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Sam Berger

Full name: Samuel "Sam" Berger
Gender: Male
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
Weight: 181 lbs (82 kg)
Born: December 25, 1884 in Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: February 23, 1925 in San Francisco, California, United States
Affiliations: Olympic Club, San Francisco (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Boxing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

A member of the Olympic Club of San Francisco, Sam Berger defeated William Michaels in the semi-finals and Charles Mayer, the middleweight champion, in the finals to win the heavyweight title in the 1904 Olympics. Berger then turned professional. He was expected to be a promising candidate for the heavyweight title but experts claimed he lacked the killer instinct necessary for survival in the ring, and he finished his short-lived pro career with a record of 3 wins and 2 losses. His debut as a professional was a win over Jim Casey in February 1905. He won his first three bouts, and then in 1906 lost a non-title "no-decision" fight against the reigning world light-heavyweight champion, Philadelphia Jack O’Brien. His last fight was in October 1906 when he lost a 10-round decision to Abe Kaufman. Berger later served as a sparring partner and manager to Jim Jeffries when Jeffries made a comeback late in his career Berger lived in San Francisco and eventually opened and ran a clothing store in that town.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1904 Summer 19 St. Louis Boxing Men's Heavyweight United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR R T
1904 Summer 19 St. Louis Boxing United States USA Final Round Match 1/2 1 1904-09-22 Berger (USA) , Mayer (USA) decision
1904 Summer 19 St. Louis Boxing United States USA Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1904-09-21 Berger (USA) , Michaels (USA) knock-out 3 1:35