Bass was born in Kiev, Russia and later immigrated to the United States. He launched his pro career out of Philadelphia.
A prolific fighter, Bass turned pro in 1921 and was a strong two-fisted fighter. He won the vacant NBA featherweight championship in 1927. He lost the crown to Tony Canzoneri before successfully challenging Tod Morgan for the junior lightweight title in 1929.
Following a successful title defense, he lost the crown to Kid Chocolate on July 15, 1931. During a career that lasted until 1940, Bass registered over 200 fights and wins over such notables as Red Cochrane, Joe Glick, Harry Forbes, Bud Taylor and Johnny Jadick.
He died in Philadelphia on June 25, 1975.
Born: Dec. 4, 1904
Died: June 25, 1975