Video Script

Script for Third Man in the Ring Video

Barbara (VO): Why would anyone want to become a boxer?

On Screen: boxing photos of various boxers being slammed appear on the screen.

After running through a number of boxing photos,

Barbara (VO): Now I’ll tell you why men become boxers — to make money. As Jack Dempsey once said

,“When you’re fighting, you’re ighting for one thing – money.” (show pictures of Jack Dempsey)

Barbara (VO): The lure of making big money is so great that they are willing to face all the pitfalls of boxing like:

Brain damage: Almost 87% of boxers suffer some degree of brain damage.

Death: (show pictures of Benny “Kid” Paret)

Barbara (VO): Teddy Martin was a poor boy who grew up to be a prizefighter, a coach for the NY Daily News Golden Gloves team, a professional fight referee, a union official, a bookmaker, and a liquor store owner. Teddy Martin was my Dad.

On Screen: show pictures of Teddy through the years.

Barbara (VO): Dad’s birth name was Louis Stolfi, but to disguise his boxing career from his parents he took the name Teddy Martin. He did really good in his early matches. Good enough so that Sammy Goldman, the manager of Tony Canzoneri, the reigning lightweight champion, looked upon Dad as Tony’s replacement when Tony retired. 

Unfortunately, as Dad was pitted against stiffer competition, his lack of a knockout punch caused by a broken arm he suffered as a boy hampered his progress as a boxer. Dad retired from boxing, but he so loved the sport that Paul Gallico, the sports editor of the NY Daily News, arranged for him to coach the Golden Gloves team and referee amateur boxing.

On Screen: show more pix of Teddy’s boxing career with Tony Canzoneri, pix of Teddy with Golden Gloves team

Barbara (VO): Dad was in a quandary now. After earning about $600 a fight, a very nice sum during the Depression, he had to find a way to earn good money. Refereeing amateur boxing couldn’t come close to matching his previous earnings.

Dad’s brother Joe got him a job with the NY Central Railroad at St. John’s Station in Manhattan. It was here that his bookmaking career began. The workers at St. John’s were big horse players and they were always broke. Dad had saved a large sum from his boxing days. Enough to loan the workmen the money to bet and then booked their bets.

On Screen: show pix of St. John’s Station