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Frank Floyd

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameFrank Joseph•Floyd
Used nameFrank•Floyd
Other namesJack Egan
Born27 May 1878 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA)
Died15 March 1950 in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania (USA)
Measurements60 kg
NOC United States

Biography

All Olympic record books list the silver medallist in the 1904 lightweight boxing event as Jack Eagan (although spelled Egan). He lost the final on decision to Harry Spanjer, while Russell Van Horn took third place. But more than a year later, Eagan was discovered to have been fighting under an alias. This was not uncommon at the time, as many more wealthy citizens did not want to be associated with sports. Eagan’s real name was Frank Floyd, and he came from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. While this may not seem serious, by the rules of the AAU it was illegal to fight under an assumed name, a so-called “ringer”. In November 1905, the AAU decided that “Eagan” would be disqualified from all AAU competitions, and he would have to return his prizes. The Atlantic Association that had knowingly accepted Floyd’s application as Eagan was also expelled from the AAU.

As a lightweight, he won two decisions before losing in the finals to Harry Spanjer. He was denied his chance for a rematch with Spanjer when Al Young beat him in the semi-finals of the welterweight class.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1904 Summer Olympics Boxing USA Jack Egan
Lightweight, Men (Olympic) AC
Welterweight, Men (Olympic) AC