Tex Rickard

Tex Rickard: the story of his life. The man who was known
as Tex Rickard, was born on Jan 2, 1870 with the byname
of George Lewis Rickard. He led a life of different jobs, I
guess you could say he was a jack of all trades. His life, or
the part of it that dealt with the gold rush, was what I would
say as, short lived. After raising cattle in Texas, and ruling a
little town as the town marshal he decided to move on to
something different. He moved to a small city in Nevada
called Goldfield. Goldfield was a boom town, which came
about with the help of gold, and the fact the Rickard set up a
casino. Now Tex didn\'t make his money by mining for gold
in California or in Nevada, but instead he was a professional
gambler, and fight promoter. It is his final profession that he
decided to stick with, and to say the least, he was most
prosperous in this final job. As a fight promoter his life was
very active. To publicize the community he decided to
promote the world lightweight title fight between Joe Gans
and Oscar Nelson. The fight was a long one, not only was it
more then the normal 12 rounds, but it was nearly 4 times
the normal, being 42 rounds in length. This would be the
start of something big for Rickard. In 1920 he gained control
of Madison Square Garden, and in his new arena he would
stage the first million dollar fight, this would be the first of five
million dollar crowds. Rickards achievements didn\'t just
come to him by luck. He made boxing a sport for all races
and both the sexes. He appealed to the racism in people by
posing a black against a white. He also aroused the patriots
in the country by fighting a draft dodger and a war hero,
along with this he set a American against a foreigner. He was
the first promoter to understand the people, and who was
able to control large crowds. All in all, he was a fighter,
gambler, miner (in the Yukon), and a promoter, and was
prosperous in all. He helped to change the face of the west
by controlling where the people went, and helped California
to grow, making him a very important man in the history of
California and the United States.

Category: History