John “Pet” Muldoon

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Pet was an outstanding sandlot athlete, competing in baseball, football and boxing. As a professional boxer he won 22 of 24 bouts; and in one fight was credited with a 28-second knockout. He also coached boxing at Kulpmont High School in the early 40’s. He was an outstanding shortstop for the Mt. Carmel Jednota Society Team which competed on a statewide basis with teams from as far away as Allentown, Pottsville, Reading and Scranton. He once batted against Grover Cleveland Alexander in an exhibition game against the touring House of David team. He is one of perhaps a half-dozen men who were instrumental in organizing Little League Baseball in Mt. Carmel. Later, he coached the Moose and Our Lady’s Teams to outstanding records. He was also an umpire for a number of years; and is probably the leading authority on baseball’s rules in this area.

For years many taproom arguments were settled with a phone call to Pet’s home. As a football player he was a speedy, pass-catching end. No less an authority than Gerry Breslin once remarked that Pet had the “best hands he had ever seen.”

Categories: 1981 Hall of Fame