Navy boxing champs reunite

February 08, 1991|By Doug Brown

ANNAPOLIS -- Brigade boxing champions from as far back as 1944 will return for the 50th anniversary celebration of the competition at the Naval Academy tomorrow (noon) at Hubbard Hall.

The 1991 brigade champions will be crowned during a tournament tonight (7:30) at Halsey Field House.

Among the 70 ex-champions who will attend is Lee Bramlett, captain of the 1946 football team who later ran for governor of Mississippi and made a fortune in the sugar business.

"Another guy coming back is Rod McKeon, a three-time champion at 165 pounds," said Tony Rubino, the academy's boxing coach from 1948-64. "He was the most highly decorated aviator in the Vietnam War."

Oliver North and former Secretary of the Navy James Webb, both ex-champions, were invited but are not expected to attend.

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