The Greatest Champion that Never was

William Lawrence Stribling, Jr., known as Young Stribling, was born in a small southern Georgia town in 1904. The son of a store clerk and a farmer¿s daughter, the direction of his life seemed set. He should have lived out his years in that rural setting, but he was performing in vaudeville before his 4th birthday and was a professional prizefighter by the age of 16. His rise through the boxing ranks and classifications was meteoric and he soon earned himself a place among the top fighters in the world. Stribling married his high school sweetheart and the couple had three children. Over the course of his career, Young Stribling traveled the world, rubbing shoulders with celebrities, sports legends, even royalty. Jack Dempsey counted him a close friend and Al Capone wanted to buy his contract and manage his career. Stribling was also a championship basketball player, an accomplished golfer, an exceptional tennis player, and a pilot and speedboat racer. He even attracted the attention of Hollywood and was approached to star in a move about himself. But he was always happiest at home in Macon, Georgia, with his family and friends. Young Stribling¿s boxing career spanned 12 years. During that time he fought 287 matches, winning 224 and losing only 12. The rest were draws or ¿no decision¿ fights. Although he never achieved the championship title he sought, Young Stribling was true to himself and the values with which he¿d been raised. The most important things in his world were sportsmanship, honor, and doing his best. He never did less.

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Publisher Mercer University Press
Release Date
ISBN 0881462527
Pages 261 pages
Rating 4/5 (24 users)