Ernie Fliegel

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Name: Ernie Fliegel
Born: 1904-05-11
Died: 1982-07-11 (Age:78)
Nationality: US American
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Boxing Record: click

Ernie Fliegel quit the ring after losing an eye during his last bout (with Billy DeFoe) in 1927. Thereafter he managed boxers, including Frankie Battaglia, the Canadian middleweight champion. In 1931 he was with Jack Dempsey's "comeback" training camp in San Francisco. Dempsey would appear off and on in local vaudeville shows with an act called The Albee Sisters. One of those sisters was Fliegel's wife-to-be, and it was Dempsey who introduced the two to each other. Dempsey would often visit the Fliegels' Minneapolis home in the 1950s.

In 1935, Fliegel opened a restaurant in Minneapolis that he and partner Max Winter (who would eventually found the Minnesota Vikings football team) called The 620 Club. It was at 620 Hennepin Ave, which at the time was the "Broadway" of Minneapolis. What made the restaurant unique was that it specialized in turkey, and by the mid-1950s was selling more of it than any other eatery in the country (250,000+ lbs/year). It closed its doors in 1965. In the late 1940s, Fliegel was Max Winter's silent partner in the founding of the Minneapolis Lakers basketball team (which became the Los Angeles Lakers), along with partners Ben Berger, Maurice Chalfen, and Sid Hartman.

Ernie Fliegel died on July 11, 1982 at the age of 78. He had immigrated to the United States from Romania in 1910 at the age of six.

Source: Fliegel's son, Bob Fliegel, St. Augustine, FL

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