Regular price $185.00

Johnny Addie (Ring announcer, boxing. Born, New York, NY, Aug. 12, 1902; died, New York, NY, December 12, 1971.) Starting at the Fort Hamilton Arena in 1942, Johnny Addie became one of the better-known of the small club announcers, reinforcing the tradition of working in a tuxedo (now an industry norm) and, having learned sufficient Spanish, introducing Latin fighters in their native language. Born as one of eight Addonizio children on the Lower East Side, Addie achieved the height of his profession when he first worked at Madison Square Garden in 1948. He remained the regular voice of the Garden ring (and its Gillette-sponsored Friday Night Fights) until his finale on Oct. 28, 1971 (George Foreman vs. Luis Pires). He worked over 100 world championships, including several at Yankee Stadium and the Polo Grounds. Offered here is a very scarce signed photograph of Johnny Addie inscribed to former boxer Vince Handley.
This is an original photograph of Johnny Addie. Signed in ink, "Always the best to go. Vinnie Johnny Addie 6-27-71." Signed less than 6 months before his death. Bold, clear image. Not creased or torn. Clean front and back. 5" x 7." The first signed photo of Johnny Addie we have had to offer.

Size: 5 x 7

Condition: excellent