Name: Jim Hegerle
Birth Name: James H. Hegerle
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
Died: 2007-06-26 (Age:71)
Hometown: Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
Height: 5′ 8″ / 173cm
Reach: 66″ / 168cm
Boxing Record: click
Hegerle grew up in the West Seventh neighborhood in St. Paul, Minnesota playing baseball and hockey, and ran track and was a star football player at Monroe High School, where he graduated in 1954. The Green Bay Packers recruited Hegerle to play football, but he passed on the chance because "boxing was his main love," said granddaughter Heather Horrigan.
Hegerle had a four bout rivalry with Minneapolis boxer Joe Schmolze, splitting two bouts a piece between 1956 and 1959. Hegerle would retire in 1962, after a loss to Nino Benvenuti. A medical examination at the University of Minnesota, later determined that he had suffered brain damage.
Outside of boxing, Hegerle worked for NP Railroad and Whirlpool and owned various businesses, including a fencing company, a pizza parlor on West Seventh Street and several beauty parlors (he attended beauty school from 1957 to 1959 and once boasted of the "privilege" of doing Miss Minnesota's hair for the Miss America pageant). He also went to nursing school and became a certified nursing assistant. Hegerle had an amateur record of 46-4.
Tale of the Tape: Height: 5' 8" Reach: 66" Neck: 17" Forearm: 14" Wrist: 7.5" Waist: 29.5" Chest: 43" Biceps: 15" Ankle: 9.5"
- Obituary in St. Paul Pioneer-Press  (Accessed: July 16, 2007)