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    Abe Simon

    Jew Score:
    10

    I4

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    May 30, 1913 – October 24, 1969

    Regular readers know about our aversion to unimaginative Jewish sporting nicknames. We will not name the biggest offender here (it starts with "Heb" and ends with "ammer"). Instead, we will talk about heavyweight boxer Abe Simon.

    As we discussed previously, there have never been many high-level Jewish heavyweights. Even when Jewish boxing was at its peak, landsmen excelled at smaller weight classes. (There is a reason Jewish mothers keep begging their sons to eat.) The one exception is Max Baer. (Who didn't have a Jewish mother, so perhaps that explains it.)

    Another exception is Abe Simon. Unlike Baer, he did not become world champion, but he got close twice. Sadly, on both occasions Joe Louis, one of the greatest boxers ever, stood in his way. Simon lost title bouts by TKO in 1941 and 1942.

    Simon's nickname?

    "The Ape."

    On second thought, "Hebrew Hammer" doesn't sound too bad...

    Verdict: Jew.

    February 21, 2022

    See Also

    Max Baer

    Sam Berger

    Jack Dempsey

    Maxie Rosenbloom

    Cletus Seldin
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