"Harder They Fall"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun May 30 15:57:38 UTC 2004

A request for help from ProQuest and Newspaperarchive and Brooklyn
Daily Eagle mavens:

The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations quotes New Zealand boxer Robert
Fitzsimmons as follows:

The bigger they are, the further they have to fall.
        in Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 11 Aug. 1900

Can anyone supply any earlier versions of this ("the harder they fall,"
etc.) by Fitzsimmons or other boxers or other sources?  And is the
citation above accurate?

Fred Shapiro

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