|Birth: ||May 17, 1884|
|Death: ||Dec. 23, 1921|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Sam McVey was considered to be one of the greatest Heavyweight African-American boxers of his time. (1900-1920). He was considered to be a strong and tenacious fighter with a quick left hook. He fought 95 bouts in many different countries but only lost 16 fights. He won the "Colored Heavyweight Title" on two occasions. (in his era black fighters rarely fought with white fighters for the World Championship Title and the term "colored" was in useage)His most famous fight was with a Joe Jeanette in Paris in 1910. They went for 20 rounds and McVey knocked Jeanette down 3 times during the bout. According to the Press, the Parisians loved him and he was looked upon as "being invincible" by them. McVey also had documented wins over all of the top black heavyweights.In the early 1920's he did little fighting but devoted much of his time training and developing young fighters at the Commonwealth Sporting Arena in Harlem. He was also an accomplished musician on the piano and had a good singing voice as well.
He died from double pneumonia at the age of 37 years. It appeared that his body would have to be buried in Potter's Field. However, a former competitor Jack Johnson (buried in Graceland Cemetery Cook County Chicago)hurried to New York from Cincinnati, Ohio and paid the funeral expenses so that McVey could be buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Johnson, who held a World Heavyweight Championship title,had fought three times with McVey. Jack Johnson described him as being "the toughest man I ever fought. He hit me harder than I was ever hit before or since. He had a left chop loaded with T.N.T."
On Sam McVey's tombstone are the words 'The idol of Paris"
The two pictures on the right are not copywrited as far as I can tell and when I find out who gets the credit I will post it on this page.
Mount Olivet Cemetery
New York, USA
Created by: Maspeth
Record added: Sep 04, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41552352
Added: Mar. 11, 2011
Rest in Peace Sam. I'm sure that you are remembered yet by family members!|
Added: Sep. 5, 2009