Jake LaMotta Autographed Original Photo “Jake goes in the Tank!”


Jake LaMotta Autographed Original Photo “Jake goes in the Tank!

  • During World War II, Jake was rejected for military service due to a childhood mastoid operation on one of his ears which affected his hearing.  Somewhere along the line Jake was photographed in a US Military Tank! When he signed this for me at a New York restaurant in the early 1980’s, he said he could not recall where it was photographed, but said he did make several public relations visits to Fort Drum in New York. This was most likely a “photo op” for Jake from one of those visits. 
  • Photo is in excellent condition, one corner crease upper right and measures 8 x 10″. Signed for me by Jake in the early 1980’s in blue marker. Very Cool Jake signed piece!


Jake LaMotta Autographed Original Photo “Jake goes in the Tank!”

Giacobbe “Jake” LaMotta (July 10, 1922 – September 19, 2017) was an American professional boxer, world middleweight champion, and stand-up comedian. Nicknamed “The Bronx Bull” or “Raging Bull”, LaMotta was a rough fighter who was not a particularly big puncher, but he would subject his opponents to vicious beatings in the ring. With use of constant stalking, brawling and inside fighting, he developed the reputation for being a “bully”; he was what is often referred to today as a swarmer and a slugger. Due to his hard style of fighting, LaMotta often got as much as he was giving in an era of great middleweights. With a thick skull and jaw muscles, LaMotta was able to absorb incredible amounts of punishment over the course of his career, and is thought to have one of the greatest chins in boxing history. LaMotta’s six-fight rivalry with Sugar Ray Robinson was one of the most notable in the sport, but LaMotta won only one of the bouts. Although each fight was close, LaMotta dropped Robinson to the canvas multiple times. LaMotta, who lived a turbulent life in and out of the ring, was portrayed by Robert De Niro in the 1980 film Raging Bull. He was managed by his brother Joey LaMotta. 

Jake La Motta was born on July 10, 1922 in Bronx, New York. He began his professional career on March 3, 1941. He won the World Middleweight Title on June 16, 1949 stopping Marcel Cerdan in 10 rounds. Posted career victories over Sugar Ray Robinson, Tommy Bell, Fritzie Zivic, Bob Satterfield and Laurent Dauthuille. His career mark was 83-19-4. Known as “The Bronx Bull” he will forever be remembered as the subject of the popular movie RAGING BULL.