Eddie (Brewster) Pinkman

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Name: Eddie Pinkman
Alias: Eddie Brewster
Birth Name: Edward Eugene Pinkman
Hometown: Seattle, Washington, USA
Birthplace: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
Died: 1974-05-20 (Age:79)
Judge: Record
Referee: Record
Pro Boxer: Record
Amateur Boxer: Record

Division: Lightweight
Manager: Dan Salt

23 May 1917 Seattle Star

Eddie Pinkman started an amateur boxing career with the Seattle Athletic Club from as early as 1913, along with future SAC star Earl Baird. May 23, 1917 Seattle Star [1] For example, Pinkman fought an amateur bout (K-1) with Harry Weed Jan. 16, 1914 at Spokane. Baird was also on this card. The May 6, 1914 Daily Capital Journal (Salem, Oregon) reported that he had won a preliminary and semi-final at the P.N.A. championships at Vancouver, British Columbia. [2]. (The Oct. 7, 1921 Vancouver Sun reported that he had started his career in the area in 1913, when he had won the Pacific Northwest 115-lb championship at the James Bay Athletic Club in Victoria [3], [4]. See also [5].) By January 1914, fighting at 125 lbs, Pinkman had put every opponent away that season, usually in the first round, except for two bouts, and was considered "about the classiest exponent of the mitt game on the Northwest amateur circuit." [6]

Eddie Pinkman

Pinkman began his professional boxing career in August 1914. (He was an electrician by trade, when he wasn't boxing.) From 1914 thru 1916, he had only one documented loss. In December 1915, he announced he was quitting boxing, which "caused considerable excitement." [7]. Instead, in early 1916, Pinkman went to Hollywood to fight and to become a movie star. But he soon realized that one needed connections there, and he didn't have any.[8] In one of his very first fights upon returning to the Puget Sound area from Hollywood, he jokingly had his trainer powder his nose between rounds and spray violet-scented mist about him. This helped to earn him the nickname of "The Violet," and "The Shrinking Violet." (After an introductory article by Edward Hill in the June 2, 1916 Seattle Star [9], Pinkman himself wrote a series of daily articles describing this California trip, starting in the June 3 edition: [10], [11].)

In January 1917 he purchased a cigar emporium on Yesler Way in downtown Seattle. [12]. At this time, reportedly, he had been out of boxing for awhile. Instead, "handsome" Eddie Pinkman had been "pet of the cabarets and boulevards and movie hero." But then he started training again. [13]

Pinkman eventually became the Pacific Coast Lightweight Champion. In fact, he won the Pacific Coast Championship three times, retiring each time, then returning to the ring (as of July 1922). As of July 24, 1922, his record, as reported by the Wenatchee Daily World, was 152 total: 103 wins (54 by KO), 4 losses, and 45 draws. He had never been knocked off his feet.

21 June 1917 Seattle Star, p. 10

Eddie Pinkman retired from boxing for good around January 1924 to sell Ford cars for Washington state Lt. Governor "Wee" Coyle, who was a fan of boxing in general and of Pinkman in particular. In many local area Sunday newspapers of December 22, 1929, it was reported that he had won a solid-gold, diamond studded medal for selling 210 brand-new Model A's for the year at William O. McKay's Ford dealership in Seattle, Washington, USA - which was more than any other salesman.

By 1966 he had become President of the Seattle Boxing Association. Arthritis caused him to use two canes. June 21, 1966 Spokane Spokesman-Review [14]

  • June 21, 1917 Joe Bemish fan letter to the Seattle Star [15] (Bemish seems to have been one of those boxing fans who often wrote to the papers. [16])
  • Various other Seattle and Tacoma newspaper articles:[17] [18][19][20]
  • March 1, 1964 edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper photo of him with other former Pacific Northwest area boxers.