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Alex Scassa Sr.

Manager / Promoter ∙ Monaca

 

 

 

 

Alex Scassa Sr was a sports figure in Beaver County for nearly 50 years. He was raised in Monaca and resided in Rochester and Beaver Falls for many years. He was inducted into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame in the meritorious service category, largely for his long career as a promoter of both amateur and professional boxing shows and pro wrestling. Bruno Sanmartino made his professional debut on one of Scassa’s wrestling shows in 1960 in Hopewell Township. In his youth, Alex was both an amateur and professional boxer and was a tri state Golden Glove champion in the lightweight class. He started boxing in the 1920s with Teddy Yarosz of Monaca and was a sparring partner for the middleweight champ in his heyday. As a trainer, manager, and second of boxers, he worked with such fighters as General Burrows, Mike Raffa, Ernie Pelia, Harold Hazlett, and Arbie Bowie. Alex was the organizer of the CIO Local 211 gym in Aliquippa and was a founder of both the Beaver County Boxing Hall of Fame and the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame. He served on many fund raising committees, including the one that helped send Judy Hult Howe and Bud Marquette to the 1956 Olympics in Australia. For many years, Alex researched the sports history of Beaver County. His son, Alex Scassa Jr, is also a member of the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame.