Edwin 'Eddie' McCoy, Sr. - Boxing - Softball & Basketball Coach
Year Inducted: 1990
Edwin “Eddie” McCoy was born on September 24, 1925 in Ludington, Michigan. In high school, he would play basketball and football, but he was to become known for his expertise in an entirely different sport.
At the spontaneous urging of his brother, ED started his boxing career three weeks before his fourteenth birthday at the Oceana County Fair. Fighting with borrowed equipment and not experience, he was hardly a formidable opponent. However, he was soon an accomplished boxer and gained great notoriety in the Army Air Force, winning several titles:
- 1944 Scott Field Novice Middleweight Championship
- 1946 Southern Air Force Light Heavyweight Championship
- 1948 Eastern Air Force Light Heavyweight Championship
He was also the runner-up for the 1946 Eastern Air Force Championship and the 1946 European All Allied Forces Championship.
Locally, Ed was the Port Huron Golden Gloves Light Heavyweight Champion in 1948 and the Port Huron Golden Gloves Middleweight Champ in 1949. After retiring from the ring, he trained several area boxers.
Ed coached several area youth teams in softball and basketball, and while working with the Recreation Department, organized the first Youth Flag Football Program. In 1958, he began umpiring for Port Huron Little League and remained in the organization over 30 years. His dedication to Little League led him to function as a coach, manager, Field Director and Board Chairman. He also served as Michigan District #7 Administrator covering St. Clair, Sanilac, Lapeer and Macomb Counties. His involvement and dedication allowed thousands of young ballplayers to enjoy the National Pastime.
Ed worked on the Port Huron Police Force for 24 years and is a Past President of the Fraternal Order of Police. He and his wife, June, have one son, Edwin, Jr.