Dr. Eddie FlynnBoxer, 1929-35
Loyola University/1932 Olympics
Heralded by many as the finest amateur boxer in New Orleans history, he climaxed an undefeated year in the 1932 Olympics at Los Angeles by defeating Eric Campe of Germany for the welterweight Gold Medal.
Previously, he had won two National AAU Championships (1931 and 1932) and an NCAA crown as a member of the Loyola University boxing team under the direction of fellow Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Famer Tad Gormley. He completed his amateur career with a perfect 144-0 record.
After the Olympics, Flynn fought professionally until he was drafted in 1935 and served through World War II. His career record as a pro was 29-7-2. He was part of the inaugural Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame class in 1964 and was also inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame (1974) and the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame (2010).
A native of Tampa, Fla., he practiced dentistry in his hometown. Born on Oct. 25, 1909, he passed away in 1976 at the age of 66.