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Kelly, John Brendan (04 October 1889–20 June 1960), athlete and businessman, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of John Henry Kelly, a woolen mill worker, and Mary Ann Costello. Both parents were Irish immigrants, and “Jack” Kelly was the youngest boy in a family of ten children. From modest beginnings, the Kellys of Philadelphia’s East Falls, a working-class neighborhood near the Schuylkill River, went on to enjoy unusual success in business, entertainment, and sports. Among Kelly’s brothers were ...

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Kelly, John Brendan, Jr. (24 May 1927–02 March 1985), businessman and athlete, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of John B. Kelly, Sr., a businessman, and Margaret Majer. The brother of actress Grace Kelly, he was the only son of parents who had distinguished themselves in sports prior to their marriage. His mother had been a competitive swimmer and had earned her college degree in physical education, while his father had won three gold medals in rowing at the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium....

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Pilkington, James (04 January 1851–25 April 1929), athlete and sport administrator, was born in Cavendish, Windsor County, Vermont, the son of Thomas Pilkington and Ann Cusack, farmers. Tall and especially mature for his age, Pilkington dropped out of high school and on 5 June 1863 joined the Union army as a bugler in the Twenty-fourth Independent Battery of Ohio Volunteer Light Artillery. After the war the 6′ 2″, athletically inclined Pilkington joined the New York City police force and immediately became a champion amateur boxer, wrestler, and club rower. In 1877 he married Constance Burke; they had one child. As a member of the Broadway Police Squad, Pilkington helped found the Police Athletic and Empire Athletic associations. On 11 March 1882 the old Madison Square Garden hosted the national amateur heavyweight boxing and wrestling championships, with Pilkington winning both events....