Born: October 27, 1920
Died: May 24, 1989
Patrick Edward Comiskey was born October 27, 1920 in Paterson. His father, James, was an ironworker. Tall, broad-shouldered and immensely powerful, Pat was drawn to boxing as a teen during the Depression and made a name for himself in the amateur ranks as a devastating puncher. He was trained by Johnny Lane and managed by Bill Daly. Eventually, the curly-haired teen grew to 6’3” and 202 pounds. Pat was married briefly to a New York model, but they were divorced before Pat turned 19.
Pat’s first pro fight pitted him against Jack Glover in Newark. Just 17 years old, he knocked Glover out in the first round. Pat dispatched his next six opponents with equal efficiency knocking them out in either the first or second round. His 10-bout winning streak came to an end in Madison Square Garden in 1939, when he fought to a draw with Gene Bronin on the undercard.
Pat didn’t actually lose a fight until December 1939, when he lost a brutal 8-round decision to Steve Dudas. Pat injured both hands pounding away on Dudas; many felt he deserved to win. After recovering from a broken right hand, he defeated Dudas in June of 1940. Pat’s thunderous right hand was as effective as ever, earning him one of the era’s best nicknames: The Celtic Crusher.
Pat was on the fast track to stardom when he faced 31-year-old Max Baer in Roosevelt Stadium that September. Pat's fans were certain that he would be the man to one day knock Joe Louis off his perch; defeating Baer, the former heavyweight champ, was viewed as an important step on his way to the title shot. However, Baer pummeled Pat in the opening round and referee Jack Dempsey stopped the