- Born: 1886-09-10 (New York’s Lower East Side)
- Died: 1979-07-10 (Brooklyn’s Jewish Hospital)
- Age: 92
Sam Taub began his 60-plus years in the boxing game as a newspaperman for New York’s Morning Telegraph, starting as an assistant to the secretary of the publisher. Soon he had become an assistant to the legendary Bat Masterson in the paper’s sports department. By the end of his 20-year stint with the Telegraph, he had become its Sports Editor. He then moved on to join the radio business.
He broadcast some of the first boxing bouts on the then-infant radio medium in 1924. He hosted The Hour of Champions program every Sunday for 24 years from the studios of WHN in New York. He presented Gentleman Jim Corbett’s last interview before his death in 1933, and Sugar Ray Robinson’s first interview. He joined “color man” Angelo Pelange on radio’s Friday Night Fights and became a household name with his catch-phrase “Take it away, Angelo!”
Taub became the first person to announce a major televised fight: the April 4, 1941 Lou Nova-Max Baer bout. In all, he reportedly had seen 12,000-15,000 fights, and broadcast around 7,500 of them (as well as broadcasting some 800 wrestling matches). His last broadcast was the July 16, 1947 Rocky Graziano-Tony Zale bout.
With the possible exception of Nat Fleischer, he won more awards from the boxing community than anyone else, including the James J. Walker Award in 1958 for “Long and Meritorious Service to Boxing.” He was a charter member of the Boxing Writers Association of America, which was founded in 1925, and its recording secretary until 1978. He was installed into the Ring Magazine’s Boxing Hall of Fame in 1978.
Source: The Ring November 1979, p. 96.