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Attell, Abelocked

(22 February 1884–06 February 1970)
  • Luckett V. Davis

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Attell, Abe (22 February 1884–06 February 1970), featherweight boxer, was born Albert Knoehr in San Francisco, California, the son of Mark Knoehr and Annie (maiden name unknown), Russian Jewish immigrants. His father owned a small jewelry store in a predominately Irish neighborhood south of Market Street. As a youth, Attell sold newspapers in front of the Mechanics’ Pavilion at Eighth and Market Streets, and he engaged in many street battles to protect his territory. By 1900, he had already assumed the name “Abe Attell,” by which he would be known for the rest of his life. Two of his brothers, Monte and Caesar, followed him into boxing and also assumed the name of “Attell.”...

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