Name: MULDOON, WILLIAM CARTE DE VISITE PHOTOGRAPH
History: William Muldoon (May 25, 1852 – June 3, 1933) was the Greco-Roman Wrestling Champion, physical culturist and the first chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission. He once wrestled a match that lasted over seven hours. Nicknamed "The Solid Man," Muldoon established himself as champion in Greco-Roman wrestling in the 1880s and over the years gained a remarkable measure of public influence that would continue through his days as a health farm proprietor in Westchester County and his service on NYSAC. Muldoon was a mainstay in New York sports for over 50 years.In 1889 Muldoon trained John L. Sullivan for his famous 75-round fight against Jake Kilrain for the world heavyweight bare-knuckle boxing championship. He had done so on a friendly wager and offered to absorb expenses if Sullivan lost. Sullivan won and Muldoon gained national notice for restoring the boxing champion to fighting form after Sullivan was dismissed by the press and sporting public as a hopelessly dissipated wreck. Muldoon's methods at accomplishing Sullivan's rejuvenation gained much public interest.Muldoon was never defeated for his Greco-Roman Championship. Offered here is an original carte de visite photograph of William Muldoon as he looked at the height of his wrestling career.
Full description: This carte de visite pictures Muldoon as he looked during his wrestling career. His name is noted under the original photograph. The photograph is slightly faded. Minor soiling. Corners slightly rounded. Blank back. 2 1/2" x 4 1/8." Extremely rare.
Size: 2 1/2 x 4 1/8
Categories: Carte De Visite - Antique Photographs (Pre-1930) - Muldoon, William
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