Eddie Crook

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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)




Preceded by:
Gennadi Schatkov
Olympic Gold Medalist
Middleweight Champion

1960
Succeeded by:
Valeri Popenchenko
Preceded by:
Jesse Bowdry
Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions
Middleweight Champion

1956
Succeeded by:
Walter Turner