Jackie Fields

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Jackie Fields
Jackie Fields LOC.jpg
Rated at Welterweight
Height 5 ft 7 12 in (171 cm)
Reach 69 in (175 cm)
Nationality American
Born Jacob Finkelstein
(1908-02-09)February 9, 1908
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died June 3, 1987(1987-06-03) (aged 79)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Boxing record
Total fights 84
Wins 72
Wins by KO 31
Losses 9
Draws 2
No contests 1

Jackie Fields (Jacob Finkelstein, February 9, 1908 – June 3, 1987) was an American professional boxer who won the World Welterweight Championship twice.[1] Statistical boxing website BoxRec lists Fields as the #19 ranked welterweight of all-time.[2][3] Fields was elected to the United Savings-Helms Hall of Boxing Fame in 1972, the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1979, the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1987, and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2004.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Jackie Fields, who was Jewish, was born Jacob Finkelstein in Chicago, Illinois, on February 9, 1908.[6][7] He was married on August 12, 1931. The couple separated in December 1940 and his wife, Martha, was granted a divorce in May 1944.[8] Fields died in 1987 at the age of 79 in Los Angeles, California.[4] At the time he was part owner of the Tropicana Hotel.[3]

Amateur career[edit]

Over the course of Field's amateur career, he participated in 54 fights, winning 51 of them. Fields won a gold medal in featherweight boxing at the age of only 16 in the 1924 Summer Olympics. He was at the time the youngest boxer to win a gold medal.[5]

Olympic results (1924)[edit]

Professional career[edit]

Competing as a welterweight, Fields won the 1929 and 1932 championship titles.[3]

On July 25, 1929 Fields faced Joe Dundee in a match for the welterweight championship. Fields was awarded the fight in the second round after Dundee, having been knocked down twice, delivered a foul blow which left Fields incapable of continuing the fight. Dundee, who had taken a $50,000 advance to participate in the fight, claimed that the foul was unintentional.[9] Fields stated he believed Dundee, but noted that it was the only bout he had ever won on a foul.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Lineal Welterweight Champs". Cyber Boxing Zone. 
  2. ^ All-Time Welterweight Rankings. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-04-11.
  3. ^ a b c "Olympian Fields dies at 79". The Palm Beach Post. June 20, 1987. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Jackie Fields". International Boxing Hall of Fame. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Jackie Fields Inducted Into Helms Fame Hall". The Press-Courier. June 27, 1972. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  6. ^ Taylor, Paul (2004). Jews and the Olympic Games. Sussex Academic Press. p. 228. ISBN 9781903900871. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  7. ^ Siegman, Joseph (2000). Jewish sports legends: the International Jewish Hall of Fame (3rd ed.). United States: Brassey's. 
  8. ^ "Mrs. Jackie Fields Is Granted Divorce". Youngstown Vindicator. May 24, 1944. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  9. ^ Dunkley, Charles (July 26, 1929). "Jackie Fields Becomes Champ on Foul Blow". The Miami News. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  10. ^ Dunkley, Charles W. (July 26, 1929). "Jackie Fields Wins Title as Welterweight Champion on Foul from Joe Dundee". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 

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Preceded by
Joe Dundee
World Welterweight Champion
March 25, 1929 – May 9, 1930
Succeeded by
Jack Thompson
Preceded by
Lou Brouillard
World Welterweight Champion
January 28, 1932 – February 22, 1933
Succeeded by
Young Corbett III