Chris Rothe and the Write Notepads & Co. outdid themselves when designing the special edition, Goldfield Notebook set! The package is an homage to one of Baltimore's hero and legendary pugulist, Joe Gans. Not only did Joe grace the boxing world with his scientific approach to pugilism, but opened the door to people of all races and creeds to enjoy his vibrant establishment, The Goldfield.
Joe Gans, boxing’s "Old Master", was born in Baltimore in 1874. Gans was the first African-American to hold a world boxing title, which he held from 1902-1908. On Labor Day in 1906, he defended his title against Oscar “Battling” Nelson at Goldfield, Nevada in what was billed as the Fight of the Century. Gans knocked out his opponent after forty-two grueling rounds in the desert and took one third of the $11,000 purse home to Baltimore. In Monument City, he opened the Goldfield Hotel at Lexington and Colvin (present site of the main post office) downtown.
The bar in the Goldfield regularly featured ragtime great Eubie Blake and was a favorite stop of Jack Johnson when he was in town. While 7,000 souls turned out for "The Old Master’s" funeral in 1910, Gans has been largely forgotten, especially in his hometown.
See Chris Rothe talk about Joe Gans: https://youtu.be/N_L4s_U4TGU
The Goldfield - Limited Edition Pocket Notebooks by Write Notepads & Co.
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