Morrie Schlaifer

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Name: Morrie Schlaifer
Alias: "The Fighting Fool" "Jack Ryan"
Birth Name: Morris Schlaifer
Born: 1901-00-00
Died: 1959-01-18 (Age:58)
Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Boxing Record: click

Per the Feb. 6, 1925 Daily News Searchlight newspaper of Bremerton, WA, USA, Morris Schlaifer was also known as the "Murdering Jew."

Records about Morris Schlaifer are difficult to navigate. There was a Morris Edward Schlaifer born 2-4-1895 in Omaha that died in 1980 in Westchester, NY. He worked as a clerk in the embassy from 1917-1920 and was 5'7" inches tall. He sort of fits but I found his passport picture and it just doesn't look like the same guy. Also, in his two draft cards (wwi and ww2) he is listed as "fair" complexioned, and the boxer Schlaifer does not look fair to me. (He also is wearing glasses in his passport photo)

There is a Morris Schlaifer born April 1st 1894 in Russia who died in 1978 in Florida. These are the vitals that were listed on Boxrec that I've changed. I can't find any reason to believe this Morris is the boxer Schlaifer other than faulty genealogy from family trees in Ancestry.Com. They seem to just have taken a leap of faith that he is the one and put his name in as a child of Abraham Schlaifer of Omaha.

I can't find a record of a Morris Schlaifer who is a child of Abraham in any census data, however, there is a "Boris" who is his child and is in the 1910 and 1930 census living with him. He lived 1901-1959. He could be mistakenly reported as "Boris" instead of "Morris, although I doubt it.I believe that the first one, Morris Edward Schlaifer, and Boris Schlaifer, son of Abraham are related. I don't think the Morris Schlaifer who died in Florida is related.

I found a newspaper story from 1923 that said Schlaifer the boxer was 21, which seems more in line with where he was in his career than 26 or 27 which he would be if he were born in 1894 and 1895, so for now I have changed his birth year to 1901.

(David McWater) I found his obit in the January 19th, 1959 edition of the Columbus Daily Telegram. He died at age 57 of a heart attack in Omaha on January 18th, 1959. His obit says he made $100,000 in boxing but was hounded by creditors after he retired. Also says he started fighting at 17 under the name "Jack Ryan" and was nicknamed "The Fighting Fool". Says Mickey Walker called him the hardest hitter he ever faced.