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Re: Noah Brusso/Tommy Burns
Posted by: Ray Mayer (ID *****8668) Date: June 29, 2005 at 11:32:25
In Reply to: Re: Noah Brusso/Tommy Burns by Mary Benko of 79

A little extra info from the book review:
Like most biographies, this one uses a chronological approach, beginning with Burns' birth on June 17, 1881, in a log cabin just outside Hanover, Ontario, and concluding in 1961, five years after Burns' death, when, as the result of fundraising efforts begun by a Vancouver sports writer, Dick Beddoes, a memorial plaque was finally placed on Burns' Vancouver grave. In fact, Tommy Burns was really Noah Brusso, the twelfth of 13 children. Taken out of school at age 10 and put into the workforce, Brusso, at 19, became a prizefighter in the United States.

Because his mother objected to his boxing, he assumed the Irish sounding name of Tommy Burns in a futile attempt to hide his activities from her.

Understandably, most of the book's contents focus on the pugilistic aspects of Burns' life, but McCaffery does not ignore Burns' personal life. A particularly positive aspect of the book is that, in his attempt to rehabilitate Burns, McCaffery does not paint Burns as a paragon, and he includes some of Burns' character "warts." The final chapter, "Shortchanged by History," is where McCaffery marshals his evidence to assign Burns his "true" ranking in the listing of world heavyweight boxing champions.

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