In The Field of Sport

Posted by David Middlecamp on August 9, 2013 

July 11, 1907 San Luis Obispo Telegram devoted less than two of six half-columns to sports. The bottom half of the page was filled with a house ad soliciting subscribers.


The early days of the San Luis Obispo Telegram were not stellar. The paper was started as a scolding temperance voice.

Anywhere outside this realm the paper was half hearted and indifferent.

For example, the sports section was less than one-sixth of a page mostly taken up with an illustration of a boxer.

Two of the news squibs mention Joe Gans, who was scheduled to box in San Francisco in two months.

Gans was notable as the first African-American World Boxing Champion.

At this time he was the reigning World Lightweight Champion.

His photographs look nothing like the line drawing.


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