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Friday Night Fighter: Gaspar "Indio" Ortega and the Golden Age of Television Boxing

Troy Rondinone


This book relives a lost moment in American postwar history, when boxing ruled as one of the nation's most widely televised sports. During the 1950s and 1960s, viewers tuned in weekly, sometimes even daily, to watch widely recognized fighters engage in primordial battle; the Gillette Cavalcade of Sports Friday Night Fights was the most popular fight show. This book follows the dual narratives of the Friday Night Fights show and the individual story of Gaspar “Indio” Ortega, a boxer who appeared on prime-time network television more than almost any other boxer in history. From humble beginnings ... More

Keywords: American postwar history, postwar boxing, televised sport, television show, Gaspar Ortega, boxer, televised boxing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780252037375
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037375.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Troy Rondinone, author
Southern Connecticut