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Encyclopedia > Sam Langford
Sam Langford
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Real name Sam Langford
Nickname Boston Tar Baby
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m)
Nationality Flag of Canada Canada
Birth date March 4, 1883(1883-03-04)
Birth place Weymouth, Nova Scotia
Death date January 12, 1956 (aged 72)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 314
Wins 200
Wins by KO 130
Losses 47
Draws 46

Sam Langford (March 4, 1883 - January 12, 1956) was an African Canadian boxing standout of the early part of the 20th century. Called the "Greatest Fighter Nobody Knows," by ESPN. [1]Langford was originally from Weymouth Falls, a small community in Nova Scotia, Canada. He was known as the "Boston Bonecrusher", "Boston Terror" or by his most infamous nickname the "Boston Tar Baby," Langford stood only 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) and weighed 185 lb (84 kg) in his prime. Elton Sam Langford (born May 21, 1900-July 31, 1993) was a Major League Baseball center fielder who played three seasons of professional baseball for the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians. ... For the mixed martial arts division of the same name, see Heavyweight (MMA). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 63rd day of the year (64th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1883 (MDCCCLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Weymouth is a river village located in Digby County, Nova Scotia. ... is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 63rd day of the year (64th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1883 (MDCCCLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Black Canadian is a term used to identify a Canadian of African descent. ... Weymouth is a river village located in Digby County, Nova Scotia. ... Motto: Munit Haec et Altera Vincit(Latin) One defends and the other conquers Capital Halifax Largest city Halifax Regional Municipality Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor Mayann E. Francis - Premier Rodney MacDonald (PC) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 11 - Senate seats 10 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area...


Professional career

Langford fought greats from the lightweight division right up to the heavyweights, beating many champions in the process. However, he was never able to secure a world title for himself. The primary reason for this was that heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, after winning their first match, repeatedly refused rematches against Langford, who was considered by some to be the most dangerous challenger for Johnson's crown, although Johnson cited Langford's inability to meet his $30,000 appearance fee. Despite the fact Langford never received his rightful chance at the heavyweight title because of Jack Johnson's refusal to risk his crown against Langford, Ring magazine founder Nat Fleischer rated Langford as one of the ten best heavyweights of all time. // The lightweight is the 130 pounds (59 kilograms) to 135 pounds (61 kilograms) weight class in the sport of boxing. ... For the mixed martial arts division of the same name, see Heavyweight (MMA). ... John Arthur Johnson (March 31, 1878 – June 10, 1946), better known as Jack Johnson and nicknamed the Galveston Giant, was an American boxer and arguably the best heavyweight of his generation. ... Front cover of the first issue of Ring Magazine Ring Magazine is a boxing magazine that was first published in 1922. ...


Langford's most memorable fights were his numerous encounters against fellow Black boxers Sam McVey, Battling Jim Johnson and Joe Jeanette, who all experienced similar barriers in their fighting careers. Langford fought Harry Wills on 22 separate occasions. Langford defeated lightweight champion Joe Gans in 1903, drew with welterweight champion Joe Walcott in 1904, lost to future world heavyweight champion Jack Johnson in 1906, and knocked out former light-heavyweight champion "Philadelphia Jack O'Brien" in 1911, with scores of contender fights in between. His last fight was in 1926, when his failing eyesight finally forced him to retire. Sam McVey (Sam McVea), (b. ... // James Johnson may refer to: James Johnson (musician), minimalist electronic musician James Johnson (musicologist), late 18th-century Scottish musicologist James P. Johnson (1891-1955), New Jersey jazz musician James Thomas Johnson, Author and historian James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938), African-American figure in the Harlem Renaissance James Johnson (World War... Joe Jeanette (b. ... Harry The Black Panther Wills (b. ... Joe Gans in 1899 Joe Gans (November 25, 1874 - August 10, 1910) was born Joseph Gaines in Baltimore, Maryland. ... 1900 (MCMIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Friday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... Joe Walcott, The Barbados Demon was born in Demarara, British Guyana on March 13, 1873, and died October 1, 1935. ... 1904 (MCMIV) was a leap year starting on a Friday (see link for calendar). ... 1906 (MCMVI) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Jack O’Brien serves as an Editor to both CRACKED Magazine and CRACKED.com. ... Year 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Year 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1923, Sam Langford fought and won the last "fight to the finish" for the Mexican Heavywieght title.


Films exist of Langford fighting Fireman Jim Flynn and Bill Lang. One story characterizing his career involved Langford walking out for the 8th round and touching gloves with his opponent. "What's the matter, Sam, it ain't the last round!" said his mystified opponent. "Tis for you son," said Langford, who promptly knocked his opponent out.


Life After Boxing

Langford eventually went completely blind and ended up penniless, living in Harlem, New York City. In 1944, a famous article was published about his plight and money was donated by fans to help Langford. Langford was enshrined in the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1955. He died a year later in Cambridge, Mass., where he had been living with his daughter's family. For other uses, see Harlem (disambiguation). ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... The modern International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) is located in Canastota, New York, United States, within driving distance from the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown and the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta. ... Cambridge City Hall Cambridge is a city in the Greater Boston area of Massachusetts, United States. ...


External links

Profile on Langford by Monte Cox:


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Sam Langford at AllExperts (516 words)
Sam Langford (March 4, 1883 - January 21, 1956) was an african american boxing standout of the early part of the 20th century.
Langford's most memorable fights were his numerous encounters against fellow Black boxers Sam McVey, Battling Jim Johnson and Joe Jeanette, who all experienced similar barriers in their fighting careers.
Langford defeated lightweight champion Joe Gans in 1903, drew with welterweight champion Joe Walcott in 1904, lost to future world heavyweight champion Jack Johnson in 1906, and knocked out former light-heavyweight champion "Philadelphia Jack O'Brien" in 1911, with scores of contender fights in between.
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