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Billy Conn

W L D
64 11 1
15 KOs 3 KOs
last 6


bouts 76 rating
rounds 646 ranking
KOs 20%
 
global ID 9007
birth nameWilliam David Conn
aliasPittsburgh Kid
born 1917-10-08
death date1993-05-29 / age 75
debut1934-07-20 / age 16
divisionlight heavyweight
stanceorthodox
height6′ 1½″   /   187cm
reach
72½″   /   184cm
residence
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
birth place
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Career Record

76 total bouts, view in calendar
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Win
L
Loss
D
Draw
N
No Contest
S/P
Scheduled/Pending
Date lbs opponent
op. record 
lbs
result 
rounds location
188Jackie Lyons
27
17
3
184
 W  
KO9/10
Sportatorium, Dallas, Texas, USA
time: 1:25   referee: James J. Braddock
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190Mike O'Dowd
5
8
1
201½
 W  
TKO9/10
Macon, Georgia, USA
 W  
TKO
9/10

Macon, Georgia, USA
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182Joe Louis
54
1
0
207
 L 
KO8/15
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USA
World Heavyweight Title
Conn's performance against Louis during this bout would earn him the Associated Press's annual "Flop of the Year" award.
time: 2:19   referee: Eddie Joseph 2-5   judge: Frank Forbes 1-5, Jack O'Sullivan 1-5
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175¾Tony Zale
51
15
2
164¼
 W  
UD12/12
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
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183Jay D Turner
24
20
4
227½
 W  
PTS10/10
Municipal Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Reported in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat (Jack Kincaid).
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182Henry Cooper
30
35
2
197
 W  
UD12/12
University Field House, Toledo, Ohio, USA
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174Joe Louis
49
1
0
199½
 L 
KO13/15
Polo Grounds, New York, New York, USA
World Heavyweight Title
Two rights to Conn's jaw ended the fight.
time: 2:58   referee: Eddie Joseph 7-5   judge: Marty Monroe 7-4, Bill Healy 6-6
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180Buddy Knox
91
15
5
190
 W  
TKO8/10
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Knox's corner stopped the fight as the bell rang to begin the 8th round. Knox was knocked down three times in the 7th.
referee: Red Robinson
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178Gunnar Barlund
41
12
0
194½
 W  
TKO8/10
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Ross stopped the bout as the 8th round began.
referee: Barney Ross
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181Danny Hassett
38
12
4
204
 W  
KO5/15
Uline Arena, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
time: 0:35   referee: Ray Bowen
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182Ira Hughes
10
9
4
179
 W  
TKO4/10
Clarksburg, West Virginia, USA
referee: C.C. Gosney
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174¼Lee Savold
57
20
1
186¾
 W  
UD12/12
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
The official scoring was 8-3-1, 10-2, and 10-2, all in favor of Conn.
referee: Arthur Donovan
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172¾Al McCoy
68
15
5
181½
 W  
UD10/10
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
referee: Eddie Bradley
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174Bob Pastor
40
5
4
180¾
 W  
KO13/15
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
Pastor was counted out after taking a left hook to the body. He was also knocked down for a 7-count at the bell in the 9th and for a 9-count in round 12.
time: 2:54   referee: Billy Cavanaugh
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173½Gus Lesnevich
45
5
5
173½
 W  
UD15/15
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USA
National Boxing Association World light heavyweight title
NYSAC World light heavyweight title
"Before the fight Conn said that if he won he would quit the 175-pound class to campaign among the heavyweights, aiming for a shot at Champion Joe Louis." New York Times The official scorecards were 8-5-2, 6-3-6, and 7-6-2, all in favor of Conn.
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173½Henry Cooper
29
19
2
190
 W  
UD12/12
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
"Conn was able to do with his rival just bout what he pleased". He won every round except the 6th. (New York Times)
referee: Arthur Donovan
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171¼Gus Lesnevich
44
4
5
174½
 W  
UD15/15
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
NYSAC World light heavyweight title
National Boxing Association World light heavyweight title
Attendance: 13,704; Gate: $45,067
referee: Johnny McAvoy 8-5   judge: Marty Monroe 10-5, Joe Lynch 9-6
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171½Melio Bettina
46
7
2
174¼
 W  
UD15/15
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
NYSAC World light heavyweight title
National Boxing Association World light heavyweight title
referee: Red Robinson   judge: Johnny FundyChick Rodgers
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173Gus Dorazio
39
7
1
186
 W  
TKO8/10
Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Conn was "far ahead on points" over Dorazio, who "half-blind from a cut over the left eye, was all but hanging on" when the fight was stopped. (New York Times)
time: 1:52   referee: Leo Houck
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170½Melio Bettina
45
6
2
173¼
 W  
UD15/15
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
vacant National Boxing Association World light heavyweight title
NYSAC World light heavyweight title
The official scorecards were 10-5, 8-7, and 9-6, all in favor of Conn. Attendance: 15,295; Gross receipts: $50,869.11
referee: Frank Fullam   judge: Marty MonroeGeorge LeCron
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170¼Solly Krieger
75
17
6
166
 W  
UD12/12
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
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167Fred Apostoli
34
4
0
161
 W  
UD15/15
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
referee: Frank Fullam 8-7   judge: Joe Lynch 9-6, George LeCron 9-6
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167¾Fred Apostoli
34
3
0
160½
 W  
UD10/10
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
referee: Billy Cavanaugh 5-2   judge: George LeCron 6-4, Bill Healy 5-4
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165¼Solly Krieger
71
16
5
163
 W  
UD12/12
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Conn clearly won this rematch with Krieger.
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167Honey Boy Jones
34
14
1
161
 W  
PTS10/10
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
referee: Freddie Mastrean   judge: George KutzbauerKarl Koern
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169Ray Actis
32
8
5
166
 W  
TKO8/10
Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA
Conn was knocked down in the 3rd round by a left hook.
time: 2:31   referee: Joe Gorman
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168Teddy Yarosz
91
9
2
162
 L 
UD12/12
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
referee: Freddie Mastrean   judge: Willie DaviesAlvin (Jap) Williams
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169½Erich Seelig
38
8
4
165½
 W  
MD10/10
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
referee: Red Robinson
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167½Domenico Ceccarelli
26
19
9
170½
 W  
PTS10/10
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Ceccarelli was down in rounds one and nine.
judge: Willie DaviesKarl Koern
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165Honey Boy Jones
31
13
1
158
 W  
PTS12/12
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
A hard-fought affair, won decisively by Conn.
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163Solly Krieger
61
14
5
162½
 L 
UD12/12
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Conn was floored for an 8-count in the eighth round. Krieger won decisively.
referee: Freddie Mastrean   judge: Alvin (Jap) WilliamsGeorge MacBeth
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163½Young Corbett III
113
10
22
158¼
 W  
UD10/10
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
This was a good fight, won clearly by Conn.
referee: Freddie Mastrean   judge: George MacBethAlvin (Jap) Williams
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162Teddy Yarosz
88
5
2
161
 W  
SD15/15
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Results from the Pittsburgh Press. Conn staged a dramatic rally in the last three rounds to win the decision. The decision was very unpopular; most of the spectators thought that Yarosz had the edge on rounds won, on which basis the fight was judged. The official verdicts were 8-6-1 and 8-7 for Conn and 9-4-2 (Mastrean) for Yarosz. Regis Welsh of the Pittsburgh Press scored it 8-5-2 for Yarosz.
referee: Freddie Mastrean   judge: Karl KoernGeorge Kutzbauer
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160Young Corbett III
112
10
22
157
 L 
PTS10/10
Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA
A left to the jaw floored Conn for a three-count in round two.
referee: Jack Downey
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159¾Ralph Chong
46
37
4
166
 W  
TKO6/10
Idora Park, Youngstown, Ohio, USA
The Youngstown Vindicator reported that Chong, having sustained a badly cut right eye, failed to answer the bell for round 6.
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161Teddy Yarosz
88
4
2
161
 W  
SD12/12
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
referee: Al Grayber 5-3   judge: George MacBeth 3-8, Alvin (Jap) Williams 6-4
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161½Oscar Rankins
34
25
4
162½
 W  
SD10/10
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Robinson & Kutzbauer for Conn - McBeth for Rankin; Conn took a nine-count in round two and apologised to his manager Johnny Ray in the dressing room for getting KOd, Ray surprised replied "not to worry you won the fight on points".
referee: Red Robinson   judge: George MacBethGeorge Kutzbauer
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161Vince Dundee
117
17
14
157¼
 W  
UD10/10
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Conn won a close, tough battle.
referee: Al Grayber   judge: Willie DaviesAlvin (Jap) Williams
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160Babe Risko
63
17
10
160¾
 W  
UD10/10
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Conn was reported to have boxed brilliantly in defeating Risko.
referee: Al Grayber
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156¾Fritzie Zivic
48
16
4
149½
 W  
SD10/10
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
referee: Al Grayber 4-5   judge: Alvin (Jap) Williams 6-3, George MacBeth 5-4
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158Jimmy Brown
32
9
2
160¾
 W  
TKO9/10
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
referee: Freddie Mastrean
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154Ralph Chong
46
28
3
160
 W  
UD8/8
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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156½Charley Weise
13
24
5
163
 W  
UD10/10
Islam Grotto, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
referee: Red Robinson   judge: Alvin (Jap) WilliamsGeorge Kutzbauer
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156½Roscoe Manning
26
14
5
166
 W  
TKO5/10
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Manning was stopped on a cut left eye.
referee: Red Robinson
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151Honey Boy Jones
21
11
0
154½
 W  
SD10/10
Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania, USA
This was a rousing battle according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
referee: Red Robinson   judge: Primo ColumbusAlvin (Jap) Williams
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155½Teddy Movan
13
3
3
155
 W  
UD8/8
Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania, USA
referee: Red Robinson   judge: George KutzbauerAlvin (Jap) Williams
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157Teddy Movan
13
2
3
155
 W  
UD8/8
Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
This was a tough battle and a close Conn win.
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154General Burrows
11
6
0
149½
 W  
UD8/8
Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania, USA
referee: Jess Willard   judge: Karl KoernPrimo Columbus
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155Honey Boy Jones
17
10
0
157
 W  
PTS10/10
Greenlee Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Conn decisively won his second fight with Jones.
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156Honey Boy Jones
17
9
0
160
 W  
UD8/8
Greenlee Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
referee: Buck McTiernan   judge: Karl KoernAlvin (Jap) Williams
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155Dick Ambrose
5
11
1
161
 W  
SD6/6
Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania, USA
referee: Al Grayber   judge: George MacBethAlvin (Jap) Williams
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157General Burrows
11
5
0
155
 W  
PTS6/6
Moose Lodge, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Conn looked great in this fight and got his first recognition as an outstanding prospect.
referee: Red Robinson
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155Steve Nickleash
2
6
1
155
 W  
UD6/6
Moose Lodge, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Conn scored two knockdowns in the fourth round.
referee: Red Robinson   judge: Alvin (Jap) WilliamsGeorge Kutzbauer
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152Steve Nickleash
2
5
1
155
 W  
UD6/6
Northside Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
referee: Al Grayber
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151¾Louis Cook
14
11
5
150
 W  
UD8/8
Northside Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Conn was down in round one but came back to win a sizzling fight.
referee: Ernie Sesto   judge: Primo ColumbusGeorge Kutzbauer
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152Louis Cook
14
10
5
152½
 W  
UD6/6
Northside Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
This was reported to have been a close slugfest.
referee: Joe Orisini   judge: Primo ColumbusKarl Koern
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149Johnny Yurcini
1
4
0
148½
 W  
TKO4/6
Northside Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
referee: Buck McTiernan
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150Steve Walters
3
0
0
150
 W  
PTS6/6
Northside Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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147½Teddy Movan
8
1
2
150
 D 
PTS6/6
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
referee: Al Grayber   judge: Primo ColumbusGeorge MacBeth
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149Johnny Yurcini
1
3
0
143
 W  
PTS6/6
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA
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147Johnny Yurcini
1
1
0
 W  
PTS6/6
Washington, Pennsylvania, USA
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147George Liggins
0
2
0
145
 W  
UD4/4
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
referee: Joe Orisini   judge: Primo ColumbusKarl Koern
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147¼Teddy Movan
7
1
2
147½
 L 
SD4/4
Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania, USA
referee: Buck McTiernan   judge: Primo ColumbusGeorge MacBeth
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145½Ray Eberle
4
6
3
147½
 W  
UD5/5
Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania, USA
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144¾Teddy Movan
6
0
2
147¾
 L 
PTS4/4
Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania, USA
referee: Buck McTiernan
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142½Ralph Gizzy
2
6
2
142
 L 
PTS6/6
Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania, USA
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146½Ray Eberle
3
5
3
145½
 W  
SD6/6
Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania, USA
referee: Joe Zivic   judge: Stanley PhillipsPrimo Columbus
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143½Ralph Gizzy
1
5
2
139½
 L 
UD4/4
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
referee: Joe Orisini
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144½George Schlee
1
8
0
142
 W  
KO2/6
Moose Lodge, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
time: 1:30   referee: Red Robinson   judge: Stanley PhillipsKarl Koern
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Stanley Nagy
1
0
0
 W  
PTS4/4
Wheeling, West Virginia, USA
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143Ray Eberle
2
4
3
142
 L 
PTS6/6
Moose Lodge, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
referee: Joe Zivic   judge: Karl KoernGeorge Kutzbauer
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143½Johnny Birek
5
11
2
144
 W  
SD6/6
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, this was a "hot" fight.
referee: Red Robinson   judge: Stanley PhillipsKarl Koern
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139Pete Leone
1
2
0
140
 L 
RTD3/6
Wheeling, West Virginia, USA
Results from the Wheeling Register: "Conn, without any apparent reason, refused to answer the bell for the fourth round." In an interview years later Conn explained that he had eaten a huge meal beforehand, which made him sick during the fight.
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137½Paddy Gray
1
4
1
139½
 W  
PTS4/4
Northside Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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136Bob Dorman
2
0
0
130
 W  
PTS6/6
Parkersburg, West Virginia, USA
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135Johnny Lewisdebut
137
 W  
KO3/6
Valley Bell Park, Charleston, West Virginia, USA
At present, this is the earliest known fight for Conn. Previously, it was thought that he fought Dick Woodward at Fairmont WV on 28 June 1934, but a newspaper check has shown that Conn and Woodward didn't meet then.
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