Boxing

“Irish” Pat McMurtry
One of the top heavyweights in the 1950s, “Irish” Pat McMurtry participated in the first Golden Gloves boxing event hosted by the Tacoma Athletic Commission in 1949.

On October 17, 1958 McMurtry, the 9th ranked heavyweight in the world, defeated Canadian heavyweight champion George Chuvalo in New York City’s Madison Square Garden. He had numerous fights with top contenders such as Nino Valdes and Willie Pastrano.

In addition, his brother Mike McMurtry was another outstanding boxer in his day winning an NCAA championship while in college.

Freddie Steele
Freddie Steele was born to box, and by the age of 13, at a mere 95 lbs, he already had 9 pro fights to his credit.

On July 11, 1936 in Seattle Freddie won the world’s middleweight championship title defeating Babe Risko who hailed from New York. He lost the title to another Pacific Northwest fighter, Al Hostak, in 1938 when the 160-lb division was at its all-time best. Freddie and his manager, Dave Miller, had such respect for each other that a contract never existed between the two. Rather, they worked together over the years with a handshake and gentleman’s agreement.

He subsequently quit the fight game at age 25 and moved to Hollywood where he starred in motion pictures for many years. G.I. Joe was one of the more memorable films made that won him critical acclaim for his role.