Gene Tunney’s Boxing Gloves from "The Long Count" Fight Donated to National Museum of American History


WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has acquired objects from the career of boxer Gene Tunney (May 25, 1897 – Nov. 7, 1978), through a donation from the Tunney family. The donation includes two awards, a studio portrait, a screen of boxing prints and the boxing gloves that James Joseph “Gene” Tunney wore in the historic 1927 heavyweight boxing championship rematch fight, commonly known as “The Long Count,” against Jack Dempsey. “The Long Count” was the rematch between world heavyweight champion Tunney and the former champion Dempsey, held Sept. 22, 1927, at Soldier Field in Chicago. Nearly a year before, in Philadelphia Sept. 23, 1926, Tunney had beaten Dempsey in a 10-round unanimous decision to earn the world heavyweight title. The 1927 rematch took place under new boxing rules regarding knockdowns, which stated that a fallen fighter had j