Name: Leo Lomski
Alias: Aberdeen Assassin
Birth Name: Leo Joseph Lomski
Birthplace: Oklahoma, USA
Died: 1975-11-12 (Age:72)
Hometown: Aberdeen, Washington, USA
Height: 5′ 10″ / 178cm
Reach: 71″ / 180cm
Boxing Record: click
Division: Light Heavyweight
Trainers: Bernie Dillon, Harry Smith
Managers: Eddie Eicher, Bobby Evans
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According to the Seattle Daily Times, July 21, 1925: Leo Lomski had been born in Oklahoma, and his family moved to Chewelah--a small town in eastern Washington state, when he was two-years-old. He took part in most athletics in the area. (BoxRec Note: At least two other sources state that he actually had been born in Davenport, Ohio, and that he had moved to Chewelah when he was 11-years-old. However, his Death Certificate confirms Oklahoma as his state of birth.)
Lomski started boxing soon after joining the United States Navy in 1918 during World War I (apparently when he was some 15-years-old). He won three amateur bouts, winning all by knockout. His "pay" for these wins was 72 hours of shore leave. He was discharged from the Navy on May 7, 1920.
His professional debut occurred July 4, 1922, when he KO'd Frank (KO) Weeks in Grandview, Washington, as the main event of Grandview's Fourth of July smoker. This is per the July 21, 1925 Seattle Daily Times. (This bout has not been entered into the BoxRec database, as it cannot be substantiated by any local "day-after" newspaper so far, and thus is considered an "unconfirmed" bout.) Per the Spokane Spokesman-Review newspaper of about October 31, 1923, Lomski also had a win over Young Stanley Ketchell, Labor Day 1923.
Chet McIntyre, well-known Seattle athletic director, boxer, and promoter--who ran the Morning Athletic Club in Mullan, Idaho (which was established by the Federal Mining Company for the many miners of the area)--saw Lomski's potential and acquired his management. McIntyre had Lomski face, early on, Billy Conley, Leo Stokes, Danny Needham, George McCormick, Billy Wright, and others, with Lomski winning all except a four-round decision to Red Campbell at Portland--reportedly Lomski's fifth bout.
By late 1924, Lomski was living in Aberdeen, Washington, shortly after the Spokane Spokesman-Review had published a quote by McIntyre saying that Lomski had returned to McIntyre's management after losing by a KO in earlier bout, and predicting that Lomski would never leave him again. While in Aberdeen, Lomski came under the management of Eddie Eicher, manager of the Grays Harbor Athletic Club. (The January 13, 1930 Spokane Spokesman-Review reported that Lomski had managed Eicher's Aberdeen cigar store in 1924.) Lomski engaged in about 20 bouts, winning 16 by decision, three by kayo, and drawing twice--again according to local newspaper accounts. Lomski was sometimes nicknamed the "Aberdeen Assassin" and the "Aberdeen Pole." (His father was a Polish Jew, and his mother a Scotswoman.) To this day Lomski is the most-famous boxer ever from the Grays Harbor area. (Ted (Krashing) Krache perhaps is second. And World Middleweight champion Freddie Steele, while not originally from this area, eventually spent the last years of his life there.)
Per the Bellingham American newspaper of April 1926, he quit boxing for some time to play with the Aberdeen Black Cats baseball team.
According to another newspaper account, Lomski, while in New York, had appeared in a one-reel motion picture entitled Ezekiel Aloysius Lomski, about a fellow who, by circumstance, decides to become a professional boxer, "climbing the ladder to fame." Tacoma News Tribune, April 5, 1928.
According to the May 1928 The Ring magazine, on whose cover Lomski was featured, and the November 10, 1929 Arena publication, Lomski's fights in the Navy were at 140 pounds. After the Weeks's fight, he promoted himself in two bouts at Grangeville, Idaho--both resulting in KO wins. Prior to his first loss to Red Campbell, he reportedly also beat Martin Lee and Cecil Manning--both at Moscow, Idaho. (Those bouts also need to be confirmed.)
By 1932 he was wrestling professionally, per an April Tacoma News Tribune article. Later, while apparently working as a "special policeman," he was arrested in San Francisco, California, for allegedly ransacking some apartments, "looking for papers" as a policeman with some other folks, and taking some items without permission. The result of this incident is unknown. He was working as a bouncer at a bar in San Francisco in late 1935, per the Spokane Spokesman-Review. This was prior to him launching his comeback.
In 1946, Lomski began training Portland, Oregon Heavyweight hopeful Roy Hawkins. Lomski would attempt to have Hawkins adopt his style and use his famous right hand to the heart punch. Lomski would actually get in the ring with his young protege in sparring. According to Portland Oregonian writer L.H. Gregory, he would have two teeth knocked out and one eye blackened after one heated sparring session.
After retiring from boxing, Lomski joined the Merchant Marines. Dan Walton mentioned in his "Sports-log" column of the Nov. 18, 1949 TNT, that Lomski had visited his hometown of Hoquiam a few days earlier, and that for the previous nine years Lomski had been a seaman traveling around the world four times, and to the Orient 19 times. Lomski was then employed as a deck engineer aboard the Sudden & Christensen freighter Henry M. Teller.
Lomski died in the ocean town of Grayland, Washington, November 12, 1975. He was survived by his wife, Mildred Hood Lomski (who survived him for many years afterward), three sons, and a sister. He was cremated at Fern Hill Cemetery, Aberdeen, WA, (where fellow Washington boxer, and former World Champion, Freddie Steele is interred). It is unknown what became of Lomski's ashes, but it is suspected they were dispersed into the ocean, due to his love of the sea.
The New York Times obituary said that Lomski had fought 275 bouts (perhaps a dubious figure). November 14, 1975, p. 40. It also mentioned that he had missed the Light Heavyweight Title in 1928 from Tommy Loughran by just one second--having knocked Loughran down for a nine-count.