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ALookback: 1928 Olympic Games: Amsterdam, Netherlands

The 1928 games brought in a new change in policy at the games. The rule change allowed only one boxer from a country in each weight division. The event included eight weight divisions and saw a rise in the number of countries that participated in the event to 29 including the first Asians to compete at the games. For the United States, the 1928 games marked the first games that the Americans had participated in that no competitor won a Gold Medal.
 
Flyweight
 
Hyman ‘Hymie‘ Miller: Born: April 8, 1911; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Death: January 5, 1954; Los Angeles, California. Lost In the opening round to Marcel Sartos of Belgium. After the loss, ghe was so upset that the decision did not go his way that the rest of the American team, who also saw the fight for Miller, requested permission to withdraw from the games. The president of the US Olympic Committee, Major General Douglas MacArthur, denied the request stating “Americans never quit!”.[1]
 
1928 AAU Champion.
 
Professional record: 28-5-6 (7 KO).
 
 
Bantamweight
 
John Lawrence Daley: Born: August 26, 1908; Newton, Massachusetts. Death: February 7, 1963; El Paso, Texas. 1928 AAU, New England, and Massachusetts Amateur Champion. Actually lost in the semi-finals against South African Harry Issacs, but the crowd was so displeased with the decision that it was reversed. The finals were the same way except reversed as Daley was awarded the victory over Italy’s Vittorio Tamagani, but the decision was reversed giving the Italian the gold and Daley the silver.
 
Professional Record: 0-4. Quit boxing because it was not financially rewarding and became a very successful stock and bonds broker.
 
Featherweight
 
Harold George ‘Harry‘ Devine: Born: May 18, 1909; New Haven, Connecticut. Death: April 29, 1998; Worcester, Massachusetts. 1928 AAU Champion. Won the Bronze Medal defeating Lucien Biquet of Belgium.
 
Professional Record: 39-17-4 (6 KO). April 6, 1934 Captured the New England Welterweight title against Werther Arcelli (DQ8). Defended twice before losing to Frankie Britt by 12 round points on February 28, 1935. Hampered by injuries and was often avoided because of his southpaw style.
 
 
Lightweight
 
 Stephen Michael ‘Steve‘ Halaiko: Born: December 27, 1908; Waverly, New York. Death: February 6, 2001; Orange Park, Florida. 1928 and 1929 AAU Champion. Won Silver Medal after losing in the finals to Carlo Orlandi of Italy.
 
Professional Record: 80-38-11 (21 KO).
 
Welterweight
 
Thomas ‘Tommy‘ Lown: Born: April 5, 1904; New York, New York. Death: September 1977; Burnt Hills, New York. Captain of the 1928 team. !927 and 1928 AAU Champion. Lost in the opening round to Argentina’s Raul Landini.
 
Professional Record: 12-2 (3 KO).
 
Middleweight
 
Harry Havelock Henderson: Born: October 12, 1904; Weston, Massachusetts. Death: May 1976; Virginia Beach, Virginia. 1928 AAU Champion. M ember of the US Navy. Lost in the quarter-finals to eventual Silver Medalist Jan Hermanek of Czechoslovakia. Nickname was “Ensign.”
 
Light Heavyweight
 
Leonard ‘Leon‘ Lucas: Born: September 4, 1901; Camden, New Jersey. Death: May 1971; Camden, New Jersey. 1928 AAU Champion. Lost in opening round to Ernst Pistulla of Germany.
 
Professional Record: 10-2-1 (5 KO).
 
Heavyweight
 
Alexander Joseph Kaletchitz: Born: March 2, 1898; New York, New York. Death: April 11, 1994; Palmetto, Florida. Lost in the quarter-finals to two-time medalist Sverre Sorsdal of Norway by first round KO.
 
 
Results
 
Steve Halaiko                           225 points
 
Harry Devine                            119 points
 
Hymie Miller                              82 points
 
Tommy Lown                            51 points
 
John Daley                               46 points
 
Leon Lucas                               43 points
 
Harry Henderson                       10 points
 
Alexander Kaletchitz                  0 points
 

 

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