San Francisco boxer Monte Attell, who died in 1960 and is buried in Colma, has been elected to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in Israel. Based at the Wingate Institute in Netanya, the IJSHOF announced its seven-member 2015 class this week.
Known as the “Nob Hill Terror,” Attell captured the vacant world bantamweight championship in June 1909. He and then–featherweight champion Abe “The Little Hebrew” Attell are the only brothers known to have held simultaneous world titles.
Monte Attell fought seven times in seven months after winning the world title, losing his belt in February 1910 when he was knocked out in the 42nd round of a bout.
The brothers were inducted into the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame of Northern Cali-fornia in 2009. Abe Montell is already in the IJSHOF, having been enshrined in 1983.
Other IJSHOF inductees for 2015 will be former Women’s National Basketball Association president Donna Geils Orender and fellow Americans Steve Sandler (handball) and Garrett Weber-Gale (swimming); Russians David Tyshler (fencing) and Ilya Averbukh (figure skating); and Canada’s Sherman Greenfeld (racquetball).
An All-America guard at Queens College in New York, Orender played three seasons in the Women’s Pro Basketball League and was president of the WNBA from 2005 to 2010.