National Hall

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San Francisco, CA, USA Boxing Club

The National Hall was located in San Francisco's Mission District, on 16th and Mission Street. From the mid-1920s through 1949 it would serve as San Francisco's second-tier club.

During the 1920s and 30s, its shows were usually held on Wednesday nights, which typically put it in competition with shows across the bay in Oakland. Initially the promoter at the venue was Al Young. After Young stopped promoting at National Hall, Benny Ford and Al Young would promote at National Hall in 1938 and 1939. Ford later left and started promoting at San Francisco's larger venues, while Young died in 1940. During the early 1940s, the shows appeared on various nights, usually Mondays or Wednesdays. It eventually would settle in as a Friday night club.

In the early 40s, the matchmaker at the venue was Frank Scaler. By the mid-1940s its matchmaker was Willie Bourne. In 1949 Bobby Johnson, former boxing coach at the University of California, and referee in Seattle and San Mateo, had been appointed referee and matchmaker, working with then promoter Lou Thomas.

The club would become one of many clubs to shutdown during the late 1940s and early 50s, during the advent of television and migration of Americans to the suburbs.