1950 Ring Magazine Heavyweight Championship Belt awarded to Ezzard Charles

Issued by
Ring Magazine, American, founded 1922
Received by
Charles, Ezzard Mack, American, 1921 - 1975
Manufactured by
Unidentified
Date
1950
Medium
cloth , leather , brass (alloy) , enamel , elastic
Dimensions
H x W x D: 6 11/16 × 43 5/16 × 1 in. (17 × 110 × 2.5 cm)
Description
1950 Ring Magazine Heavyweight Championship Belt awarded to Ezzard Charles. Elasticated belt consisting of bands of red, white and blue fabric over gold backing. Both ends are leather with three straps and three buckles for fastening. Large central brass plate and three smaller plates on either side all depicted with right facing eagles on top. Center plate reads [The RING / MAGAZINE / AWARD / WORLD / HEAVYWEIGHT / CHAMPIONSHIP / WON BY / EZZARD CHARLES]. The three plates to the left read [DEFEATED / JOE WALCOTT / 15 ROUNDS N.B.A. TITLE / JUNE 22, 1949 / IN / CHICAGO], [KNOCKED OUT / GUS LESNEVICH / 7 ROUNDS / AUG. 10, 1949 / IN / NEW YORK], and [DEFEATED / JOE LOUIS / IN / 15 ROUNDS]. The three plates to the right read [AT / YANKEE STADIUM / NEW YORK / SEPT. 27, / 1950] (plate is continuation of plate on other side of center plate), [KNOCKED OUT / PATVALENTINO / 8 ROUND / OCT 14 1949 / IN SAN FRANCISCO], and [KNOCKED OUT / FREDDY BESHORE / 14 ROUNDS / AUG 15, 1950 / IN / BUFFALO].
Place used
United States, North and Central America
Classification
Awards and Medals
Type
belts (costume accessories)
Topic
Athletes
Boxing
Sports
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Deborah Charles in loving memory of Ezzard Charles
Object number
2017.28.1
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
GUID
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