Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
"More than a Game" Wisconsin Stories

Doctors on Sport

The End of College Boxing

Photo of Charlie Mohr boxing


Read More About It

"Lords of the Ring: The Triumph and Tragedy of College Boxing's Greatest Team" by Doug Moe

"On Wisconsin! The History of Badger Athletics from 1896-2001" by Don Kopriva and Jim Mott

"Report to the Faculty on the Study of Intercollegiate Boxing at the University of Wisconsin" UW Athletic Board


Vocabulary:

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Interesting Fact:

Charles Mohr won a collegiate national boxing championship in 1959. He was known as "the saint with boxing gloves."


Study Questions:

  • How many championships in boxing did the University of Wisconsin win?
  • Why was Mohr called "the saint with the boxing gloves?"
  • When did the first boxing team compete at the University of Wisconsin?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about boxing at the UW:

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on May 9:

    1754: The drawing of a snake cut in pieces with the motto, "Join or die," appears for the first time. The various parts of the snake represented the American colonies.



  • May 9

    May 9, 1960: University faculty voted to eliminate boxing from Wisconsin's intercollegiate sports program. The motion stating that boxing was not an appropriate sport followed the death of Charles Mohr, who died on Easter resulting from injuries sustained during a championship bout on April 9.


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