is with great sadness that we report the passing of our
friend, Freddy Sammons. Sammons was an amateur and
professional boxer who was born in Philadelphia, but grew up
in the Linwood section of Lower Chichester, PA. As an
amateur lightweight, Sammons was the runner up in both the
1939 & 1940 Philadelphia Diamond Belt Tournament. After
serving in WWII, Sammons turned professional as a
welterweight in 1943 and posted a 19-8-2 pro record through
1948. In addition to his local appearances at the Olympia,
Met, Arena, Convention Hall & Cambria, Sammons also made
starts at the Boston Gardens and Madison Square Garden.
After his retirement from the ring, he worked for
Westinghouse Corporation. Sammons was a PA Boxing Hall of
Famer, and an active member of the VBA. Freddy died
Saturday, 4/18/09, four years after his wife Agatha. He was 91,
and will be greatly missed by all of us who knew him.