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"Sergeant" Sammy Baker
(Peniel Roy Baker)

BORN   February 20 1902; New Hope, Alabama (Various sources report March 20 1902 and September 9 1903; Huntsville, Alabama)
DIED February 10 1984; Decatur, Alabama
HEIGHT 5-8
WEIGHT 143-160 lbs
MANAGERS Steve Webber, Nick Florio, Jack Kearns

Baker was a battler who tangled with the best of his time; He lost but 37 of 156 bouts and scored 53 knockouts; Sammy fought too many bouts per year when he first started and after some years of this, began to fade but continued to fight - and lose (16 of 21 in a losing streak near the end); This makes his splendid record look bad; During his career, he was a top contender for the Welterweight Championship of the World

He defeated such men as William "Gorilla" Jones, Young Corbett III, "Baby" Joe Gans, Mushy Callahan, "Oakland" Jimmy Duffy, Johnny Adams, Ace Hudkins, Andy Divodi, Billy Alger, "Soldier" Jacob Bartfield, Harry "Kid" Brown, Georgie Ward, Eddie "K.O." Roberts, Sailor Friedman, James "Red" Herring, Larry Estridge, George Levine, Jack Zivic, Eddie Shevlin, Clyde Hull, Nick Testo, Chris "Cuddy" DeMarco, Joey Silvers, Young Ketchell, Paul Pirrone, Hans Mueller, Pete August, Joey Raymond and Ted Goodrich

1924
Jun  4 Owen Phelps                Mineola, NY                       KO  4
Jun 18 Jimmy Smith                Mineola, NY                       KO  2
Jun 25 Harry "Kid" Brown          Mineola, NY                       KO  2
Jul 16 Bill Williams              Mineola, NY                       TK  1
Jul 19 Sammy Stearns              Mineola, NY                       KO  1
Jul 30 "K.O." Joe Daly            Mineola, NY                       KO  1
Aug  1 Marty Summers              Mineola, NY                       KO  3
Aug  9 Willie Shaw                Brooklyn, NY                       W  6
Aug 13 Bobby Sheller              Mineola, NY                       KO  6
Aug 22 Dave Webber                Rockaway Beach, NY                KO  2
Aug 27 Jimmy Cancro               Mineola, NY                        W 10
Aug 29 Johnny Adams               Rockaway Beach, NY                 W  6
Sep  1 Harry Galfund              Rockaway Beach, NY                LK  8
Sep 10 Jimmy Ryder                Mineola, NY                       KO  3
Sep 23 Mickey Marks               Brooklyn, NY                      KO  3
Oct  1 Rudy Miller                Mineola, NY                       TK  3
Oct  7 Buddy Saunders             Brooklyn, NY                       L  8
Oct 22 Lee Willetts               Mineola, NY                       KO  7
Oct 28 Buddy Saunders             Brooklyn, NY                       W 12
Nov  8 Svend Helgesen             Brooklyn, NY                      KO  5
Nov 18 Freddie Mack               Brooklyn, NY                      KO 10
Nov 27 "Irish" Tommy Jordan       Mineola, NY                        D  8
Dec 16 Wildman Gould              Brooklyn, NY                       W 10
Dec 25 Billy Ryan                 Mineola, NY                       KO  5

1925
Jan  1 Jimmy Cancro               Brooklyn, NY                       W 10
Jan  8 Ted Nelson                 Brooklyn, NY                       W  6
Jan 16 Tracy Ferguson             New York, NY                       W  6
Jan 24 Paddy Ryan                 Brooklyn, NY                       D  6
Feb 13 Barney Shaw                New York, NY                      KO  2
Feb 19 "Soldier" Jacob Bartfield  Brooklyn, NY                      KO  2
Mar 14 Pete Hartley               Brooklyn, NY                       W  6
Mar 18 Artie Lee                  Mineola, NY                       KO  2
Mar 28 "Irish" Tommy Jordan       Brooklyn, NY                       D 12
Apr 11 George Levine              Brooklyn, NY                       L 10
Apr 22 Pete Hartley               Mineola, NY                        W  8
May  2 Paddy Ryan                 Brooklyn, NY                      KO  4
May  9 Buck Arbuckle              New York, NY                      KO  7
May 15 Eddie Shevlin              Holyoke, Ma                        W 10
May 23 Henry Shaw                 Brooklyn, NY                      TK  5
Jun  1 Larry Estridge             Long Island City, NY               W 12
Jun 12 Al Sears                   Holyoke, Ma                        W 10
Jun 22 Willie Harmon              Long Island City, NY               L 10
Jul 23 Phil Kaplan                New York, NY                       L  8
Jul 30 Harry Galfund              Woodhaven, NY                     LK  2
Aug  1 Jack Rappaport                                                W 12
Aug  3 Joe Carlo                                                    KO  6
Sep  2 Jack McFarland             Mineola, NY                        W 10
Sep 16 Lee Willetts               Mineola, NY                        W 10
Oct  3 Frisco McGale              New York, NY                       W 10
Nov  2 George Levine              Brooklyn, NY                       W 10
Nov 25 Jack Rappaport             Newark, NJ                        LF  2
Dec  7 Jack Zivic                 Brooklyn, NY                      WF  6

1926
Jan  1 Tommy Freeman              New York, NY                      LT  7
Feb 15 Harry Dudley               Newark, NJ                        LK  2
Mar 13 Jack Oakes                 New York, NY                       W 10
Mar 23 Eddie Dempsey              Philadelphia, Pa                   W 10
Apr  5 "Irish" Tommy Jordan       Brooklyn, NY                       W 10
Apr 17 Harry Dudley               New York, NY                      TK  6
May  7 Larry Estridge             New York, NY                      KO  2
May 25 Meyer Cohen                Long Island City, NY              LF  3
Jun 10 James "Red" Herring        Bronx, NY                          W 10
Jul  1 Clarence "Sailor" Darden   Albany, NY                         W 12
Jul  8 Harry Martone              New York, NY                      KO  4
Jul 22 Tommy Freeman              New York, NY                       D 10
Aug  4 Clarence "Sailor" Darden   Brooklyn, NY                       W 10
Aug  8 Paul Gulotta                                                 KO  6
Sep  8 Joe Simonich               Wilkes-Barre, Pa                   W 10
Sep 15 Pete August                Mineola, NY                        W 10
Oct 13 Sailor Friedman            New York, NY                       W 10
Oct 18 "Irish" Tommy Jordan       Brooklyn, NY                       W 10
Oct 25 Sailor Friedman            Scranton, Pa                      NC  4
Nov 27 Willie Harmon              Brooklyn, NY                       L 10

1927
Jan  1 Willie Dillon              Wilkes-Barre, Pa                  TK  2
Jan 10 Henry Goldberg             Brooklyn, NY                      KO  3
Jan 14 Pete Latzo                 Wilkes-Barre, Pa                   L 10
Mar 14 Eddie "K.O." Roberts       New York, NY                       W 10
Apr  5 Georgie Ward               New York, NY                       W 10
May 21 Paul Gulotta               Long Beach, NY                    KO  6
Jun 15 Ace Hudkins                New York, NY                      TK  7
Jul 12 Mushy Callahan             Chicago, Il                       TK  9
Jul 25 Ace Hudkins                Los Angeles, Ca                    L 10
Aug 29 Johnny Adams               Los Angeles, Ca                    W 10
Oct  6 Billy Alger                Chicago, Il                        W 10
Oct 25 "Oakland" Jimmy Duffy      San Francisco, Ca                 TK  5
Nov 15 Billy Hall                 Kansas City, Mo                    W 10

1928
Jan 10 Charley Long               Los Angeles, Ca                    W 10
Feb  3 Gilbert Attell             Hollywood, Ca                     KO  8
Feb 17 Ace Hudkins                New York, NY                       L 10
Mar 23 Clyde Hull                 Boston, Ma                         W 10
Apr 16 Billy Alger                New York, NY                       W 10
Apr 20 Clyde Hull                 Boston, Ma                         W 10
May 11 Billy Drako                Omaha, Ne                         TK 10
May 23 Nick Testo                 Brooklyn, Ny                       W 10
Jun  7 Jack McCarthy              Detroit, Mi                       NC  5
Jul  6 Nick Palmer                Brooklyn, NY                      TK  7
Jul 17 William "Gorilla" Jones    Cleveland, Oh                     ND 10
          -Some sources report 8/29/28
Jul 25 Andy Divodi                Brooklyn, NY                      WF  5
Sep 13 Young Corbett III          New York, NY                       L 12
Sep 26 Young Corbett III          Brooklyn, NY                       W 12
          -Some sources report 9/27/28
Oct  9 Pete August                San Antonio, Tx                   TK  6
Oct 19 Joe Simonich               San Francisco, Ca                  W 10
Oct 30 Jackie Fields              Los Angeles, Ca                   LK  2

1929
Jan  8 Frisco McGale              Portland, Or                       W 10
Jan 22 Charley Long               Portland, Or                       W 10
Feb  7 Pete Meyers                San Francisco, Ca                 LK  6
Apr 15 Clarence "Sailor" Darden   Troy, NY                          TK  8
May 23 "Irish" Tommy Jordan       Huntsville, Al                    KO  8
Jun 26 George Levine              Woodhaven, NY                      W 10
Jul  2 Pete Zivic                 North Braddock, Pa                 W 10
Jul 11 Chris "Cuddy" DeMarco      Bridgeville, Pa                   KO  3
Jul 30 Danny "Irish" Fagan        Poughkeepsie, NY                  KO  8
Aug  6 "Baby" Joe Gans            Long Island City, NY               W 10
Sep  2 Danny "Irish" Fagan        Huntsville, Al                    NC  7
Sep 10 Jerry Kline                Huntsville, Al                    KO  4
Oct  9 Jimmy McLarnin             Bronx, NY                         LK  1
Oct 28 Joey Silvers               Jamaica, NY                       TK  8
Nov  4 Young Ketchell             Philadelphia, Pa                   W 10
Nov 14 Angelo Puglisi             Duluth, Mn                        KO  7

1930
Jan  1 Gene Moretti               Philadelphia, Pa                   W 10
Jan  6 Joe Trippe                 Pittsburgh, Pa                     W 10
Feb  3 Joe Trippe                 Pittsburgh, Pa                     W 10
Feb 14 Johnny Indrisano           Boston, Ma                         L 10
Feb 24 Paulie Walker              Philadelphia, Pa                   D  8
Mar 17 Bucky Lawless              Rochester, NY                      L 10
Apr 14 Vincent Hambright          Pittsburgh, Pa                     W 10
Apr 22 Ted Goodrich               Atlanta, Ga                       TK  8
May 20 Paul Pirrone               Cleveland, Oh                      W 10
Jul  2 "Baby" Joe Gans            Cleveland, Oh                     LK 12
Aug  4 Jack Fiala                 Freeport, NY                      KO  2
Aug 27 Freddie Kelly              White Plains, NY                  KO  5
Sep 14 Ignacio Ara                Havana, Cuba                       L 10
Nov 11 Young Ketchell             Chester, Pa                        L 10
Nov 24 Jack "Buck" McTiernan      Pittsburgh, Pa                     L 10

1931
Jan 26 Grover Mallini             Jamaica, NY                        W  8
Feb 16 Grover Mallini             Jamaica, NY                        W  8
Feb 23 Young Terry                Trenton, NJ                        L 10
Mar 14 Hans Mueller               Brooklyn, NY                       W  6
Mar 30 Eddie Moore                Bridgeport, Ct                    LT  4
May  2 Hans Mueller               Brooklyn, NY                      LK  1
May 26 Young Terry                Newark, NJ                        LT  6
Jun 20 Nick Testo                 Schenectady, NY                    L 10
Aug  4 Sam Crosby                 Atlanta, Ga                        L 10
Sep 18 Steve Wolanin              Utica, NY                          L 10
Oct 12 Pete Suskey                Brooklyn, NY                       L  5
Oct 26 Joey Raymond               Baltimore, Md                     TK  3
Nov 30 "Tiger" Roy Smith          Rochester, NY                      L 10
Dec  7 Sylvan Bass                Baltimore, Md                      L 10

1932
Jan  1 Rufus Miles                Charlotte, NC                      L 10
Aug 22 Dave Webber                Rockaway Beach, NY                KO  2

1933
Feb 13 Larry Marinucci            Jamaica, NY                       LT  3

1934
Jan 22 Joe Rovelli                Syracuse, NY                       L  6

1935
Dec 13 Leo Bailey                 Tampa, Fl                         KO  1

1936
Feb 17 Rudy War                   Clearwater, Fl                    KO  2
Apr  3 Joe Rodriguez              Tampa, Fl                         KO  3
Apr 17 Rudy War                   Tampa, Fl                         KO  3
May 28 Pinky Grey                 Tampa, Fl                          W  6


*** A special "Thank You" to Monica Mallini for data validation ***

Review courtesy of Tracy Callis, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization
 
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