Harry Greb Original Press Photo “The Pittsburgh Windmill”
Harry Greb (June 6, 1894 – October 22, 1926) was an American professional boxer. Nicknamed “The Pittsburgh Windmill”, he was the American light heavyweight champion from 1922 to 1923 and world middleweight champion from 1923 to 1926. He fought a recorded 298 times in his 13 year-career, which began at around 140 pounds. He fought against the best opposition the talent-rich 1910s and 20s could provide him, frequently squaring off against light heavyweights and even heavyweights. Harry Greb had a highly aggressive, very fast, swarming style of fighting and buried his opponents under a blizzard of punches. He was elusive with very good footwork to jump in and out on opponents. He was also a master at dirty fighting and had no qualms about employing all manner of dubious tactics, such as spinning his opponent and using the heel and laces of his gloves. Greb often got as much as he gave and unbeknownst to the press continued to fight a number of matches even as he became blind in one eye, due to an injury suffered in an earlier match. The ‘Pittsburgh Windmill’ was also very durable, suffering only 2 TKO losses in his whole career. Harry Greb known as “The Human Windmill” for his tenacious boxing style won the World Middleweight Championship on August 31, 1923 over Johnny Wilson. He successfully defended it five times before losing to Tiger Flowers on February 26, 1926. A few months after losing the rematch to Flowers he was involved in an auto accident. He died on October 22, 1926 from complications in surgery. His career posted 264 victories including notables like Gene Tunney, Mickey Walker, Tommy Loughran and Jimmy Delaney.
On offer is an original press photograph of Harry Greb hitting the heavy bag. It is in beautiful condition, no creases, no bends, very clean, It has the original International News Photos Stamp on the back plus The Ring Magazine Stamp. A crystal clear, sharp image of Greb!