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LOST TREASURE - - - THE MADISON SQUARE GARDEN BOWL

ALSO KNOWN AS  "THE JINX BOWL"

THE JINXED "GRAVEYARD OF CHAMPIONS"

NO CHAMPION EVER DEFENDED THEIR TITLE SUCCESSFULLY

You heard of the Spink's jinx . . .

and the curse of the Bambino . . .

 . . . but there was place in boxing history that was truly a Jinx, a long time ago, referenced as the "Graveyard of Champions." In is the fact that not one single champion entered that ring and came out holding his championship belt. It was Long Island City, in the 1930's and the venue was the Madison Square Garden Bowl.

The Madison Square Garden Bowl was the brainstorm of “Tex” Rickard, the famous boxing promoter and founder of the New York Rangers. Located on Northern Boulevard at 48th Street in Long Island City, the 72,000-seat arena was built for $132,000. Ground was broken in 1929 and it was completed in 1932. Rickard died before its completion, and the stadium was cursed from day one.

No champion who boxed there ever retained his crown, from its first fight on June 21, 1932, when Jack Sharkey relieved Max Schmeling of his title, to its last on May 28, 1938, when Henry Armstrong won the welterweight championship from Barney Ross.

Though featured in the 2005 film “Cinderella Man,” the stadium was gone decades before that. It was torn down during World War II, its metal components melted down to make bullets and other war materials, and replaced with an Army Postal Concentration Center to handle mail.

Situated in Long Island City, the Madison Square Garden Bowl was a roomy Depression-era spinoff of Rickard’s midtown Manhattan branch, built in 1932 at 45th Street and Northern Boulevard, an immense outdoor stadium that could seat up to 72,000 people. It was not a regular venue but instead hosted big-ticket events during the summer. The Bowl cost the Garden only $160,000 to build, designed for high capacity if not longevity.

The Bowl hosted more than boxing, famously hosting several vigorous midget auto races (that’s like NASCAR for really small cars). “They had these midget auto races there and a lot of times the fumes of whatever it was they used to keep ’em going would spill through the entire neighborhood,” recollected Yankees legend and neighbor Whitey Ford.* “If the wind was blowin’ the right way, we could get asphyxiated in our apartments if we didn’t keep the windows closed.”

During World War II, the arena saw little use, and Garden management soon gave up on it entirely, tearing it down in 1942, to be replaced with a mail depot for the U.S. Army. At some point that too was ripped down. Today the area is host to A Home Depot, a Mall, and a Guitar Center.

Site of the former Madison Square Garden Bowl 2017

The site later became home to factories, and then car dealerships and a shopping center. The stadium, nicknamed the Jinx Bowl, goes down as one of the great flops of Queens sports history.

JLM

* from Queens Chronicle, Queens NY.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAJOR FIGHTS AT THE MADISON SQUARE GARDEN BOWL, WHERE NOBODY EVER SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED THEIR TITLE.

6/21/32 Jack Sharkey defeats Max Schmeling UD 15

7/18/32 Jackie "Kid" Berg defeats Kid Chocolate SD 15

9/17/34 Jimmy McLarnin defeats Barney Ross SD 15

6/13/35 Jimmy Braddock defeats Max Bear UD 15

5/28/38 Henry Armstrong defeats Barney Ross UD 15

 


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