Something New For Boxing Enthusiasts
For those boxing fans that are looking for something new, different and fresh; I suggest visiting the new boxing exhibit on display at Brooklyn College Library, 2900 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, N.Y.; Hank Kaplan Boxing Archive.
Who was Hank Kaplan? Hank Kaplan (1919-2007), was a curator and collector of boxing memorabilia; as well as a promoter, writer and editor of boxing books, and public relation consultant, as well as founder of Wide World Boxing Digest, writer for Boxing World and Sports Illustrated. Also, a boxing consultant for ESPN,HBO, and Showtime.
While doing all the aforementioned, he amassed a boxing collection considered the largest collection in the world. He owned every copy of The Ring magazine. Kaplan was called “ Lord of Ring “. He kept record of every boxer and trainer in history. Half a million photographs,articles and books on professional boxers and trainers since 1800. Hank knew every champ and every champ knew him.
Has enough been said? There is more!! As a ranking boxing authority Hank became know by the moniker “ Sweet Scientist” in the boxing community. He was elected to the World Boxing Hall of Fame (1999) commission. Was honored with the James J. Walker Award for long and meritorious service, from the Boxing Hall of Fame (2006).
Thanks Hank, you were a real boxing historian.
Upon his death, his family donated his boxing archives to Brooklyn College Library, FREE, as per his request. Kaplan died December 14, 2007, after a battle with cancer.
Boxing enthusiasts will be delighted with interest upon visiting the exhibit at Brooklyn College Campus Library.
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