Sailor Friedman

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Sailor Friedman

Name: Sailor Friedman
Birth Name: David Edelman
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died: 1968-01-06 (Age:68)
Height: 170cm
Reach: 175cm
Pro Boxer: Record

Manager: Max Hoff
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  • Last name often-times spelled "Freedman" by newspapers of his day.
  • Per IBRO JOURNAL #73, p.51 (March 15, 2002): Edelman/Friedman/Freedman ran away from home in 1914, arriving in South Philadelphia. He worked as a newsboy, and as an employee in one of Max Hoff's gambling rooms.
  • He served in the United States Navy circa 1915-1918, serving on the USS Michigan. In 1915 he won the bantamweight title at the Great lakes Naval Training Station.
  • At one time he served a one year suspension for fighting with a doctored glove.
Sailor Friedman
  • On July 23, 1922, while in Chicago, Freedman and two other men allegedly murdered Abraham Rubin, a taxicab driver, who was said to have ties to the bootleg liquor trade as a transporter. (This was during America's prohibition era of 1919-1933.) The jury was deadlocked after the first trial. The second trial resulted in a conviction and a sentence of 14 years for Freedman. However, his lawyer was able to secure another hearing (trial?), resulting in Freedman's exoneration.
  • After his boxing career ended, it is said, he continued his ties with the criminal "underworld."
  • He allegedly engaged in private drug trafficking and as a bodyguard for Max Hoff, as well as being a small stockholder in the Quaker Industrial Alcohol Company. He was kidnapped and beaten by two armed men on the eve of a 1923 bout in Milwaukee. In a 1928 grand jury probe, Lewis Elfman identified Freedman as his assailant. He was arrested, but lawyer Benjamin Golder got the charges dropped, due to a lack of evidence.
  • In 1942 Friedman rejoined the navy, once again passing though boot camp at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station, where he had entered more than 20 years earlier. Friedman served in the US Navy during World War 1 and World War 11!
  • Friedman was Jewish.

Record Issues:

Several fights have been listed in Friedman's records (e.g., [[T. S. Andrews World�s Sporting Annual Record Books|T. S. Andrews Record Book]] series & Everlast Boxing Record) that have not been located and verified. It is quite likely that they occurred in private, perhaps under less than professional circumstances. These fights include the following:

  • 1916: Young Early, Won 6 rounds; Jimmy Valentine, No decision, 6 rounds.
  • 1917: Al Hennessey, Won 6 rounds; Charley Metrie, Won 6 rounds; Joe Sullivan, Won 6 rounds (a second time); Ira Lang, Won 10 rounds; Eddie Gilmore, Won 10 rounds.
  • 1918: Earl Henderson, Won ko 2 rounds.
  • 1919: Chet Neff, Won 4 rounds.

Some other fights have been ascribed to Friedman, also unverified or disproven:

  • 1922: Red Herring, Lost on points. This appeared in a newspaper record for Herring only.
  • 1925: A report in the New York Times supposedly states that Friedman lost to a man named Nichols three or four days before he met Mickey Walker in a 12-rounder. Since "Nichols" is not known from any other fights, this may be a case of incorrect identification.

There was also an incorrect report of Friedman fighting a six-rounder in Philadelphia, but it was actually one Soldier Freeman who had that fight.