NJ Boxing HOF

JACK TRACY

Born Jack Kloby, Jack Tracy aws also referred to as the “Blond Tiger”, was born in Jersey 
City, NJ on June 8, 1902 to Mr. and Mrs. Martin Klobiszewski. His parents arrived in 
Colorado from Poland, where his father worked in the gold fields. At the age of two, 
Jack’s family moved to St. Mark’s Place in New York City where he attended Stan’s Parochial 
School. At the age of 14, the family finally settled down in downtown Jersey City where 
Jack then attended St. Anthony’s Polish Parochial School. 

He began his boxing career at the age of 14 while in school. Boxing came easy to Jack, for 
his first cousin was the immortal Stanley Ketchel, Middleweight Champion of the World, who 
also held the Welterweight and Lightweight crowns. Ketchel was also the only boxer to knock 
down the Heavyweight Champion of the World, Jack Johnson (and this with two broken wrists). 
Jack has said that cousin Stanley gave him some good pointers as a fighter when they met at 
family gatherings. 

In 1915 he began boxing professionally, and continued to star in the ring until 1924 when 
an accident ended his career. Kloby, known in the fight game as Young Ketchel, Jack Tracy, 
and finally, Jack Kloby, was also dubbed the “Uncrowned Champ of the World” because he fought 
all weights. His fighting career spanned approximately 10 years, during which he held the 
title of Bantamweight Champ of NY State, taking the crown away from Frank Jerome. Jack also 
won the lightweight crown from Ed Stone of Australia and held the Eastern Fleet crown while 
in the Navy from 1918 to 1921, taking it away from Jose Javier. 

During his ten year career in the fight ring, he fought 160 official bouts (unofficially, 
closer to 300), winning more than 50 by knockouts. His only trainer was K.O. Young Otto. 
His first manager was Manny Seaman, followed by Barney Lee. To list the long string of 
fighters that Jack fought would take up pages. Suffice it to say that in his three hundred 
fights he took on some of the greatest in his weight and other weight classes, such as 
Dundee, Frank Jerome, Charlie Beecher, Bennie Valger, Young Montreal, Johnny Buff, Lou Cardel,
and the French Flash. 

In 1933 Jack married the former Agnes Hefernan of Hoboken. They became the parents of eight 
boys and one girl. Although Jack could no longer fight professionally, he still associated 
himself with the sport, acting as sparring partner to such greats as Jack Dempsey in Long 
Branch. They became and remained close friends throughout Kolby’s life. 

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