shop by

Shelby's Folly : Jack Dempsey, Doc Kearns, and the Shakedown of a Montana Boomtown (Hardcover)

Author: Kelly, Jason

Customer Reviews   Write a Review

Be the first to review this item and earn 25 Rakuten Super Points™

Product Overview

In 1923, not long after oil had started gushing from northern Montana fields, real-estate sales in nearby Shelby were declining, dimming the little town?s prospects of becoming the ?Tulsa of the West.? Then the mayor?s son dreamed up a marketing ploy: offer to host heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey?s next fight. What began as a publicity stunt soon spiraled into a civic drama unlike any Montana had ever seen?or ever would again.Shelby?s Folly tells this story in full for the first time.

Against the background of boom-and-bust Montana history, the folly of Shelby?s would-be promoters unfolds in colorful detail. It took months to persuade Dempsey?s conniving manager, Jack ?Doc? Kearns, to sign a $300,000 contract. With less than two months before the July 4th fight, the town still had no stadium and no accommodations for tens of thousands of expected fans. Jason Kelly describes the promoters? desperate measures and their disastrous results, from the first inkling of the idea to the bitter end of the fifteen-round boxing match. Shelby residents identified with the underdog challenger, Tommy Gibbons, who went toe-to-toe with the champion in an atmosphere crackling with tension. Nerves were so frayed that a holiday firecracker exploding in the arena sent shockwaves of fear through the crowd. A soap opera of financial intrigue and chicanery,Shelby?s Folly chronicles how Big Sky ambition and the scheming mind of Doc Kearns collided to produce one of the most preposterous series of events in boxing history.


Publisher Univ of Nebraska Pr
Mfg Part# 9780803226555
SKU 212643848
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0803226551
Release Date 5/1/2010
Product Attributes
eBooks Kobo
Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0214
Publisher University of Nebraska Press
$25.29 + free shipping
$26.95 You save $1.66 (6%)
Rakuten Super Points Earn 26 ($0.26) Rakuten Super Points™
What are Rakuten Super Points™?
Get rewarded when you shop! Earn 1 point per dollar spent. That's like getting cash back on every purchase. Easy to see matured points in checkout. Use points just like cash.
Learn More
Get this item for
(price with shipping)
(redeem points)
Format: Hardcover
Condition: Brand New
In Stock. Usually Ships in 1 to 2 business days
Please select an option to buy
Add to Cart

What is a Marketplace and Shop Owner?
  • Our marketplace is a platform where approved third-party retailers (Shop Owners) can sell their products
  • Items are sold and shipped by Shop Owners
  • Your credit card and personal information remain secure; meets all PCI Security Standards.
  • Purchases can only be returned to the Shop Owner
  • All purchases receive Rakuten Super Points™
Promotions & Offers (1)
  •  custom promo
    5% Back* Sitewide with Promo Code Rewardme *See page for details
Buy From Other Sellers (1)
  • Take your library with you wherever you go
  • Use the device you want to use… smartphone, desktop and many of today’s most popular eReaders


We love the Kobo eReading service… and we know you will too. We’ve partnered with them to bring you the most flexible, enjoyable eReading experience in the U.S.


You’ll be asked to sign in or create a new account with Kobo. Once you do, you’ll immediately get access to millions of titles and be ready to start eReading. Anytime. Anyplace.

continue to kobo