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Willard helped raise the roof at Yankee Stadium

While so much of baseball history has been made within the confines of Yankee Stadium, boxing fans have been provided with their share of joy and elation on the field's 85 years. Don Stradley says "farewell" to the Bronx building by looking back at Jess Willard's heroic win over Floyd Johnson in 1923.

Originally Published: September 21, 2008
By Don Stradley | Special to ESPN.com

Yankee Stadium is in its final day of service and sports fans have spent the summer reminiscing about the on-field drama that made the old shrine legendary. But while The Babe, The Mick, and Joltin' Joe deserve their accolades, it was a fighter who helped set the tone for the stadium's larger-than-life aura in the early going.

No, it wasn't one of the superstars of the day -- not Harry Greb or Benny Leonard -- but rather it was one of boxing's most misunderstood and reluctant warriors: ...

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