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 Jim Jeffries

Jim Jeffries

Original Name James
Birth
Carroll, Fairfield County, Ohio, USA
Death 3 Mar 1953 (aged 77)
Burbank, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Sequoia Plot, Lot 122, Grave 7
Memorial ID 3548 · View Source
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World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. Born on a farm in Carroll, Ohio, he began his fight career in Southern California at the age of 15. Nearly 6'2" and 214 pounds in his prime, Jeffries could absorb staggering amounts of punishment, wearing down his opponents before finishing them off with a right to the stomach-left-hook to the jaw combination. His technique won him the nickname "The Boilermaker". He won the World Heavyweight Title from Bob Fitzsimmons in 1899, fought off challenger Gentleman Jim Corbett twice and retired undefeated in 1905. In 1910 Jeffries was persuaded to make a comeback as "The Great White Hope" against reigning Champion Jack Johnson, the first African-American to hold the title, only to lose by a technical knock-out in the final round. Jeffries later ran a saloon in Downtown Los Angeles and worked as a fight promoter. Some of his fights were captured on film, and he was reportedly also a technical advisor on the Warner Bros. biopic "Gentleman Jim" (1941), starring Errol Flynn as his old adversary Corbett. He died at his ranch in Burbank, California. Howard O. Sackler's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "The Great White Hope" (1969) was based on the racial dynamics behind Jeffries' bout with Johnson.

Bio by: Bobb Edwards


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  • Added: 9 Sep 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3548
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jim Jeffries (15 Apr 1875–3 Mar 1953), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3548, citing Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .