Enshrined in the pantheon of immortal Jewish boxers -- along with Abe Attell, Ted "Kid" Lewis, Benny Leonard, Barney Ross, "Slapsie Maxie" Rosenbloom, and a host of others -- is Al "Bummy" Davis.
This past Wednesday, November 21, marked the 67th anniversary of the death of Al "Bummy" Davis. He was sitting in a Brownsville bar, which he had previously owned, when four armed robbers walked in.
Davis knocked one of them down. After being shot three times, he ran after the others, only to receive a fourth and mortal wound. He was just 25 years old.
If it can be said of any boxer that he went down fighting, it must surely be said of Al "Bummy" Davis.
Real name Albert Abraham Davidoff, theories abound how Davis came by "Bummy". According to the initial, and hence most reliable, sources, he was originally called Vroomeleh, a diminutive version of Avrum (Abraham). Vroomeleh became Vroomy, then Boomy, and fina...