December 15, 1999 |
Big Jess Willard, once the most famous athlete in America and the world heavyweight boxing champion between the eras of Jack Johnson and Jack Dempsey, died 31 years ago today. Willard was a true-to-life Oklahoma cowboy when he began a years-long quest to wrest the heavyweight championship from Jack Johnson, the widely hated black champion who had so easily beaten popular ex-champion Jim Jeffries in 1910. "I never had a glove on until I was 28," he said, years later.
July 14, 2004 |
Researching a documentary on Jack Johnson, filmmaker Ken Burns decided that racism, not justice, sent the first black heavyweight boxing champion to jail nearly a century ago. Burns decided to seek a presidential pardon to right the wrong. On Tuesday, civil rights leaders and Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Orrin G. Hatch of Utah joined Burns to announce the filing of legal papers with the Justice Department seeking the pardon.
January 8, 2013 |
As was often the case, television personality Huell Howser captured the Coachella scene perfectly. Howser, who died Sunday at age 67 , traveled throughout Southern California during a career highlighting its myriad cultural offerings. As such, he journeyed to Indio, Calif., with typically boundless curiosity for a segment on KCET-TV in 2008 on the annual festival. Howser's take comes near the end of the feature: "It's just a beautiful, beautiful feeling here. Everybody is mellow and kind of chilling out here waiting for the particular group that they're here to listen to. It's all good.
January 14, 2005
Jack Johnson, the first black man to become the heavyweight champion of the world, may be this country's most famous forgotten athlete. Filmmaker Ken Burns aims to correct this memory lapse in a two-part documentary airing on PBS, Monday and Tuesday nights. "Unforgivably Black: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson" is not, of course, just about boxing.
March 26, 2007 |
Jack Johnson, the prized young defenseman acquired in a trade during training camp, and the Kings are in contract talks, with the possibility he could join the team Tuesday in San Jose. Johnson, a sophomore at the University of Michigan, will get a standard entry-level contract, but the bonuses still need to be worked out. He remained in Denver on Sunday, a day after the Wolverines were eliminated by North Dakota in the NCAA playoffs.
March 7, 2012 |
When: 4 PST. Where: Nationwide Arena. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 1150. Records: Kings 31-23-12, Blue Jackets 21-38-7. Record vs. Blue Jackets: 2-1. Update: It is bound to be a rough reception for former Blue Jackets forward Jeff Carter of the Kings, who spent a short but eventful time in Columbus, mostly injured and mostly unhappy. Carter was traded to the Kings for defenseman Jack Johnson and a conditional first-round draft pick on Feb. 23. Carter, who has scored twice for the Kings in five games, had 15 goals and 25 points for the Blue Jackets in 39 games.
April 29, 1985
Muhammad Ali, at a tribute to Jack Johnson in Galveston, Tex., said the former heavyweight champion was far ahead of his time. "He was a great, scientific boxer," Ali said. "He never received recognition for what he did." Funny thing is, Nat Fleischer, longtime editor of the Ring Record Book, rated Johnson as the greatest heavyweight of all time. At the same time, Fleischer didn't rate Ali, the self-proclaimed greatest ever, among his top 10.
March 20, 2008 |
Another King, another season-ending injury. This time, it was rookie defenseman Jack Johnson, who suffered a non-displaced fracture to his right foot. The injury occurred in the first period of Tuesday night's game, a 2-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks at Staples Center. He played one shift in the second period and did not return.