Samuel Berger (boxer)
Samuel Berger (left) and Jim Jeffries sparring
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Samuel Berger (December 25, 1884 – February 23, 1925) was an American professional heavyweight boxer who competed in the early twentieth century. Berger joined the Olympic Club in San Francisco when he was 16 years old. In 1901 he won the amateur middleweight championship of the Pacific Coast. In 1902 he won the amateur heavyweight championship. Berger had 40 amateur fights, most of which were won by knockout. Berger had a few professional fights, with some success. He sparred with Bob Fitzsimmons on one of the latter's tours, and managed Jim Jeffries for his fight in Reno, Nevada against Jack Johnson. Berger was also a member of the South End Rowing Club in San Francisco.
He was born in Chicago, Illinois and died in San Francisco, California. He won a gold medal in Boxing at the 1904 Summer Olympics. Berger, who was Jewish, was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.
- "Samuel Berger". International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
- Paul Taylor (2004). Jews and the Olympic Games: The Clash Between Sport and Politics : with a Complete Review of Jewish Olympic Medallists. Sussex Academic Press. p. 225. ISBN 9781903900871. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
- International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame at www.jewishsports.net
- The Making of Champions in California, De Witt Van Court, Walter V. Dobbs (Los Angeles: Press of the Premier Print Co., 1926), pages 45 and 46.
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