated heavyweight championship fight between Jack Dempsey and Georges Carpentier. Dempsey retained the title with a fourth-round knockout of the Frenchman.

The Dempsey-Carpentier fight marked the first time fans had an opportunity to follow a sporting event live, far away from the venue of the competition. The experimental broadcast was primitive by today’s standards. Still, from the technological seeds of ship-to-shore communication, radio erupted and became wildly popular.