James J. Corbett
Date of Birth
Sep 01, 1866
Birth Place:
San Francisco, CA


The world's first heavyweight boxing champion under the then-new "Marquess of Queensberry" rules (which emphasizes skill over brute strength), James J. Corbett defeated the legendary John L. Sullivan in a 21-round bout in 1892. Corbett, whose dapper persona earned him the nickname "Gentleman Jim," became one of the first "movie stars" when a staged fight with Pete Courtney was filmed by Edison in...