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Subject: Olympian Heavyweight boxer Pete Rademacher, earned the gold medal with knockouts in 1956 in Melbourne, Australia. ...

Dead at 91.
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Date Posted: Saturday, June 13, 05:35:14am

Olympic boxing champion is dead at 91. ...
By RICHARD SANDOMIR / The New York Times
June 12, 2020

When Pete Rademacher won the gold medal in heavyweight boxing at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia,
he checked off one part of his audacious plan to be the first fighter to take on the world heavyweight champion in his first professional bout.

No boxer had ever made that improbable leap before.

Rademacher knew whom his opponent would be within hours of his Olympic victory. Floyd Patterson had just knocked out Archie Moore in Chicago to fill the vacancy created by Rocky Marcianoís retirement.

Fight night was Aug. 22, 1957, at Sickís Stadium in Seattle. In the ring, Rademacher
started strong. He won the first round, according to various reports. ...

...In the second, he knocked Patterson down with a right hand. But Patterson rose quickly from the canvas and, over the next four rounds, knocked Rademacher down
seven times, the last in the sixth, for a knockout. The loss was the best-known bout in Rademacherís boxing career, which ended in 1962 with a modest 15-7-1 record.

...Rademacher died June 4 at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky, Ohio. He was 91. His daughter Margot Skirpstas, in confirming his death, said he had dementia.
She said his brain had been donated to the Brain Injury Research Institute in Wheeling, West Virginia, to determine if blows to his head from boxing, or another cause, had contributed to his illness.

Rademacher was 14 when his parents sent him to a military academy in Tennessee. There, after contracting rheumatic fever, he learned to box to help rebuild
his strength and endurance. He returned to Washington and attended Yakima Valley Junior College, where he played football and baseball and wrestled and boxed.

He won the Northwest Golden Gloves boxing tournament in Seattle four times, the first in 1949. The next year he entered Washington State College (now a university), where he
earned a bachelorís degree in animal husbandry. After graduating, he won the 1953 US Amateur Championship. A year later, he headed to Fort Benning to fulfill his commitment to the ROTC program at Washington State.

He continued to box at Fort Benning. As a member of the Army team, he won the Chicago Golden Gloves and the All-Army
and All-Branches service championships in 1956 ó the prelude to victory at the US Olympic trials and a spot in the Melbourne Games.

Rademacher won the Olympic gold medal with knockouts of Josef Nemec of what was then Czechoslovakia; Daniel Bekker of South Africa; and, in the final, Lev Mukhin of the Soviet Union. Rademacherís gold medal victory was as cathartic for him as it was for a fellow boxer from Hungary, where Soviet tanks and troops had crushed a popular uprising weeks earlier.

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Rademacher's brain had been donated to the Brain Injury Research Institute in Wheeling, West Virginia, to determine if blows to his head from boxing. (NT)I wonder if he had a violent personality outside the ring, to warrant the donation?Saturday, June 13, 10:16:03am

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