From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Edgerton, Walter "Kentucky Rosebud"

(born: 1853  -  died: 1923) 

Walter Edgerton, was NOT from Kentucky; he was born in Norfolk, VA, and boxed out of Philadelphia, PA. His birth year is given as 1868.

Edgerton was a featherweight and lightweight boxer who weighed between 115-128 lbs. and stood 5 ft. 4 in. He started boxing around 1882, ending his career in 1916.

Covington, KY, native Howie Camnitz, a white baseball player, also had the nickname "Kentucky Rosebud." The name has been used by several other sport and entertainment figures.

For more see "Walter Edgerton" on the Cyber Boxing Zone website; and Ethnicity, Sport, Identity, J. A. Mangan and A. Ritchie.


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