That fight film had been shown all over the United States and there were race riots. Eventually they all watch films in my little screening room.”, So what would it cost someone to watch one of the 500 films he kept there? Page last updated 27 April 2020 09:40:41 - Copyright FightFilm, you’re so right - and yes, Steve Lott and a few others deserve every credit too. Jacobs was the associate producer of the series, as well as writer and narrator. In l960 and l965, he captured both the Singles and Doubles crowns. Instead..Jimmy Jacobs left us too early…Bill Cayton was the numbers guy…whereas Jimmy Jacobs was the one who had Tyson’s ear and trust…. He was always keenly interested in all sports and eventually found himself in the sport of handball. and then there was the destruction of Jess Willard by Jack Dempsey. [4] Jacobs became friends with the boxing trainer Cus D'Amato. We want some salty language and good-natured exchanges. Find books James Leslie "Jim" Jacobs was a handball player, boxing manager, comic book and boxing film collector, and an Oscar-nominated documentarian. Indeed, there are those who say Jacobs is the best athlete, regardless of sport, in the country. Jacobs was a remarkably talented all rounder in life. here, Jim Jacobs - Handball Champion, Sports Historian and Boxing Promoter. Jim Jacobs was a helluva nice guy and family friend. Tony offered to restore the films and re-record the fights onto the latest medium, VHS tapes for no charge.He also found the negative to my fathers fight vs Joey Rowan from St Nicks located in the UK. All these fine men deserve our thanks for their interest and their perseverance. I believe that if Jim Jacobs would have handled the end of his run with Tyson better, Tyson may very well not have gotten rid of his team so abruptly. Lightweights: Nelson vs. Wolgast, 1910; Nelson vs. Moran, 1910; Leonard vs. Tendler, 1922; Canzoneri vs. Petrolle, 1932; Ross vs. Petrolle, 1933; Armstrong vs. Ambers, 1939; Williams vs. Bolanos, 1938. The only thing wrong is that you don’t have the correct weight distribution. Those two gentlemen gave the boxing world a gift that keeps on giving. After a multitude of family showings and Veterans affairs groups, they became shotty and torn. I told him I would not lose, and he said that was all right. film library, Big Fights, Inc. here. Dempsey was managed by ‘Doc’ Kearns….and he was quite a scoundrel…...There is still the rumours of the treatment of the wrappings on Jack Dempsey’s hands….prior to the gloves being put on…. He is an inductee of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, the World Boxing Hall of Fame, the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and the US Handball Hall of Fame. Jimmy Jacobs dominated the sport of Four-Wall Handball from l955 to l969, winning every match he played during that I stay in touch with Steve, who’s a really good guy. If you work on that, you could be a top-notch player.’”, The story didn’t end there, as Jacobs explained: “A few months later the national championships were held in the St. Louis YMHA where I had won a previous title. Jimmy won the American Handball Association Singles and Doubles Championships (with Marty Decatur) When I walked in, this redhead was looking at my picture. It’s important to note that Cayton and Jacobs, and associates including Steve Lott, went about their detective work at their own expense, before boxing films had any sustaining value. | Z-Library. Jim Jacob’s then met legen… IF Jimmy Jacobs and Bill Cayton had been able to continue to manage and promote Mike Tyson….Don King would never have darkened Tyson’s door. “I asked him if he would like to play a game. [5] Between 1955 and 1969, he won every national handball competition match he played in. Please keep it clean and civil! A genuine boxing expert who really studied the old films and didn’t just sell them. I don’t recall his exact words now, but he said something like, ‘Sure, but I always find the game more interesting if I put a little money on it.’ I told him that I didn’t bet because frankly, I was very good (Jacobs was the national singles champion at the time) and because I found that I got all the enjoyment I needed without having to bet on the game. 15-year span. Like most websites this site uses cookies; Details as to why are (By the early eighties, he owned more than 16,000 in all). When Joe Louis fought Jim Braddock in Chicago (1937), the film couldn’t be shown in Illinois. James Leslie Jacobs (February 18, 1930 – March 23, 1988) was an American American handball player, boxing manager, Academy Award nominee and comic book and fight film collector. Jacobs proudly boasted: “I defy you to find a fighter who has been prominent in America who has not been up here. Well, I told him if that was the way he felt, okay, that I would play him for two dollars. Explained Jacobs: “One of my idiosyncrasies is that if a person is genuinely interested in seeing an old fighter, he can. [1] He grew up in a single-parent family in Los Angeles. Most people can’t believe this. (This was way before digitized media and celluloid was the order of the day). [2][3] Jacobs was offered the chance to try out for the US Olympic basketball team but declined in order to focus on handball. Jim Jacobs died all too early from leukemia at the age of 58 in 1988. Jim had my father sign a release (which he did with all fighters) saying no-compensation for showing films-basically home use only. Big Fights also produced I admire old fighters…”. It was Jacobs who coined the "sword and shield" handball concept: He relied on left hand as his shield, and the right hand as his sword. [11] The result was that between them they amassed the world's largest collection of fight films (between 16,000 and 26,000),[4][7][12][13] dating from the 1890s through to the present day. Yes, Ted, he was an incredible talent, but a nice guy with it as you say. The partners would eventually possess in excess of 16,000 films. In 1961, Jacobs merged his Historian Jacobs collected the largest library of boxing films in the world. A quirky 1912 U.S. law prohibited interstate commerce of boxing films, so most prize fights filmed in America during the first 40 years of the twentieth century were sold commercially Jim did remarkably well. He suggested we play again for double or nothing. Jacobs died of leukemia in 1988. Awarded the Purple Heart for his war service in Korea, Jim went on to become the U.S. singles handball champion and a legend of the sport. He has the greatest collection of comic books in the world. The single most important event—one which sealed both Tyson’s fate—and, arguably, marked a deep split between governing bodies in boxing—was Jimmy’s death. His collection was thought to contain between 500,000 and 880,000 comics, and had to be stored in … “For example, when Jack Dempsey fought Jess Willard (1919), it was a violation to show the film in New York. Zero, that’s how much. Very little early 20th Century original boxing footage exists today. It’s a myth that a motherload of boxing films existed just for the taking. “I’m more smitten if a guy says he wants to see Mickey Walker in his prime rather than Sugar Ray Leonard. It’s nice to see Jacobs receive some recognition for his contributions to sport, film and pop culture. Under the direction of Cayton, Jim did an excellent job of in-depth analysis and fleshing out the backgrounds to these famous old battles. He did not compete in the National Championships several [6] Whilst touring Europe as a handball player, he began buying up old fight films, many of which had been shipped out of America in the wake of the 1912 Congressional ban on the interstate trafficking of boxing films. [20], Jacobs also acquired an extensive collection of comic books, having read them since his youth. Comics. [16][17] The partnership ended in December 1983, when Benitez bought out his contract in order to manage himself. Here were the major fights, which, thanks to the sterling work of Jacobs and Cayton, finally saw the light in 1965: Heavyweights: Johnson vs. Burns, 1908; Johnson vs. Ketchel, 1909; Johnson vs. Jeffries, 1910; Dempsey vs. Willard, 1919; Dempsey vs. Firpo, 1923; Dempsey vs. Tunney, 1927; Baer vs. Schmeling, 1933; Baer vs. Carnera, 1934; Louis vs. Schmeling, 1936 and 1938; Patterson vs. Johansson, 1960. In 1998 Cayton sold the collection to ESPN for a reported $100 million. There was a fellow, a redhead, about 26, working out on the four-wall court. In or about 1970, my father, former heavywt contender in 1950’s who had 14 televised fights, brought me (at 14 years of age) to Jim Jacobs office by appt near the present Madison Sq Garden. Pitcher Jim Bouton said that Jacobs would have been the last of the .400 hitters if he had picked baseball over handball. He had upon my father’s request made pristine copies of my fathers fights vs. Danny Nardico. [24] He posthumously appeared in the boxing documentaries When We Were Kings and Tyson in archive footage.