Name: Tod Morgan
Birth Name: Albert Morgan Pilkington
Hometown: Seattle, Washington, USA
Birthplace: Dungeness, Washington, USA
Died: 1953-08-03 (Age:50)
Pro Boxer: Record
Division: Super Featherweight
Trainer: Spider Roach
Managers: Fred Morgan, Frank Churchill
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According to the April 7, 1927 Spokane Spokesman-Review, Tod Morgan was born in Dungeness, WA--adjacent to current-day Sequim. (Dungeness is now a ghost town.) He became the first boxing world champion from Washington state. Today, he is one of the few in boxing history to have fought more than 200 documented bouts.
In 1927 Morgan held both the World Super Featherweight and World Junior Lightweight Championships. He took the World Junior Lightweight Title in 1926. He would also hold the Lightweight Title of Australia in later years.
Per an August 19, 1923 Seattle Daily Times newspaper article, Morgan's first bout occurred in Concrete, Washington. His second bout occurred at nearby Anacortes; his opponent was Pete Moe. (A very young Freddie Steele, another future world champion from Washington, who also lived in this particular area of northwestern Washington at the time, idolized Morgan and sometimes accompanied him on roadwork, so it's said.)
Morgan then headed south to California with his step-father Fred Morgan, who had been born in Oregon. That August 19, 1923 Seattle Daily Times article also states that Morgan's record, to that date, was 68 total bouts, losing three, and having never been knocked out.
On December 17, 1925, the Associated Press reported that Morgan, who was in San Francisco at the time, had settled the "hometown question" by proclaiming Seattle, Washington, as his official hometown--saying that he had lived there longer than anywhere else. Tod once had sold newspapers on the streets of Seattle.
After they arrived in Eureka, California, Fred put his son in boxing merely as a means of getting some strength into his body. According to the April 3, 1929 Seattle Daily Times, Fred began training Tod in the backroom of the Hoffman House in Vallejo, a soft-drink parlor and lunch room (this was during Prohibition). Fred had no intention of his son ever becoming a professional fighter, let alone a world champion. But Tod liked it so much that he began boxing professionally. On April 6, 1927, local newspapers reported that Fred Morgan had been found dead in a motor boat near Port Angeles, Washington. It was believed that a leak in the boat's exhaust pipe resulted in his death while he had slept. Tod took a break from boxing during this period.
On February 15, 1929, in Seattle, Tod Morgan adopted Billie, the four-year-old son of Mrs. Morgan (formerly of Arcata, California).
According to the December 24, 1942 Portland Oregonian, Morgan served in the Australian Army, fighting in Africa. He later returned to the United States and worked as a referee and a bellboy in hotels before he became ill in 1953 and died. He was survived by his widow, Grace, and his mother, Ms. Minta Pilkington of Reno, Nevada.
He is to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2022: .
- Sequim Gazette 25 August 2014 'A Jab from the Past':