Photograph Album-Scrapbook for an almost-big-time middle-weight fighter, Ernie Vigh, who really ‘coulda been a contender and shouda had shots at a coupla title fights’
Photograph Album-Scrapbook for an almost-big-time middle-weight fighter, Ernie Vigh, who really ‘coulda been a contender and shouda had shots at a coupla title fights’
Photograph Album-Scrapbook for an almost-big-time middle-weight fighter, Ernie Vigh, who really ‘coulda been a contender and shouda had shots at a coupla title fights’
Photograph Album-Scrapbook for an almost-big-time middle-weight fighter, Ernie Vigh, who really ‘coulda been a contender and shouda had shots at a coupla title fights’
Photograph Album-Scrapbook for an almost-big-time middle-weight fighter, Ernie Vigh, who really ‘coulda been a contender and shouda had shots at a coupla title fights’
Photograph Album-Scrapbook for an almost-big-time middle-weight fighter, Ernie Vigh, who really ‘coulda been a contender and shouda had shots at a coupla title fights’

Photograph Album-Scrapbook for an almost-big-time middle-weight fighter, Ernie Vigh, who really ‘coulda been a contender and shouda had shots at a coupla title fights’

New York: 1939-1949. Album. This 12” x 14.5” album contains 54 pages loaded with about 20 photographs, dozens of newspaper clippings and half-tone pictures, cartoons, telegrams, reservation cards, etc. All of the photos are in nice shape.

The photos are professional, and about half are ringside action images. One photo shows Ernie holding a “heavy bag” while Joe Louis punches away. A couple show Ernie, with a badly bruised face, in a business suit apparently meeting with a promoter.

Most of the newspaper clippings are also in nice shape; some of the headlines show some wear.

Everything has been mounted using photo corners. Several of the pages have heavily worn edges and the binding holes on some have been neatly mended. The album cover has some light wear. No doubt this album was kept by Ernie’s wife, Margaret, as one 8” x 10” photo is signed “To Margaret with all my love for always, Ernie.”. Very good. Item #009145

Vigh fought professionally from 1938 to 1949 and ended up with a 61-12-1 record. 41 of his victories were by knock-out. He was a New York working-class favorite who was featured in bouts at Madison Square Gardens. He fought against Georgie Abrams, Steve Mamakos, Johnny Colan, and Anto Raadik. Vigh twice ended up losing bouts on points after nearly knocking out his opponents. The first time was against Coley Welch and the second was against Billy Soose. Vigh fought Soose twice; in the first bout although the crowd and press were certain that he easily bested Soose, for some reason the judges unanimously found Soose the winner on points. In a rematch, although Vigh knocked Soose down in the eighth round, he again lost the bout on points. Soose went on to beat Ken Overlin for the middleweight crown in a match that many thought should have belonged to Vigh. There was just no telling how or why those 1940s boxing judges saw things the way they did.

Vigh served in the Coast Guard during World War II, and made a brief attempt to return to the ring but ended up retiring after a split decision loss in 1949. He used his savings to open a “joint” in Queens, Ernie’s Bar and Grill. Unfortunately, he died young in a car crash in 1951 at the age of 31. (See George’s “Ernie Vigh: Worth the Telling” at boxing.com.)

A terrific visual record of a good, but not great, fighter’s career and of the New York boxing scene at the height of the sport’s popularity in the 1940s.

Price: $750.00

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