In January 1910, the Jeffries combination was having some troubles after Frank Gotch
"ran a sliver into his knee" and required an operation to have it removed. The incident
delayed appearances, as well did the weather. Gotch wanted to quit the company on
January 28 to spend time at Hot Springs. Farmer Burns was also traveling with the
According to the Los Angeles Examiner (12/15/41), California State Boxing Commissioner
Everett Sanders paid tribute to Jeffries "as the greatest heavyweight champion the world
has ever known."
On April 13, 1944, Jeffries celebrated his 69th birthday at a party at his "Jeffries Barn" in
Burbank, California. A number of celebrities from stage and screen and boxing
dignitaries were on hand.
Research by Tim Hornbaker