Dr. Eddie Flynn – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
Loyola University/1932 Olympics
Heralded by many as the finest amateur boxer in New Orleans history, Eddie Flynn capped an undefeated year in the 1932 Olympics at Los Angeles by defeating Eric Campe of Germany for the welterweight gold medal.
Previously, Flynn had won two National AAU Championships (1931 and 1932) and an NCAA crown as a member of the Loyola University boxing team under the direction of fellow Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Famer Tad Gormley. He completed his amateur career with a perfect 144-0 record.
He won the 1931 AAU Welterweight Championship with a defeat of Buffalo’s Joe Lyons in a fight at Madison Square Garden – his younger brother Dennis, also a member of the Loyola team, was the runner-up in the middleweight division.
In 1932, Flynn won the AAU title in Philadelphia.
At the Los Angeles Olympic Games, Flynn defeated Luis Sardella of Argentina, Dick Barton of South Africa, and Dave McCleave of Great Britain to reach the finals against Campe, a 20-year old German policeman. Flynn won the three-round decision, 60-59. He was one of two American boxers to take gold that year and was the nation’s last Olympic boxing champion until American fighters swept five gold medals at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Finland.
After the Olympics, Flynn fought professionally until he was drafted in 1935 and served through World War II. His career record as a pro was 29-7-2. He was part of the inaugural Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame class in 1964 and was also inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame (1974) and the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame (2010).
A native of Tampa, Fla., he practiced dentistry in his hometown. Born on October 25, 1909, he passed away on February 7, 1976 at the age of 66.