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- Boxing out of Detroit, Eddie Crook, Jr.(April 19, 1929-July 28, 2005), was an Olympic Gold medalist for the United States at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, in the 165 pound class. Crook defeated Tadeusz Walasek of Poland in the Gold medal match by 3-2 decision. Reportedly he was the only Army boxer to ever win an Olympic Gold Medal. He had no professional career.
- Boxing out of Montgomery, Alabama in 1956 he won the Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions by ko in round 2 vs. Willie Anderson.
- After boxing Crook was quarterback of the Berlin Bears, earning All-Army honors and named "Most Valuable Player."
- Crook served two tours in Vietnam with the US Army, and was awarded as Silver Star, Bronze Star, and two Purple Hearts.
- ROTC Instructor at Alcorn State in Mississippi
- Crook died on July 28, 2005 of natural causes in Montgomery, Alabama. He was 76.
- Interred at Fort Benning's Main Post Cemetery
Olympic games results
1960 (as a middleweight)
- Defeated Geronimo Odreman (Venezuela) TKO 1
- Defeated Peter Odhiambo (Uganda) 5-0
- Defeated Lo Pu Chang (Formosa/Taiwan) TKO 3
- Defeated Ion Monea (Romania) KO 2
- Defeated Tadeusz Walasek (Poland) 3-2
| Olympic Gold Medalist
| Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions