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Crosby, Steve

(born: 1875  -  died: December 22, 1913) Steve Crosby, born around 1877, was a star lightweight boxer who was born in Kentucky and lived in Louisville. He won his debute fight on January 1, 1896 against Willis Duff. Steven Crosby's overall record was 54 wins with 40 KOs; 13 losses with 6 KOs; and 18 draws. His 1897 fight with Kid Rucker was colorfully retold in the June/November 1939 issue of Harper's Magazine [see NKAA entry Steve Crosby v Edmund "Kid" Rucker]. In the 1910 U.S. Census, Steven Crosby was married and living in Baltimore, Maryland. He was a roomer at Luther Lewis's home 1047 Vine Street.

Steve Crosby's last recorded fight was against Frank Sheridan on April 16, 1912, and it was a ND fight [no decision]. The fight took place at Nonpareil A.C. in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The following month, Crosby was one of six fighters in an exhibition fight with Tommy Coleman [source: "Negro fights six men one round each," Freeman, 02/17/1912, p.7].

Steve Crosby was the son of John B. and Fannie Crosby, and the husband of Elizabeth Crosby. He died at the Morristown (PA) State Hospital for the Insane on December 22, 1913 [source: Certificate of Death, File No.121400, Registered No.730 (Ancestry)]. He is buried in Phladelphia, PA.

For more on the boxing career of Steven Crosby see his entry in BoxRec.


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NKAA Entry: Steve Crosby v Edmund "Kid" Rucker (boxing)
NKAA Source: Harper's magazine (periodical)
NKAA Source: Indianapolis freeman (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Ancestry (online)

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