- Gerald R. Gems
D’Amato, Cus (17 January 1908–04 November 1985), boxing coach and manager, was born Constantine D’Amato in the Bronx, New York, the son of Damiamo D’Amato and Elizabeth Rosato, Italian immigrants who had come to the United States in 1899. D’Amato’s father worked as a coal and ice delivery man to support his large family of eight sons, only five of whom survived infancy. Cus D’Amato was the second youngest. His mother died before he entered school; consequently, D’Amato grew up on the streets, where his given name was abbreviated to Cus. There he acquired his father’s love of pugilism and practiced it readily. D’Amato’s father had been a wrestler, and one of his brothers boxed. By the age of twelve he had suffered a head injury in a fight with an adult that left him nearly blind in one eye. After dropping out of high school D’Amato worked briefly as a millworker and as a campaign worker in New York City mayor ...