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Sammy Mandell
(Salvador Mandala; ? Samuel Mandella)
(the "Rockford Sheik")

BORN February 2 1904; Piana Dei Greci, Sicily (Some sources report February 5 1904 in Rockford, Illinois)
DIED November 7 1967; Oak Park, Illinois
HEIGHT 5-6
WEIGHT 110-146 lbs
MANAGERS Eddie Long, Eddie Kane, Hugh Shannon
RECORD 82-21-9 (32 KO, 73 ND, 2 NC)

 

Mandell was an outstanding, clever fighter who carried a solid punch, fast hands and superb defensive skills; He possessed amazing reflexes and perfect coordination -- a slight drop of the shoulder, a quick move of the head, a raising of the elbow, a shift of the feet -- and an opponent's blow missed, was parried or was countered with a rapid-fire assortment of punches; He has been much underrated over the years; During his career, he won the Lightweight Championship of the World

Sammy defeated such men as Jimmy McLarnin, Tony Canzoneri, Rocky Kansas, Jack Bernstein, Sid Terris, Jackie Fields, Spug Meyers and Jack Zivic

Mandell was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1998

1920
Jan 14 Stub Lowery                Camp Grant, Il                   ND  4
Feb  5 Benny Shapiro              St. Louis, Mo                     W  8
       Joe Mandell                Sterling, Il                     EX   
       Joe Mandell                Freeport, Il                     EX   
Apr  7 Johnny Hagerman            Camp Grant, Il                   KO  3
Apr 21 Johnny Gannon              Rockford, Il                     TK  3
May 31 Kid Unser                  Camp Grant, Il                   KO  3
Jul 28 Johnny Gannon              Camp Grant, Il                   ND  8
Aug  5 Kid Corbett                Belvidere, Il                    KO  4
Aug 14 Frankie Izzo               East Chicago, In                 ND 10
Aug 28 Barney Doolan              East Chicago, In                 ND 10
Sep  7 Kid Flannery               Camp Grant, Il                   ND 10
Oct  5 Barney Doolan              Kenosha, Wi                      ND  8

1921
Jan  1 Joe Dillon                 Milwaukee, Wi                    ND  8
Mar 16 Johnny Hagen               Janesville, Wi                   ND 10
May 18 Johnny Gannon              Camp Grant, Il                   NC  5
Jun  9 Johnny Gannon              Rockford, Il                     ND 10
Jun 28 Mike Eulo                  East Chicago, In                 KO  1
Jul  1 Stanley Everett            Pekin, Il                        ND 10
Jul 15 Babe Asher                 Aurora, Il                       ND 10
Aug 17 Willie Green               Camp Grant, Il                   ND 10
Aug 26 "Memphis" Pal Moore        Aurora, Il                       ND 10
Sep  5 Young Farrell              Aurora, Il                       ND 10
Oct  7 Joey Miller                Cedar Rapids, Il                 ND 10
Nov  3 Barney Doolan              Chicago, Il                      KO  3
Nov 29 Jack Eile                  Chicago, Il                      ND 10
Dec  5 Sammy Frager               Omaha, Ne                        KO  4

1922
Jan 13 Jack Eile                  Chicago, Il                      ND 10
Jan 23 Eddie Ketchell             Terre Haute, In                  ND 10
Feb 13 Frankie Garcia             Memphis, Tn                      ND  8
Mar 16 Whitey Ross                LaSalle, Il                      ND 10
Apr  7 George Spencer             Chicago, Il                      WF  5
May 30 Joe Burman                 Aurora, Il                       ND 10
Jun  5 Marty Henderson            Rockford, Il                     ND 10
Jun 26 Eddie Anderson             Moline, Il                       ND 10
Jul  4 "Memphis" Pal Moore        Memphis, Tn                      ND  8
Aug  7 Johnny McCoy               Memphis, Tn                      ND  8
Oct 30 Jack "Kid" Wolfe           Kenosha, Wi                      ND 10
          -Some sources report "Cincinnati, Oh"
Nov 20 Joey Sangor                Milwaukee, Wi                    ND 10
Nov 27 Sammy Frager               Memphis, Tn                      TK  6
Dec 11 Harvey Bright              New York, NY                      W 10
Dec 19 Frankie Howell             Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  5

1923
Feb  1 Stewart McLean             Minneapolis, Mn                  ND 10
Feb  9 Frankie Garcia             Chicago, Il                      ND 10
Feb 15 Eddie Anderson             Minneapolis, Mn                  ND 10
Mar  9 Joey Sangor                Minneapolis, Mn                  LT  7
Apr 24 Johnny Lisse               Chicago, Il                      TK  6
May 21 Eddie Walsh                Chicago, Il                      TK  2
May 29 Frankie Garcia             Chicago, Il                      ND  8
May 31 Johnny Mahoney             Davenport, Ia                    KO  5
Jun 13 Jack "Kid" Wolfe           Cincinnati, Oh                   ND 12
Jun 21 George Butch               Aurora, Il                       ND  8
Jun 26 Henry Lenard               East Chicago, In                 TK  4
Jul 23 Sailor Larson              Peoria, Il                       ND 10
Jul 31 Frankie Frisco             Aurora, Il                       ND  8
Aug 24 Harry Kabakoff             Aurora, Il                       ND 10
Aug 28 K.O. Mars                  Covington, Ky                    ND 10
Sep 17 Joey Fox                   Aurora, Il                       ND 10
Oct  5 Eddie "Kid" Wagner         Aurora, Il                       ND 10
Oct 20 Harry "Kid" Brown          New York, NY                      W 12
Nov 13 Babe Herman                New York, NY                      W 12
Dec  3 Eddie Brady                East Chicago, In                 ND 10
Dec 17 Sid Terris                 New York, NY                      D 10

1924
Jan 11 Jack Bernstein             New York, NY                      D 15
Mar 24 Mickey O'Dowd              East Chicago, In                 ND 10
Apr 21 Billy Henry                East Chicago, In                 ND 10
May 17 Jack Bernstein             Louisville, Ky                   ND 12
May 31 Paul Fritsch               Michigan City, In                ND 10
Jun  9 Johnny Dundee              East Chicago, In                 ND 10
Jul 18 Joe Azzarella              East Chicago, In                 ND 10
Aug 14 Eddie "Kid" Wagner         Youngstown, Oh                   ND 12
Aug 18 Archie Walker              Cleveland, Oh                    ND 10
Sep 12 Dick Hoppe                 Los Angeles, Ca                   W  4
Sep 24 Billy Wallace              Oakland, Ca                       W  4
Sep 26 Frankie Burns              Los Angeles, Ca                   W  4
Sep 29 Johnny Adams               Vernon, Ca                        W  4
Oct  7 Phil Salvadore             Vernon, Ca                        L  4
Nov  7 Jack Bernstein             New York, NY                      W 12

1925
Jan 12 Charley Feraci             Memphis, Tn                      TK  5
Feb  6 Sid Terris                 New York, NY                      W 12
Apr  3 Joe Seiloff                Madison, Wi                      ND 10
Apr 20 Joe Azzarella              Janesville, Wi                   ND 10
May 18 Jimmy Goodrich             Long Island City, NY             LF  6
          -Semi-Final Bout in a Lightweight Title Tournament
Jun  6 Phil Salvadore             Los Angeles, Ca                   W 10
Jul 17 Solly Seeman               East Chicago, In                 ND 10
Aug  6 Frankie Burns              Madison, Wi                      ND 10
Aug 17 Sid Barbarian              Detroit, Mi                      ND 10
Aug 25 Solly Seeman               Brooklyn, NY                      W 10
Aug 31 Bobby Ward                 St. Louis, Mo                    ND 10
Sep 17 Eddie Raynor               Champaign, Il                    TK  4
Oct 12 Phil McGraw                Windsor, Ont, Can                 D 12
Dec  7 Jimmy Cashill              Peoria, Il                       ND 10

1926
Jan 15 Teddy O'Hara               Hollywood, Ca                     W 10
Jan 22 Babe Picato                Bakersfield, Ca                  KO  7
Jan 27 Jack Sparr                 Wilmington, Ca                    W 10
Feb  5 Johnny Adams               Hollywood, Ca                     W 10
Feb 16 Teddy O'Hara               Los Angeles, Ca                   W 10
Apr  9 Harry "Kid" Brown          East Chicago, In                 ND 10
Apr 30 Charley Feraci             San Diego, Ca                     W 10
May  7 Sidney Glick               Hollywood, Ca                    TK  2
Jul  3 Rocky Kansas               Chicago, Il                       W 10
          -Lightweight Championship of the World
Oct  8 Joe Jawson                 Rockford, Il                     ND 10
Oct 20 Larry Cappo                Kansas City, Mo                  ND 10
Oct 29 Clausine Vincent           Oklahoma City, Ok                 W 10
Nov 12 Jack Duffy                 Toledo, Oh                       ND 12
Nov 15 Ray Moore                  Louisville, Ky                   KO  6

1927
Jan 10 Jimmy Lanning              Pittsburg, Ks                    ND 10
Jan 14 Eddie Dwyer                Wichita, Ks                      ND 10
Jan 31 Armand Schackels           Tampa, Fl                         W 10
Mar 25 Tommy White                Dallas, Tx                       ND 10
Apr  4 Jackie Fields              Los Angeles, Ca                  ND 12
Apr 11 Johnny Valdez              Tucson, Az                       KO  2
Jun  1 Steve Adams                Kansas City, Mo                  KO  2
Jul 16 Phil McGraw                Detroit, Mi                       W 10
Sep  5 Midget Guery               Dayton, Ky                       ND 10
Oct 11 Joe Trabon                 Kansas City, Mo                  ND 10
Oct 24 Wildcat Monte              Tulsa, Ok                        KO  3
Nov 15 Spug Myers                 Chicago, Il                       W 10
Nov 23 Babe Ruth                  Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10
Dec  9 Jimmy Sacco                Boston, Ma                        W 10
Dec 16 Johnny O'Donnell           Minneapolis, Mn                  ND 10

1928
Jan 13 Billy Petrolle             Minneapolis, Mn                  ND 10
Feb 23 Jackie Fields              Chicago, Il                       W 10
Apr 27 Eddie "Kid" Wagner         Detroit, Mi                       W 10
May 21 Jimmy McLarnin             New York, NY                      W 15
          -Lightweight Championship of the World
Jun 26 Jack Zivic                 Los Angeles, Ca                  TK  7
Aug 14 Johnny O'Donnell           Janesville, Wi                   TK  8
Sep 25 Jimmy Goodrich             Flint, Mi                        LT  2

1929
Jan 22 Jack Gillespie             Indianapolis, In                 ND 10
Feb  4 Don Davis                  Peoria, Il                        W 10
Apr 12 Benny Duke                 Grand Rapids, Mi                  W 10
Apr 25 Frankie Nelson             Lansing, Mi                       W 10
Jun  6 Jackie Nichols             Muskegon, Mi                     TK  7
Jun 20 Tony Lombardo              Jackson, Mi                       W 10
Aug  2 Tony Canzoneri             Chicago, Il                       W 10
          -Lightweight Championship of the World
Aug 28 Frankie Frisco             Petoskey, Il                     TK  3
Sep  6 Luis Vicentini             Chicago, Il                       W 10
Sep 23 Ray Kiser                  Memphis, Tn                       W 10
Nov  4 Jimmy McLarnin             Chicago, Il                       L 10
Nov 21 Joe Azzarella              Milwaukee, Wi                    KO  2
Dec 12 Herman Perlick             Grand Rapids, Mi                  W 10

1930
Jan 15 Manuel Quintero            Miami Beach, Fl                   D 10
Feb  3 Joey Goodman               Cleveland, Oh                     W 10
Mar  1 Jimmy McLarnin             Chicago, Il                       L 10
Apr 30 Pee Wee Jarrell            Grand Rapids, Mi                  W 10
May  9 Tommy Grogan               Omaha, Ne                         D 10
Jun 17 Izzy Kline                 Lansing, Mi                      KO  3
Jul 17 Al Singer                  New York, NY                     LK  1
          -Lightweight Championship of the World
Sep 15 Mickey O'Neill             Janesville, Wi                    W 10
Sep 26 Tommy Herman               Chicago, Il                       W  8
Oct  2 Spug Meyers                Cedar Rapids, Ia                 ND 10
Oct  9 Joe Trippe                 Buffalo, NY                       W 10
Oct 27 Tony Ligouri               Des Moines, Ia                   ND 10
Dec  1 Steve Halaiko              Rochester, NY                     L 10
Dec  5 Maxie Strub                Erie, Pa                          L 10

1931
Feb 27 Dick Gore                  Daytona Beach, Fl                KO  4
Mar 31 Jose Estrada               Daytona Beach, Fl                 W 10
Jul 10 Wilbur Stokes              Tampa, Fl                         D 10
Aug 14 Steve Wolanin              Utica, NY                         L 10
Aug 24 Louis "Kid" Kaplan         Hartford, Ct                      L 10
Sep  8 Owens Duvernay             New Orleans, La                   W 10
Oct  8 Joey Harrison              Paterson, NJ                      D 10
Nov  4 Ralph Lenny                Chicago, Il                      NC  8

1932
Feb 17 Jimmy Spivey               Daytona Beach, Fl                 W 10
Mar 14 Gus Campbell               Miami, Fl                         L 10
Apr 11 Eddie Foster               Daytona Beach, Fl                 W 10
Jun 17 Frankie Diaz               El Centro, Ca                     W  6
Jul  8 Tod Morgan                 Hollywood, Ca                     L 10
Oct 25 Billy Hoon                 Clinton, Ia                      ND 10
Nov 25 Hayden "Young" Stuhley     Clinton, Ia                      ND 10

1933
Jun 14 Ray Collins                Ashtabula, Oh                     W 10
Jun 19 Ronnie Headley             Ottawa, Ont, Can                  L 10
Jul  4 Frankie Hayes              Ottawa, Ont, Can                  W 10
Aug  2 Bud Jennings               London, Ont, Can                 KO  4
Aug 19 Tommy Bland                Kirkland Lake, Ont, Can           L 10
Sep  4 "Iowa" Joe Rivers          Windsor, Ont, Can                 L 10
Oct 13 Mickey Serrian             Syracuse, NY                      L  6
Oct 23 Jackie Davis               Cleveland, Oh                     L 10
Nov  6 Battling Nelson            Sioux City, Ia                   ND  8
Dec 11 Johnny Stanton             Sioux Falls, SD                   D 10
Dec 15 Sherald Kennard            Fargo, ND                         W 10

1934
Jan 31 Tony Herrera               El Paso, Tx                      LK  6
Feb 16 Chico Vasquez              Tucson, Az                       KO  6
Feb 23 Mike Nelson                Tucson, Az                        W  8
Mar  2 Tommy Elks                 Nogales, Az                      KO  2
Mar 13 Al Manfredo                Fresno, Ca                       LK  4
Mar 23 Archie Kovich              Reno, Nv                          D 10
Apr 12 Chico Vasquez              Cheyenne, Wy                     KO  2
Jun 27 Joe Bernal                 Oakland, Ca                      LK  6


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

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