Krieger, Solly : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum

Krieger, Solly

A member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, Krieger was the world middleweight champion in 1938-39.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. March 28, 1909 - d. September 24, 1965

Career Highlights:
After a successful amateur career, where he was a Golden Gloves champion, Krieger turned professional in 1928, but did not get a title shot for 10 years. In November 1938, in his 91st professional fight, Krieger won the NBA (National Boxing Association) world middleweight title in a major upset when he defeated Al Hostak in 15-rounds.

Krieger's reign was short-lived though as he only defended it once, seven months later against Hostak; he was knocked out in the fourth-round knockout. Although he defeated Jewish fighter Herbie Katz in 1940, he did not get another title shot and retired in 1941. Krieger is a member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

Brooklyn, New York

Physical description:
5'8", 160-165 pounds

Career Statistics:
Professional record:
Wins: 81 (54 by knockout)
Losses: 24
Draws: 7

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Jewish Sports Legends: The International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, by Joseph Siegman (Washington, D.C.: Brassey's, 2000)
encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co, 1965)