After World War I, the nation was feeling the effects of a long war and returning soldiers struggled with shell shock and trying to return to some semblance of normalcy in their life. In the heart of Harlem, New York, at the corner of 116th Street and 8th Avenue Billy Grupp opened Grupp’s Gymnasium.
It would become known as the preeminent gym in New York City during this time period and offered everything the young, driven boxer could want. Grupp’s Gymnasium provided an open layout and an abundance of light. Sugar Ray Robinson trained here and called it “Grupp’s College.” Jack Dempsey trained for a period of time at Grupp’s as well when he was 20. He recalled that it was a great environment in which to learn and that there were always great fighters to learn from, and veterans willing to share their experiences.
The sounds of Grupp’s Gymnasium only echo now in the memories of one was, having been silenced by the lines of downtrodden to filter to the soup kitchen that now holds down this location.
Slinging on this comfortable tee with the Grupp’s logo can immediately conjure forth the attitude so many fighters had when training at this gym. Enjoy style and comfort while sporting a legendary boxing gym’s original logo.
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