Jake LaMotta

Jake LaMotta

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Description
Giacobbe Jake LaMotta (1922-2017) was an American professional boxer. Between 1941-1954 The Bronx Bull won 83 bouts, 30 by knock out, with 19 losses and four draws, becoming middleweight champion of the world from June 16, 1949 – February 14, 1951. Later in his career, the fighter moved to the light heavyweight class.
After boxing, LaMotta owned a bar, acted and did stand up comedy. In 1960 he admitted to fixing a fight in 1947 due to mob influence. In 1980, Director Martin Scorsese adapted the oft-troubled boxer’s 1970 autobiography Raging Bull <9> into a feature film.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Button
button, boxing
button
date made
ca 1950
Maker
Topps Chewing Gum
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1 1/4 in; x 3.175 cm
ID Number
1982.0566.23
accession number
1982.0566
catalog number
1982.0566.23
subject
Boxing
Professional
Sports
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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