Last NameSportCountryYear Inducted

Sport: Boxing
Inducted: 1985
Country: United States
Born: December 25, 1884 in Chicago, Illinois
Died: February 1925

Berger, left, spars with
Jim Jeffries circa 1910.
Sam Berger was the first Olympic Heavyweight Boxing Champion, winning his gold medal at the 1904 St. Louis Olympiad. The St. Louis Games marked the first time boxing was included on the Olympic program.

A longtime leading amateur boxer representing the San Francisco Olympic Club, the 6'2", 200-pound Berger turned professional immediately after the Olympics, but fought as a pro for only two years. His most notable professional bout was a six-round no-decision against Light-Heavyweight Champion Philadelphian Jack O’Brien in July 1906.
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