John “PET” Muldoon
- Post by: mcalibrary
- January 3, 2024
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Pet is mostly remembered s being one of the most outstanding sandlot athletes to pass through the coal region, competing in baseball, football, and boxing. AS a professional boxer, he compiled a record of 22 wins in 24 bouts. In one fight, he was credited with a 28 second knockout. One local sportswriter at that time described Muldoon as one of the best fighters ever turned out of this area. He possessed a wallop and had footwork to carry him away from danger. He later went on to coach boxing at Kulpmont High School in the early 40’s.
As a baseball player, Pet was an outstanding shortstop for the Mount Carmel Jednota Society Team which competed on a statewide basis with teams from as far away as Allentown, Reading, Pottstown and Scranton. He once batted against the great Grover Cleveland Alexander in an exhibition game against the touring House of David team.
He is one of the founders of Mount Carmel Little League Baseball. He served as a coach for both the Moose and Out Lady’s teams, leading both to outstanding records. He gave his time as an umpire for a number of years and is probably the leading authority on baseball rules in this area.
As a football player, Pet used his speed and quickness as an outstanding pass-catching end with Gerry Breslin proclaiming that he had “the best hands he’d ever seen.”
Previously honored as a special honoree, Pet now takes his rightful place as an inductee into the Ed Romance Chapter of the PA Sports Hall of Fame.