Buddy Baer

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Buddy Baer
Real nameJacob Henry Baer
Weight(s) Heavyweight
Height6 ft 6.5 in (1.99 m)
Reach84 in (213 cm)
Nationality Flag of the United States.svg American
Born(1915-06-11)June 11, 1915
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
DiedJuly 18, 1986(1986-07-18) (aged 71)
Martinez, California, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights58
Wins by KO47

Jacob Henry "Buddy" Baer (June 11, 1915 – July 18, 1986) was an American boxer and later an actor in films and on television.

Boxing combat sport

Boxing is a combat sport in which two people, usually wearing protective gloves, throw punches at each other for a predetermined amount of time in a boxing ring.


In 2003, Baer was chosen for the Ring Magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time. He was the younger brother of boxing heavyweight champion Max Baer, and the uncle of actor Max Baer, Jr. Buddy Baer, like his brother and nephew, also pursued acting.

Max Baer (boxer) American boxer

Maximilian Adelbert Baer was an American boxer who was the World Heavyweight Champion from 14 June 1934 to 13 June 1935. His fights were twice rated Fight of the Year by The Ring Magazine. Baer was also a boxing referee, and had an occasional role on film or television. He was the brother of heavyweight boxing contender Buddy Baer and father of actor Max Baer Jr.. Baer is rated #22 on Ring Magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.

Boxing career

Standing at 6' 6½" (1.99 m), Baer fought from 1934 to 1942 and was one of the best punchers of his time. He knocked out colorful contender Tony Galento. The highlight of his boxing career occurred in his unsuccessful attempts to win the heavyweight boxing championship from Joe Louis. In their first fight, Baer caught Louis with a big left hook in the first round and knocked the champion out of the ring. Louis, however, climbed back in before the count of ten and eventually won the fight on a disqualification. Baer had claimed later in the bout that he had been hit and knocked down after the bell rang to end the seventh round. After he had refused to come out for the next round, the referee disqualified Buddy. In their rematch, Louis knocked Baer out in the first. Baer subsequently remarked, "The only way I could have beaten Louis that night was with a baseball bat."

Tony Galento American boxer

Domenico Antonio Galento was an American heavyweight boxer. Nicknamed "Two Ton" for his reasoning to his manager for being nearly late to one of his fights: "I had two tons of ice to deliver on my way here". Galento was one of the most colorful fighters in the history of the sport. He wrestled an octopus, and boxed a kangaroo as publicity stunts for his fights. He also boxed a 550 lb. (250 kg) bear, as a stage attraction.

Joe Louis American boxer

Joseph Louis Barrow, best known as Joe Louis was an American professional boxer who competed from 1934 to 1951. He reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949, and is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. Nicknamed the "Brown Bomber", Louis' championship reign lasted 140 consecutive months, during which he participated in 26 championship fights. The 27th fight, against Ezzard Charles in 1950, was a challenge for Charles' heavyweight title and so is not included in Louis' reign. He was victorious in 25 consecutive title defenses. In 2005, Louis was ranked as the best heavyweight of all time by the International Boxing Research Organization, and was ranked number one on The Ring magazine's list of the "100 greatest punchers of all time".

Professional boxing record

Buddy Baer fights numbered in the 50s with only 7 losses.

No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
?Loss?–7–0 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Joe Louis KO1 (15), 2:56Jan 9, 1942 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.For The Ring and lineal heavyweight titles. Retired after bout.
?Loss?–6–0 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Joe Louis DQ7 (15), 3:00May 23, 1941 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C., U.S.For The Ring and lineal heavyweight titles;

Baer disqualified after his manager refused to leave the ring

?Win?–5–0 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Tony Galento TKO7 (?)May 23, 1941 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Uline Arena, Washington, D.C., U.S.Opponent unable to continue due to broken hand

After boxing

Buddy retired after the Louis bout and joined the United States Army during World War II, as did his brother Max. After the war Buddy appeared in films and TV, owned a bar in Sacramento, California, with Fred Cullincini and worked as a marshal at the California State Legislature.

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Sacramento, California State capital and city of California, United States

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Buddy appeared in several films. In 1949, Baer had a bit role in the Abbott and Costello romp Africa Screams . He also appeared in Flame of Araby, Quo Vadis , Jack and the Beanstalk (another Abbott & Costello film), The Big Sky , Slightly Scarlet , Giant from the Unknown , Snow White and the Three Stooges , and in Jubilee Trail .

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<i>Africa Screams</i> 1950 film by Charles Barton

Africa Screams is a 1949 American adventure comedy film starring Abbott and Costello and directed by Charles Barton that parodied the safari genre. The title is a play on the title of the 1930 documentary Africa Speaks!. The supporting cast features Clyde Beatty, Frank Buck, Max Baer, Buddy Baer, Shemp Howard, and Joe Besser. The film entered the public domain in 1977.

<i>Quo Vadis</i> (1951 film) 1951 American film by Mervyn LeRoy

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Baer's television credits include guest roles on the Adventures of Superman , Captain Midnight , Cheyenne , Circus Boy , Climax! , Have Gun – Will Travel , Peter Gunn , Rawhide , Sky King , Wagon Train , Tales of the Vikings , Toast of the Town , and in the adventure series Sheena, Queen of the Jungle . Baer also had a memorable character role on a 1957 episode of the series Gunsmoke. In that episode, titled "Never Pester Chester", he portrays a bully who almost kills Marshal Matt Dillon's trusty jailhouse assistant Chester Goode, an assault that unleashes the Dodge City marshal's fury for revenge. [1]

<i>Adventures of Superman</i> (TV series) US 1950s television series

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<i>Captain Midnight</i>

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Buddy Baer died on July 18, 1986, in Martinez, California. His body is buried in East Lawn Sierra Hills Memorial Park in Sacramento. Both Buddy and his brother Max were known as the "professional good guys" or "the genial giants". After their deaths, Sacramento sports reporter Billy Conlin wrote, "When they died, the 'sweet science' lost two of the sweetest!" [2]

Partial filmography


In 1958 Baer appeared in an episode of the syndicated Adventures of Superman TV series, playing the role of Atlas, a circus strongman, who is duped by his fellow circus performers into stealing for them. They tell him that Superman is a crook and that he can help right the Man of Steel's wrongs by doing so.

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  1. "Never Pester Chester", episode of Gunsmoke originally broadcast November 16, 1957. Internet Movie Database (IMDb), a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Seattle, Washington. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  2. Shock (1998). "Jacob Henry 'Buddy' Baer", Find a Grave online memorial 3189 with photographs and biographical profile established July 17, 1998. Find a Grave is a subsidiary of Ancestry.com, Lehi, Utah. Last retrieved August 7, 2017.