When Boxing Was a Jewish Sport

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  • Written by Allen J. Bodner & Joanne B. Ciulla
  • ISBN 027595353X
  • Format: Hardcover, 207pp
  • Pub. Date: December 1997
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated

From the Barnes & Noble Site:
This is a splendid oral history of a time between World War I and World War II when Jewish athletes were the dominant ethnic group in professional boxing in the United States. The author draws on his own personal experience in New York City's fight arenas, and incorporates interviews with more than thirty former boxers, trainers, managers, promoters, and boxing judges to report on this overlooked aspect of sports history. Bodner explores the stories of the Jewish boxers both inside and outside the ring and also examines their lives as they left the ring to pursue their careers which ranged from fire chiefs to boxing judges to hospital presidents.

Responding to the implied question of "what's a nice Jewish boy like you doing in boxing?," attorney Bodner answered: 1) that his father was an amateur boxer in the 1920s and professional manager during the 1930s and 1940s, and 2) that he was not alone. He educates us on the facts that from 1910-40, there were 26 Jewish world champions; by 1928, Jews were the dominant ethnic group in the sport; and on the American dream-fostered motivations of these stereotyped cerebral people of the Book to go into this sport. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

See also, Jewish Boxers