Les McGowan

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Name: Les McGowan
Alias: Baby Face
Birth Name: Lester Henry McGowan
Hometown: Buffalo, New York, USA
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, USA
Died: 1944-08-14 (Age:20)
Pro Boxer: Record
Amateur Boxer: Record

Photo 1940

Les McGowan was born and raised in Buffalo's old First Ward, the same district that produced Leo Maher, Jimmy Slattery, and Jackie Donovan. In fact, he was a protege of Slattery. McGowan was tutored by Lou Wertheimer.

In 1941, McGowan won the New York Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in the bantamweight division vs. Warren Dean, as well as the National All-American Tournament vs. Al Medrano at the Boston Garden in the bantamweight division before a paid attendance of 18,057. McGowan is believed to be 16 years old at the time.

While serving in the United States Army during World War II, McGowan was killed in action battle for Tinchebray, France, on August 14, 1944. McGowan was one of several of Buffalo's South Park High School's former students who gave their lives for their country in World War II.

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Preceded by:
Johnny Aiello
New York Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions
Bantamweight Champion

Succeeded by:
Al Turner