His pro career was just seven years, but Carr made quite an impression during that time. Starting in 1932, the Meriden native would go on to win 52 fights while losing 14 and forging 8 draws. Fighting during the Great Depression, Carr became a fan favorite on New Haven shows, and could boast a victory over Nathan Mann among his conquests. Carr died young, passing away at age 41 in 1954.
Fought in the same era as Jimmy Leto, and even recorded a victory over Leto in 1940. Dolan was just 18 when he turned pro in 1931. He finished his pro career with a 89-9-3 record, which included wins over Cocoa Kid and Fritzie Zivic. In 1939, Dolan went the entire year without losing a bout. The Waterbury welterweight was just 51 when he died in 1964.
When she was named the Connecticut Commissioner of Consumer Protection in 1971, Newtown native Dunn also took on the role as the nation’s first female boxing commissioner. She wasn’t afraid to ruffle feathers, denying boxing legend Willie Pep a referees license due to alleged associations with persons of questionable character. That brave stance earned earned her respect in the boxing community. Dunn would later employ Pep in another capacity. A University of Connecticut graduate, Dunn was 90 when she passed away in 2017.
Recording 41 knockouts while compiling a record of 77-23-6, Gainer was a formidable light heavyweight. The New Haven product notched victories over James J. Braddock and Tony Galento in a career that spanned from 1930-1941. Gainer also had a draw with Maxie Rosenbloom. Had streaks of 12 consecutive wins and 13 straight victories. Born in 1906, Gainer died in 1973.
After a brief pro career as a lightweight, King became the head boxing coach at Yale University in 1907. The New London native held that post until 1952 when boxing was dropped as a sport. King was so highly regarded, however, that he became Connecticut’s first boxing commissioner in 1921, serving in that capacity for two years. Born in 1884, King passed away in 1956.
From 1939-1974, Bill Lee was the sports editor and columnist at the Hartford Courant, who became known for his skilled writing about boxing. Lee’s boxing stories were so popular that the makers of the upcoming movie “Pep” have a character portraying Lee in the movie about Willie Pep. The Connecticut Sportswriters Alliance have an annual Bill Lee Male Athlete of the Year award, which was bestowed upon Marlon Starling in 1988. Starling was part of the first CBHOF induction class in 2005. Lee passed away in 1979.
Hartford native took on all comers in compiling a 125-29-12 record in a welterweight career that spanned 19 years from 1924-1943. Managed by the legendary Lou Viscusi, Leto had notable victories against Chalky Wright, Cocoa Kid, and Fritzie Zivic. He passed away in 1986 at the age of 75.