Published on Sunday, 19 May 2013 19:58
Written by Jeff Young
The 1920 games marked the return of the American boxing team, but also boxing altogether in the Olympics. Matches consisted of two three minute rounds, and a third round of four minutes. Additional rounds were used to decide draws that were two minutes. The bouts were decided by two judges and the ref. All judges came from Europe with over half of them being from Belgium.
Despite this, there were few controversies and the Americans were only upset about a couple of decisions, but nothing as serious that would come in the Olympics in the coming years.
Peter ‘Pete’ B. Zivic: Born: March 26, 1901; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Death: January 29, 1987; McCandless, Pennsylvania. Brother of Olympic teammate Jack Zivic. Defeated Belgium’s Jules Androt in opening round by decision. Lost in the quarter-finals to eventual Silver Medalist Anders Pedersen of Denmark. One of the five ‘Fighting Zivic Brothers.’ Considered to be one of the 1920’s Golden Bantamweights despite never winning a title. Professional record: 54-40-14 (18 KO).
‘Frankie’ Frank Genaro (DiGennara) pictured above with Primo Carnera: Born: August 26,1901; New York, New York. Death: December 27, 1966; Staten Island, New York. Captured Olympic Gold defeating Denmark’s Anders Pedersen. Professional record: 97-24-8 (19 KO). Captured the American Flyweight title defeating Pancho Villa by 15 round points. Defended the title one time before losing it and a chance for the National Boxing Association World Flyweight title to 1924 Olympian Fidel LaBarba by 10 round points. Won the NBA title on November 11, 1927 against Frenchy Belanger by 10 round pts. Made two defenses of the world title. Lost title to Emile Pladner on March 2, 1929 when he was knocked out in the first round. Recaptured titles on April 18, 1929 in a rematch with Pladner after Pladner was disqualified in the fifth round. Defended the world title seven times including a draw against Midget Wolgast on December 26, 1930. with the draw he failed to obtain the NYSAC World Flyweight title. Lost titles to Young Perez on October 26, 1931 by second round knock out. Considered to be one of the greatest flyweight fighters of all time. Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1998.
Samuel ‘Sammy’ Vogel: Born: July 28, 1902; New York, New York. Death: February 1971; Unknown. 1-1 at Olympics defeating France’s Georges Cochran and losing to Belgium’s Henri Hebrants. Professional record: 45-16-3 (11 KO).
Edward Earl Hartman Sr.: Born: March 10, 1899; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Death: March 1974; Merchantville, New Jersey. 1-1 at Olympics defeating Dan Bowling of Great Britain and losing to eventual Gold Medalist Clarence ‘Sal’ Walker of South Africa.
John A. ‘Jack’ Zivic: Born: June 23, 1903; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Death: May 1, 1973; Wilmington Delaware. Brother of teammate Pete Zivic. Placed fourth at the games. Had first and second round byes. Defeated Nicolaj of Denmark and lost to Jean Gacheb of France. Also lost to Eduardo Garzena of Itlay in the Bronze Medal bout. Professional record of 46-32-4 (12 KO).
George Daniel Etcell: Born: April 2, 1898; New York, New York. Death: April 6, 1965; Los Angeles, California. After a first round bye, lost to eventual Gold Medalist Paul Fritsch of France. Was the star bantamweight while serving aboard the USS Arkansas. Spent two years in the Army before joining the Navy. Served in the 3rd Division on the French Marne in World War I. Wounded in the ‘St. Mihiel Drive.’ Won the Army-Navy Bantamweight Championship and the Pacific Fleet Bantamweight Championship. Professional record: 11-4-8 (1 KO).
Francis ’Frank’ Bernard Cassidy: Born: November 7, 1895; New York, New York. Death: Unknown. 1-1 at the games defeating Jacobus ‘KO’ Janssens of the Netherlands. Lost to eventual Silver Medalist Gotfried Johansen of Denmark. National AAU Champion and New York State Champion. Professional record: 1-1.
Samuel ‘Sammy’ A. Mosberg: Born: June 14, 1896; Austria (one source indicates New York). Death: August 30, 1967; Brooklyn, New York. Served as a boxing instructor during World War I winning his bases championship. Lost at Olympic trials, but was selected as an alternate. Won the Gold Medal by defeating Gotfried Johansen of Denmark. Scored what is considered to be one of the fastest knock outs in Olympic history finishing off South African Dick Beland in just a matter of seconds in the semi-finals. Coached the US Boxing team in the 1953 Maccabiah Games. Inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1985. Professional record: 16-9-4 (3KO); may have had up to 57 professional fights. Worked in the family furniture business and as a real estate broker after his boxing career.
William C. Clark: Born: October 8, 1899; Unknown. Death: March 21, 1988; Miami, Florida. Finished fourth at the games losing to eventual Silver Medalist Alex Ireland of Great Britain.
Frederick William ‘Fred’ Kolberg: Born: November 13, 1900; Unknown. Death: May 21, 1965; Portland, Oregon. Won the Bronze Medal defeating France’s Leon Gillet in the quarter-finals and losing to Canadian Bert Schneider in the semi-finals.
Joseph Alfred Cranston: Born: September 8, 1898; Kansas City, Missouri. Death: December 7, 1973; Washington, DC. Lost in the second round to eventual Gold Medalist Harry Mallin of Great Britain. Member of the US Army.
Samuel Joseph Logonia: Born: April 19, 1898; Westchester, New York. Death: November 15, 1968; Flushing, New York. Lost in the quarter-finals to eventual Gold Medalist Harry Mallin of Great Britain. Won three amateur AAU titles in one night in 1919. Won titles at middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight. Won AAU titles in 1920 and 1921. Professional record 4-0 (2KO).
Edwin Wright Schell: Born: November 14, 1900; Berwyn, Illinois. Death: October 7, 1979; San Diego, California. Member of the US Navy. Lost in the quarter-finals to 1920 Silver and 1924 Bronze Medalist Sverre Sorsdal of Norway.
Edward Patrick Francis ‘Eddie’ Egan: Born: April 26, 1898; Denver, Colorado. Death: June 14, 1967; Rye, New York (heart attack). Only person to win a gold medal in the summer and winter Olympic games in different events. Defeated Sverre Sorsdal of Norway for gold in 1920. After the Olympics, returned Yale University to study law. Left Yale in 1922 to become a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. Won the British ABA Heavyweight Championship in 1923. Competed in the Olympic games at heavyweight in 1924 losing in the opening round. Earned a BA from Oxford in 1928. Admitted to the US Bar in 1932. Won second Gold Medal in 1932 as a member of the US Bobsleigh team at the winter games. Practiced law until 1932, joining the US Army Air Corps for World War II. This was his second military career as he was an Artillery Lieutenant in France during World War I. Reached rank of Lt. Colonel during WWII. Won numerous amateur titles. Appointed as the Chairman of President Dwight Eisenhower’s People to People Sports Committee. Director of the sports program for the World’s Fair in New York in 1964. Member of the Olympic Sports Hall Of Fame, 1983. Inducted into Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1966. Featured on US Postal Stamps in 1990.
William Frederick Spengler: Born: March 31, 1889; New York, New York. Death: May 1979; Long Lake, New York. Finished fourth losing Bronze Medal bout to Xavier Eleure of France.
Samuel Gibson Stewart: Born: November 29, 1895; Kansas. Death: August 29, 1950; San Francisco, California. Lost in quarter-finals to eventual Gold Medalist Ronald Rawson of Great Britain.
1. Frank Genaro: 300 Points
2. Eddie Eagan: 85 Points
3. Samuel Logonia: 50 Points
4. Sammy Mosberg: 45 points
5. George Etcell: 20 Points
5. Frank Cassidy: 20 Points
6. Fred Kolberg: 15 Points
7. Samuel Stewart, William Spengler, Edwin Schell, Joseph Cranston, Jack Zivic, Ed Hartman, Sam Vogel, and Pete Zivic: 0 Points.