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Patrick "Paddy" Grimes Jr.

Boxing ∙ Aliquippa

 

 

 

 

Patrick (Paddy) Grimes Jr had the distinction of being voted into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame as both an amateur boxer and referee. He had a brilliant career as an amateur boxer, reaching the top rank in the welterweight division. Paddy began boxing when he entered the Navy in 1942 and fought as an amateur until 1948, compiling a 60-5 record. Standing 5'-11" and weighing only 147 pounds, the slender Paddy was noted for his boxing skill but had enough punching power to chalk up eight knockouts. Paddy received his most cherished award in 1947 when he was voted the John T Taylor Memorial Trophy, which is awarded annually to the outstanding amateur athlete in the Allegheny Mountain Association of the Amateur Athletic Union. He won the 1947 Senior AMA Golden Gloves title and reached the Eastern Finals at Madison Square Garden. Later that year he fought in the National Amateur Finals in Boston and the Chicago Golden Gloves finals, losing both times to champion Johnny Keough. Paddy was been active as both a boxing and wrestling referee for over 30 years, serving as the third man in the ring in more than 2500 bouts in the two sports. He served as vice president of Local 1211, United Steelworkers of America and as an electrician at the Aliquippa Works of the J&L Steel Corporation. Paddy was inducted into the Beaver County Boxing Hall of Fame in 1972.