Inducted on November 10, 1994
Many moons ago, 59 to be exact, I was born in the Bronx, NY. At the tender age of one, my family said goodbye to NY and hello to Paterson, NJ. I have resided in Paterson most of my life. Graduating Eastside High School. I attended NYU for a brief time and joined the United States Armed Forces.
As a teenager, I became attracted to the sport of boxing. I began watching the Friday Night Fights, Dunphy and Corum made it a treat. I attended many local fights – Laurel Garden, Meadowbrook Bowl, Plaza Ballroom, Paterson Armory, Gladiators Arena, etc.
My initial affiliation into boxing was in 1966 when I joined Ring 9 and served as its secretary for 12 years. I’ve been associated with the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame for 20 years. Serving as Historian and as one of its’ Vice-Presidents.
I joined the New Jersey Diamond Gloves 10 years ago, serving as Historian and Asst. Secretary.
When the Publication Boxing World began publishing in the 1970’s, I joined them – covering local boxing shows and contributing articles on a regular basis. Fight sites included Ice World, Embassy Hall, Atlantic City, Felt Forum, South Mountain Arena, Dunn Sports Arena, and . Robert Treat Hotel. I am still a contributor to Boxing World, but on a limited basis, as most local Arenas are no longer in operation.
I covered amateur boxing for the now defunct “The Amateur Boxer” events included the NJ Diamond Gloves, NJ Golden Gloves at Elizabeth Armory and Dover Armory.
For many years I was a member of the world boxing Historians Association.
In the 1960’s, I began collecting all types of Boxing Memorabilia. This hobby developed into a business and I currently conduct a mail order Boxing Business called “Mr. Collector” at present, I own a Comic Book Store and a Baseball Card Store.
Over the past 50 years, I would select Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson, and Willie Pep as the three Greatest fighters.
Finally, my personal thanks to Henry Hascup and his selection Committee for this honor.