Dave Lumiansky

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The son of Jewish immigrants from Kovno, Russia, to the United States, "Hatless" Dave Lumiansky had been born December 29, 1887 in Pittsburgh. He later graduated from the University of Boston, then became a boxing manager with headquarters at 183 Palmer Street, New Bedford, Massachusetts, where he worked as an insurance broker[1]. He handled Chick Suggs, Jock McAvoy, Cleto Locatelli, and Panama Al Brown, among others. (He had become Brown's manager shortly after Brown's June 1928 bout with Billy Shaw, succeeding Tom Lahy.)

Lumiansky perhaps was the most-suspended boxing manager of his day. For example:

  • Suspended by the National Boxing Association for having "spread reports in the United States and abroad that Brown was recognized by the National Boxing Association as bantamweight champion." The World (New York newspaper), July 11, 1929, p. 13. (The month before, Brown had been designated "defending world champion" by the NYSAC.)
  • Suspended indefinitely on July 25, 1929 by the Pennsylvania Athletic Commission for allowing Panama Al Brown to leave the state and for Brown's failure to appear at the National League Baseball Park and breaking his contract
  • Suspended indefinitely by the NYSAC July 30, 1929, after a complaint from the Pennsylvania Commission
  • Suspended by the British Boxing Control Board after the scandal he caused December 7, 1932 at the Royal Albert Hall when he would not permit his prodigy Jackie Brown to fight.
  • Suspended by the French Boxing Federation circa 1932
  • Suspended indefinitely October 1, 1933 by the International Boxing Union from French territory, and disqualified in all countries affiliated with the IBU until March 18, 1934.

Known to have included in his contracts a notorious provision that read: "The boxer, in case of death or incapacity prior to the end of the present contract, all rights the manager had do not stop but pass to his heirs, executors,... or anyone with legal rights the boxer accepts equally as a successor manager be designated."

Lumiansky died in August 1962 in the state of Maine.[2]

Some of the above information comes from Eduardo Arroyo's 1982 book: 'Panama' Al Brown 1902-1951.


  • ^ "Sport Shots", Lowell Sun, March 19, 1934
  • ^ Rootsweb.com