John L. Dorgan

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John L. Dorgan, known as Ike Dorgan, was a bookbinder, boxing manager, press agent, and publicity manager for the Madison Square Garden. He was a founding partner of The Ring magazine.

Biography[edit]

Dorgan was born in San Francisco, California, in April 1879, one of at least 11 children[1]—six sons and five daughters – of Thomas J. and Anna R. Dorgan née Tobin.[2] Among his siblings were Thomas A. "Tad" Dorgan, a prominent cartoonist and creator of "Indoor Sports," as well as a well-known sportswriter; Richard "Dick" Dorgan, a cartoonist, writer, and illustrator; and Joseph V. "Joe" Dorgan.

Ike Dorgan was a bookbinder (very early in his career), boxing manager (for Harry Ebbets and Frank "Fighting Dentist" Moran), press agent (for boxing promoter George L. "Tex" Rickard),[3] and publicity manager for the Madison Square Garden. He was a founding partner of The Ring magazine in February 1922 and remained with this influential publication until his retirement in 1930.[4]

Tad Dorgan was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2007 in the category of "Observer"; that is, print and media journalists, publishers, writers, historians, photographers, and artists.[5] Ironically, Ike Dorgan has not yet been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ike Dorgan and his siblings:
    The Children of Thomas J. and Anna R. Dorgan née Tobin
    Name Nickname Birth Death
    Thomas Aloysius Dorgan Tad 29 April 1877 2 May 1929
    San Francisco CA Great Neck NY
    John Leo Dorgan Ike 15 April 1879 27 December 1960
    San Francisco CA Bayside NY
    Catherine Dorgan 13 November 1880
    San Francisco CA
    Marie Helen Dorgan 20 February 1882 20 May 1939
    San Francisco CA Cincinnati OH
    Charles James Dorgan 16 June 1883 28 September 1922
    San Francisco CA Colfax CA
    Edwin Joseph Dorgan 27 November 1885 31 October 1956
    San Francisco CA Flushing NY
    Anna Loretta Dorgan Nan 14 January 1888 1 June 1967
    San Francisco CA Bayside NY
    Irene Dorgan Eileen / Eile 12 September 1890 5 October 1945
    San Francisco CA Flushing NY
    Richard William Dorgan Dick 24 September 1892 5 May 1953
    San Francisco CA Bayside NY
    Joseph Vincent Dorgan Joe 25 December 1894 8 August 1945
    San Francisco CA Bayside NY
    Alice Anita Dorgan 19 April 1898 15 November 1963
    San Francisco CA Bayside NY
  2. ^ Twelfth Census of the United States
  3. ^ Roberts, Randy. Jack Dempsey: The Manassa Mauler. Urbana, Ill.: University of Illinois Press, 2003, p. 140. ISBN 0-252-07148-4, ISBN 978-0-252-07148-5
  4. ^ "Ike Dorgan" in BoxRec (Boxing Records Archive) Boxing Encyclopaedia
  5. ^ International Boxing Hall of Fame: Observers