Sam Langford

1886 - 1956

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Samuel Edgar Langford (March 4, 1886 – January 12, 1956) was a Black Canadian boxing standout of the early part of the 20th century. Called the "Greatest Fighter Nobody Knows", by ESPN, Langford is considered by many boxing historians to be one of the greatest fighters of all time. Originally from Weymouth Falls, a small community in Nova Scotia, he was known as "the Boston Bonecrusher", "the Boston Terror", and his most famous nickname, "the Boston Tar Baby". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sam Langford has received more than 600,483 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 15 in 2019). Sam Langford is the 184th most popular boxer (down from 165th in 2019), the 613th most popular biography from Canada (down from 597th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Canadian Boxer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 600k

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  • 42.82

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 17

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 1.86

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.39

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Over the past year Sam Langford has had the most page views in the with 91,387 views, followed by Russian (3,148), and Italian (2,783). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Czech (582.14%), Bulgarian (19.39%), and Japanese (16.26%)


Among boxers, Sam Langford ranks 184 out of 496Before him are Samuel Mosberg, Abel Laudonio, Henry Maske, Ruslan Chagaev, Hasim Rahman, and Guillermo Lovell. After him are Franco De Piccoli, Raúl Landini, Harry Mallin, Ted Morgan, Stanislav Stepashkin, and Claudio Barrientos.

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Among people born in 1886, Sam Langford ranks 292Before him are Karl Dane, Vlastimil Lada-Sázavský, Alexander Drankov, Jeanie MacPherson, Otto Authén, and Nellie Sengupta. After him are Spring Byington, Ronald Firbank, Aarne Pohjonen, Charlotte Mineau, Rudolf Degermark, and Pauline Bush. Among people deceased in 1956, Sam Langford ranks 213Before him are Hugh Trenchard, 1st Viscount Trenchard, Benno von Arent, Vlastimil Lada-Sázavský, John Garstang, Charley Grapewin, and Christian Gitsham. After him are René Fernández, Francis Tyler, Michael Arlen, Bob Sweikert, Margaret Wycherly, and Paul Kelly.

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In Canada

Among people born in Canada, Sam Langford ranks 613 out of 1,622Before him are Suzanne Clément (1969), Bernie Geoffrion (1931), Haji (1946), Guy Lombardo (1902), George Woodcock (1912), and Eva Dawes (1912). After him are Currie Graham (1967), Archibald MacKinnon (1937), Suzanne Morrow Francis (1930), Caroline Rhea (1964), Charles Tupper (1821), and Gordon Pinsent (1930).

Among BOXERS In Canada

Among boxers born in Canada, Sam Langford ranks 3Before him are George Chuvalo (1937), and Arturo Gatti (1972). After him are Horace Gwynne (1912), Mark Leduc (1962), and David Lemieux (1988).