Jersey’s Frank: Sinatra at 100

Dec 04, 2015 634

By Richard Muti

Natalina "Dolly" Garaventa, not yet 17, and Antonino Martino "Marty" Sinatra, older by two years, ran away from their Hoboken homes—but didn't go far. They eloped to Jersey City, two miles away, and were married on Valentine's Day 1913.

Both had emigrated from Italy as children—Dolly from the north, near Genoa, and Marty from Sicily in the South. He was a bantamweight boxer, fighting as Marty O'Brien. It was common for Italian boxers to take Irish ring names, in order to appeal to a wider audience. 

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