Books [Industrial Folklore of Chicago]
Text of Interview (Unedited)
NAME OF WORKER Nelson Algren
ADDRESS 3232 Victoria Avenue
DATE April 13, 1939
SUBJECT Industrial folklore of Chicago
NAME OF INFORMANT Davey Day
“You're from that newspaper I guess? I always come down for a newspaper man - I guess there's a story in this alright. Aint there?
“Yep, I'm him; Davey Day, that fast-stepping Jewboy on his way up, all fight and fancy footwork. And nothin' wrong with the old heart, I guess you know, was you listenin' Monday nights.
“Well, that one's over now, but Pian(Co-manager) is going to get him again for me at the ball park. I'll beat him(Henry Armstrong) there, this is my lucky town. Dropped just one pro fight in my life here, that was in 1931, my fourth fight. I've licked everybody you want to name right around this town . . Frankie Sagilio, Roger Bernard, Bobby Pacho and I guess maybe a hundred others. And you can bet that Armstrong will got on that list, too, 'cause little Davey is on his way up and he got that ol' confdence.
“I licked Lou Ambers too, but that was in N. Y. and he was the champ, so they tossed him the duke. Wait'll I'm the champ though - I'll keep it right here in my old home town, and they'll be tossin' the duke at me like that too. I'll be the houseman then.