FROM THE ARCHIVE: Boston Strong Boy


BOSTON STRONG BOY: The name John L. Sullivan probably is familiar to the average sports fan. The face? Maybe not. Here is a young and very dapper version of the great John L., most likely in the mid-1880s. Sullivan was the first heavyweight champion of the modern era and recognized as the first American sports hero. He was often photographed with a prominent mustache but, as legend has it, he always shaved it off for his fights.

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