Jersey Joe Walcott
1914 - 1994
|Arnold Raymond Cream was born
January 31, 1914 and grew up in Merchantville, NJ. While building his
boxing career, he worked in a variety of places, including the shipyard in
Camden, NJ. As a boxer he used the name Joe Walcott to honor a welterweight
champion from his father's home, Barbados. In 1951, at at the age
of 37, became the oldest man ever to win the heavyweight championship, a
record he held until 1994. He retired as a boxer in 1953 and went on
to become a referee, chairman of the New Jersey State Boxing Commission, and
Camden County sheriff.
Jersey Joe was the 1951
winner of the Edward J. Neil Trophy for Fighter of the Year. In 1969
he was inducted into the Ring Hall of Fame and in 1990 was one of the original
inductees into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
||Arnold Cream died in Camden
on February 25, 1994. He is buried in Sunset Memorial Park
in Pennsauken, NJ.
Jersey Joe Walcott (Black
History Biographies, East Buchanan Middle School)
Jersey Joe Walcott's Boxing Record (The Cyber Boxing Zone)
Jersey Joe Walcott (International
Boxing Hall of Fame)
Edward J. Neil Trophy for
Fighter of the Year (CBS SportsLine)
The photo of Jersey Joe Walcott
came, with permission, from the "download" section of the Boxing Bulletin
Board (URL no longer available).
Go to BJ's Camden Hall of Fame.
Tombstone photograph copyright
© 1999-2003 by BJ Swartz
November 27, 2004