(1884 - 1925)
Samuel Berger was the first Olympic Heavyweight Boxing Champion, winning his gold medal in Boxing at the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis. The St. Louis Games marked the first time boxing was included on the Olympic program. The 6' 2", 200-pound Berger turned professional immediately after the Olympics, but fought as a pro for only two years. Berger was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.