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Pabst Blue Ribbon Bouts

Time for beer, pretzels, and Wednesday Night Fights!

3 old time radio show recordings
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Play a sample episode from September 12, 1956:

"Saxton Vs Basilo 1956"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Sonny Ray Willie Pastrano Boxing 1960
Boxing, The Sweet Science. Boxing is one of the oldest sports, as well as one of the earliest professional sports. In the earliest days of professional boxing, the sport was a savage and brutal exhibition, with few rules and lots of blood. The matches held in private clubs and there was a great deal of betting on the outcomes. Thus, the sport of boxing developed a stigma that it was still overcoming in the 40's and 50's.

Pabst Blue RibbonIt was corporate sponsorship of the bouts that helped to legitimize professional boxing. The Gillette Razor company was one of the first marketers to recognize the profitable link between sports and products geared towards men. Gillette became the sole sponsor of the World Series broadcasts in 1939, and in 1942 began broadcasting The Gillette Cavalcade of Sports, featuring regular Friday Night Fights from Madison Square Garden.

The Pabst Blue Ribbon Bouts were Wednesday night fights from 1948 through 1955. The show was on all three major radio networks over the years and was a popular part of the television lineup. The fights broadcasts originated from several arenas around the country and featured a number of title bouts.

The program begins with a call for the listener to get comfortable, and be sure he has plenty of snacks like popcorn or pretzels handy. And of course, plenty of cold beer! After introducing the evening's fighters, the colorman and the blow-by-blow announcer give a quick prefight analysis. Between rounds, in addition to the obligatory plug for Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer and other products, there are interviews with boxers and boxing officials who are in the crowd.

The Blue Ribbon Bouts lack the glitz and polish of a Pay Per View fight in cable TV Seeing the contest through the eyes of the blow-by-blow announcer is a lot of fun and takes the listener back to the days when the fight game was a grittier, more visceral experience.

Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer is an American Style Lager originally brewed in Milwaukee. The Chicago Columbian Exhibition in 1893 awarded the brew as "Best American Beer", prompting the brewery to tie a blue ribbon around the neck of their bottles. Pabst was one of the first brewers to have a coast to coast network of breweries. This American classic received a Gold Medal at the 2006 Great American Beer Festival.

Note this collection included in the larger Boxers, Champions, and Prizefighters Collection.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    3 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 2 hours, 14 min
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      3 shows - total playtime 2 hours 14 minutes
      1. Pabst Blue Ribbon Bouts 560912 Saxton Vs Basilio.mp3
      2. Pabst Blue Ribbon Bouts 570109 Hvt Wgt Bathia Vs Foley.mp3
      3. Pabst Blue Ribbon Bouts 570220 Hvy Wgt Pastrano Vs Holman.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    3 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 2 hours, 14 min
    Add MP3 Collection to Cart

    Click here to see disc contents


      3 shows - total playtime 2 hours 14 minutes
      1. Pabst Blue Ribbon Bouts 560912 Saxton Vs Basilio.mp3
      2. Pabst Blue Ribbon Bouts 570109 Hvt Wgt Bathia Vs Foley.mp3
      3. Pabst Blue Ribbon Bouts 570220 Hvy Wgt Pastrano Vs Holman.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    3 recordings on 3 Audio CDs
    total playtime 2 hours, 14 min

    Disc A001

    1. Pabst Blue Ribbon Bouts 560912 Saxton Vs Basilio

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    Disc A002

    1. Pabst Blue Ribbon Bouts 570109 Hvt Wgt Bathia Vs Foley

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Disc A003

    1. Pabst Blue Ribbon Bouts 570220 Hvy Wgt Pastrano Vs Holman

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00