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Pete Rademacher

Pete is another transient who made Summit County his home for 13 years. The Yakima, Washington native enjoyed enormous success as an amateur boxer from 1949-56. He captured numerous Golden Glove titles and then joined the Armed Services where he won the Army Heavyweight Championship in 1953 and again in 1956 to earn a chance to represent his country in the 1956 Olympic Games. Not only did Pete represent, but earned a gold medal by capturing the Heavyweight Championship. Later, he became the first and only amateur to fight for the World's Heavyweight Championship against Floyd Patterson. Patterson rallied from a second round knockdown to knockout Rademacher in the sixth round.

Inducted 1978 | Boxing