How the son of Sicilian immigrants became one of New Orleans' greatest athletes

Jan 18, 2017 1528

100 years after winning the Bantamweight Boxing World Championship, Pete Herman might be the greatest athlete in local history, that many New Orleanians have never heard of. "After a few years, people forget about things like that," Pete Herman's grandson Ralph Marshall said. "But back then, 50 to 100 years back, everybody knew who he was."

Pete Herman is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. A Canadian website called "The Fight City" lists Herman as the 3rd best bantamweight fighter of all-time, and his rise was rapid.

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