Henry Hascup

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Henry Hascup (born October 8, 1948, Paterson, New Jersey) is a noted boxing historian and ring announcer [1], who is famous as the man called upon to give the eulogy at the funeral of hundreds of deceased boxers, calling on his historical expertise in the field of boxing to tell their families the story of the boxer's life in the ring.

Contents 1 Early life 2 A real-life Mike Brady of The Brady Bunch 3 Contributions to boxing 4 Career as announcer of over 800 amateur and professional bouts, and the famed 9 count 5 Charitable endeavors, and the man of boxing eulogies 6 Role as boxing and sports historian 7 References

Early life

After some time in Foster Homes, Hascup moved back with his real parents where he attended Passaic County Tech High School in Paterson, New Jersey. A championship caliber runner with a tall, slender frame, He won the 1966 state tech cross country championship. He worked as a supervisor at Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) for 37 years until retirement. Hascup is married with eight children and 15 grandchildren.

A real-life Mike Brady of The Brady Bunch

Hascup was a single parent with four children and a dog, and in a scene worthy of the late actor Robert Reed, who played Mike Brady (The Brady Bunch) on the television series 'The Brady Bunch', Hascup met and married another single parent, his wife Joyce, with four children and a dog. The married couple then took in another two children, to complete a Cinderella human interest story of a real life 'Brady Bunch' household. "We had eight children, four of hers, four of mine, and we even took in two other kids, so we (my wife Joyce and I) ended up with ten kids, two dogs, and us two!" [2]

Contributions to boxing

Henry Hascup's contributions to the sport of boxing are too numerous to list. His most noteworthy endeavors to date, which continue to advance the sport of boxing, include: President of the New Jersey Diamond Gloves competition for the past 26 years (Amateur Golden Gloves) President of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame for 28 Years President for the forth year of the New Jersey Association of USA Boxing, which oversees amateur boxing Contributing editor of Boxrec online, dealing with ring records of professional boxers and officials Charter member of the International Boxing Research Organization International Boxing Hall of Fame Modern Committee and Old Timer's committee member Regional supervisor for the International Boxing Association Boxing historian for Ring 8, the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame and the Boxing Writer's Association of America Board member with the AAIB Serving as Master of Ceremonies for many sporting events in the Metropolitan New York-New Jersey region [3]

Career as announcer of over 900 amateur and professional bouts, and the famed 9 count

Hascup has served as ring announcer for over eight hundred amateur and professional bouts, most frequently in New York State, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. He is known for the 9 count (rather than the traditional 10 count ringing of the bell) for fallen boxers. As for why Hascup rings a 9 count for fallen boxers and luiminaries (instead of the traditional 10 count) instead of 10 count, according to Hascup, "A small part of them (the departed fighter) will stay with the family and friends, and help to perpetuate and live on the memory of that fighter, a small part of them to the next generation. The 10 count is final, the 9 count is not. [4]

Charitable endeavors, and the man of boxing eulogies

Through his work with the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame, Hascup's ongoing charitable endeavors help out down and out boxers financially, as well as his paying for funeral processions and tombstones of departed fighters. "Through the efforts of our New Jersey Hall of Fame board members, we personally visit ex-fighters in need, help them, bring them groceries, call them, and let them know somebody cares, so they (the boxers) are not forgotten," explained Hascup. Incredibly, Hascup has done well over 200 eulogies for departed boxers, trainers and luminaries known to the sport, including such well known names as Emile Griffith, Gil Clancy, Howie Albert, Arturo Gatti, Joey Giardello, Tippy Larkin, Rocky Castellini, Joe Miceli, Paul Cavalier and Johnny Colon. [5]

Role as boxing and sports historian

Known as 'the uncrowned king of sports information', sports writers from all over the world call Hascup at home to verify sports information as factual. [6] A trivia expert of all sports, Hascup's collection of rare boxing books, magazines, gloves and memorabilia goes back hundreds of years, to the 1800's. His collection includes over 10,000 sports magazines and 2000 sports books. [7] It provides an invaluable resource when the time comes to research a fighter before: presenting an award or recognition; writing a biography telling about a fighter's accomplishments and achievements in the ring; and most importantly-at the required moment when Hascup's presence is needed to deliver a departed boxer's eulogy.

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