Jim Jacobs - Handball Champion, Sports Historian and Boxing Promoter
Jim is on the left of this picture.
Jimmy Jacobs dominated the sport of Four-Wall Handball from l955 to l969, winning every match he played during that 15-year span.
Jimmy won the American Handball Association Singles and Doubles Championships (with Marty Decatur) six times--Singles l955-1957, l960, l964, l965. In l960 and l965, he captured both the Singles and Doubles crowns. He also won the National Three-Wall Championship three times. He did not compete in the National Championships several years because of either health/injury problems or the lack of meaningful competition.
It was Jacobs who coined the "sword and shield" handball concept: He relied on left hand as his shield, and the right hand as his sword.
There were multiple sides to Jimmy Jacobs. He also reached international prominence as a sports historian and boxing manager.
Historian Jacobs collected the largest library of boxing films in the world. In 1961, Jacobs merged his collection with that of TV producer Bill Cayton ("Greatest Fights of the Century"), and the two organized the film library, Big Fights, Inc. The partners would eventually possess in excess of 16,000 films. Big Fights also produced more than 1,000 boxing features and documentaries, including Academy Award nominees: "Legendary Champions", "The Heavyweight Champions", and "Jack Johnson".
Boxing manager Jacobs teamed with Cayton to manage the careers of three World boxing champions: Welterweight Wilfred Benitez, Lightweight Edwin Rosario, and Heavyweight Mike Tyson.
Jimmy Jacobs was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993.