“WINNER AND NEW CHAMP”: NEWSSTAND POSTER FROM THE FIRST OF THE 1934 ROSS-MCLARNIN BOXING MATCHES
ROSS, Barney. Original newsstand poster for the New York News. New York: The News, May 28, 1934. Poster measuring 11 by 17 inches, printed in red and black with text and photograph. $850.
Original newsstand poster for the New York News displaying a “Last Minute Photo” of Barney Ross after his victory in the first of his three historic matches with Jimmy McLarnin.
The son of a Chicago rabbi and grocer who was killed during a robbery, Barney Ross (Dov-Ber Rasofsky) turned to boxing as a way to support his struggling family. In 1933 he became both the lightweight and junior welterweight champion before moving on to his match against welterweight champion Jimmy McLarnin in 1934. In the first of what ultimately became a 3-match series, Ross defeated McLarnin in a 15-round decision to become the welterweight champion. Four months later McLarnin regained the championship. Exactly one year after their first match, Ross regained his crown in another 15-round decision over McLarnin. This newsstand advertisement, headed “Last Minute Photo / Winner and New Champ,” features a photograph of Ross surrounded by friends and supporters after the fight with the caption “Happy over his fifteen round decision win over Jimmy McLarnin, Barney Ross smiles as his friends rally round to congratulate him in dressing room after the battle. Ross, the lightweight champion, took over the welterweight crown with this victory.”
Only minor edgewear. In excellent condition.