TRAMBITAS Valerie-Visarion
The following are sections from Jimmy Darcy's 1946 autobiography titled "Health and Happiness Now and Forever" by Valeri-Visarion Trambitas (known professionally as Valley Trambitas and Jimmy Darcy).:

"I was born in Bucharest, Roumania, on June 6, 1898, of a long ancestral line. Over six hundred years ago, as recorded in the family Bible in Roumania, the Trambitas family acquired its name.....

.....About this time (1913 at age 15 selling newspapers) I joined a Newsboys Club, got myself a manager, and started learning all I could about boxing. I won my first fight--a four round decision-- at a picnic. I also won the Newsboys Championship at the Newsboys Club. From then on I boxed a great deal for 4 years, before I started earning enough in the fight game to earn a living. My brother Alex started (boxing) about a year after I did, and my brother Traian (known as Johnny) started three years later. They too, made good, but with the life they lived, they could not save money.

In 1917 I went to San Francisco to try my fistic powers. There I met Jack Dempsey for the first time, little dreaming that Dempsey was the coming Heavyweight Champion, and that some day I would fight him. I boxed with success the following five years on the Coast, winning the Pacific Coast Middleweight championship from Battling Ortego at Seattle in 1920, with a technical knockout in two rounds. In 1921 I recieved train tickets for my brother Alex and myself from Jack kearns, manager of Champion Jack Dempsey, and was told to use them to come to New York under his management".

Jimmy Darcy started boxing as a Welterweight and finished his career as a Heavyweight. He had his most success boxing as a Middleweight, where he was probably the best fighter in the Pacific Northwest of the United States at this weight during his peak.
He fought as Valley Trambitas until early 1918, before changing his name to Jimmy Darcy in honor of the late Australian Middleweight Les Darcy. Trambitas had been moved by seeing Darcy's casket in San Francisco as it made its way back to Australia.
Valeri was one of the fighting Trambitas brothers: with Alex and Johnny. Their hometown was Portland, Oregon, USA.

The Trambitas family had arrived at Ellis Island in 1907, immigrating from Romania. They settled shortly thereafter in South Portland, OR. Valley would turn to professional boxing after the death of his father left him as the sole supporter of his three brothers and one sister. Darcy was generally considered to be the least talented of the three Trambitas brothers.

Trambitas's main asset as a fighter was his ability to absorb punishment. He did have a good right hand, with which he knocked down Harry Greb and Tommy Loughran, although he was not a big puncher by any means. He was known as having clumsy footwork in the ring, and was criticized by the local press in Portland for his awkward style. Despite his success, he never really caught on with the fans in Portland.
In the spring of 1921 Darcy had moved to the New York area under the management of Jack Kearns, Jack Dempsey's former manager, along with his brother Alex. While on the East Coast he was a sparring partner for Jack Dempsey (1921-23).


Picture Date: 1914
Location: Portland, Oregon, USA
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Entered into Album: 20/10/2000