Lorenzo Snow circa 1892. Although he retired from the ring at the age of 29, Lorenzo had amassed an astounding record of 168-2 with 156 knockouts.
Lorenzo Snow and Margret McEldowney on their wedding day , April 1, 1872.
Maggie McEldowney circa 1874. A year earlier, she was arrested with Susan B. Anthony for illegally trying to vote.
The original Trinity Boxing Club. On Sundays, the ring was transformed into a pulpit where “Reverend” Lorenzo would rail against the moral turpitude of professional prizefighting. Afterwards, the congregation would throw on the gear and put his sermon to the test.
Maggie flexing the guns. A rumored affair with Charles Atlas led to a showdown between Lorenzo and the legendary strongman.
The Snow men. Maggie gave birth to eighteen boys over two decades, an incredible feat considering she compiled a 46-1 record during that same time period.
Maggie McEldowney in 1868. After a stint in vaudeville, turned her attention to the ring, where she earned the nickname ” The Manhattan Mauler.”
Family feuds were settled the old fashioned way – in the ring!
Surrounded by his eldest sons, Lorenzo Jr. was often referred to as ‘The Pope of Greenwich Village.”
Liam and Brendan square off at the Cain and Abel Charity Boxing Dinner sponsored by the Holy Name Society. This annual event was a favorite of the Snow clan. It was a great way to work out family issues and raise social consciousness at the same time. As usual, Sister Joseph Loretta kept the fights clean!
Santino Snow, father of the medicine ball. Uncle Sonny’s friendship with Thomas Alva Edison inspired over 2,000 inventions including sneakers, situps and the athletic supporter.
“Antonio Snow is the hardest puncher I have ever faced. Harder than Willard and Firpo combined.” — Jack Dempsey.
Antonio, touted by many as the heir apparent to the Manassa Mauler, was shot and killed in a poker game by Benjamin Siegal, better known by his nickname, “Bugsy.”
Uncle Fredo once set a World Record by jumping rope for three days, sixteen hours and twenty seven minutes straight. Despite his physical prowess and steely resolve, being cross-eyed made prizefighting nearly impossible.
Uncle Angelo. In a classic case of sibling rivalry, Angelo attempted to break the jump rope record set by his brother Fredo just two weeks earlier. After 73 hours, suffering from dehydration and shin splints, Angelo collapsed into a coma from which he never recovered. At his funeral six days later, a tearful Fredo eulogized his fallen brother. “If only his brain was as big as his heart, poor Angelo would still be with us today.”
Uncle Mickey, Petey and Fabrizio with frequent ”camper” and lightweight champion Benny Leonard. Leonard, although he was Jewish, was godfather to all three.
First Holy Communions were always a good excuse for a boxing exhibition, so much so that Second and Third Holy Communions soon became the norm, not the exception.