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Dear members of IBRO,

I have several photos of members of the Veterans Boxers Association from the early 1900’s.  In these photos is a group picture of an Annual Dinner Dance V B A Ring 14 honoring Tommy Brady & Battling Walker.  I was just trying to find more information about the people in the photo.

My husband’s great grandfather was Willie Burns Salomone and he was a boxer and teacher of boxing who belonged to the VBA.   We also have a photo of Jack Dempsey shaking hands with another person (unknown) from his restaurant and would like to know who this other person is.

The gentleman in the center of the photo with the five men is William Salomone.  He is my husband’s great grandfather. He used to box then became a trainer and was also in the Veteran’s Boxers Association.

Photo from 1925.  From left to right:  Willie Burns (our great grandfather whose name was William D. Salomone), Senator “Wild Bill Lyons, two men in the rear unidentified, Teddy Hayes (Jack Dempey’s trainer), Jack O’Conner, Rev. George M. Murphy, man in the rear of Rev. unidentified, “Irish Johnny” Curtin, Jack Dempsey, Mayor Hague, “Dodo” Jackson, and Jack Kearns(Dempsey’s Manager).

Sincerely,

Carmen Buntenbach @ cbunt521@gmail.com

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I just realized that Marty O’Brien is also in this picture. Maybe that name don’t ring a bell because that was his fighting name, his real name was Anthony Martin Sinatra, who was the father of Frank Sinatra. He is to the left of the guy that is keeling on the far right. If you look closely, you can see that he looks like his son. The guy with the gray hair with his mouth open in front is Babe Orlando. The guy seated far right is Vince Handley. The guy 2nd from the right standing is Packey O’Gatty. The big guy in the back standing in front of the banner is former Light Heavyweight Champion, Gus Lesnevich. The guy seated 3rd from the left is Tommy Dell. The guy standing in the back between the 2 guys with the glasses on is Battling Odin Dudrich. Young Tiger McTighe standing in the back with the dark jacket with dark glasses on, 5th to the right. Bucky Keyes is seated to the left and just behind Marty O’Brien (Anthony Sinatra). Dominick Pascali standing to the left of Gus Lesnevich. From Henry Hascup
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William Salomone and several unknowns. James J. Braddock is in the back.

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Jack Dempsey and unknown.

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Photo from 1925. From left to right: Willie Burns (our great grandfather whose name was William D. Salomone), Senator "Wild Bill Lyons, two men in the rear unidentified, Teddy Hayes (Jack Dempey's trainer), Jack O'Conner, Rev. George M. Murphy, man in the rear of Rev. unidentified, "Irish Johnny" Curtin, Jack Dempsey, Mayor Hague, "Dodo" Jackson, and Jack Kearns(Dempsey's Manager).