Leonard, Benny (Benjamin Leiner)

(1896–1947)
   US boxing champion. A poor boy from New York’s Lower East Side, Leonard went in for prize-fighting at the age of fifteen and became the greatest lightweight boxer in the history of the sport. After holding the world championship for eight years he retired undefeated in 1925. During World War II he was a lieutenant-commander in the US Maritime Service. He took a keen interest in Jewish sport and was chairman of the Maccabi National Sports Board. He died in the ring while refereeing a match.

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  • LEONARD, BENNY — (Benjamin (Dov B er) Leiner; The Ghetto Wizard, The Great Bennah ; 1896–1947), U.S. boxer, lightweight champion from 1917 to 1925, among the greatest lightweight fighters of the 20th century and one of the greatest Jewish sports figures of all… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Leonard, Benny — ▪ American athlete byname of  Benjamin Leiner   born April 7, 1896, New York, N.Y., U.S. died April 18, 1947, New York       American world lightweight (135 lb [61.2 kg]) boxing champion from May 28, 1917, when he knocked out Freddy Welsh in nine …   Universalium

  • Leonard, Benny (Leiner, Benjamin) — (1896 1947)    American boxer. Born in New York City, he became the world champion lightweight boxer in 1917 and remained so until his retirement in 1925 …   Dictionary of Jewish Biography

  • Benny Leonard — Daten Geburtsname Benjamin Leiner Gewichtsklasse Leichtgewicht Nationalität US amerikanisch Geburtstag …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Benny — ist eine Kurzform folgender männlicher Vornamen: Benedetto Benedikt Benjamin Benny ist der Vorname folgender Personen: Benny Andersson (* 1946), schwedischer Musiker, Komponist und Musikproduzent Benny Barnes (1934/1936 1985/1987), US… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Benny Leonard — Benjamin Leiner (boxer) …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • Benny Leonard — Infobox Boxer name = Benny Leonard nationality = American realname = Benjamin Leiner nickname = Ghetto Wizard weight = lightweight birth date = April 17 1896 birth place = death date = April 18 1947 death place = style = total = 213 wins = 157 KO …   Wikipedia

  • Benny Leonard — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Leonard. Benny Leonard Jack Dempsey, Harry Houdini et Benny Leonard (à droite) …   Wikipédia en Français

  • List of Jews in sports — This list includes Jews who have had outstanding achievements in sports.The criteria is:a) 1 3 places winners at major international tournaments; b) for team sports, winning in preliminary competitions of finals at major international tournaments …   Wikipedia

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