Tom McKay's Scrap Book - '52

| TOM | Boxer | Marine | Teacher | Family | Legs McKay |

- Click on photo for larger view -


Tom McKay, '52
Boxer, US Marine, Texas Cop, Coach, Teacher and Mar Vista High School Graduate

 [Article appearing, January 14, 1985, in the El Paso Jaycees Business Review]

Born in Balmorhea, Texas, on Oct 2, 1934 Thomas W. McKay moved to El Paso in 1939.  Son of a rodeo promoter, father McKay was to be the lawyer of the family.  But his father's death and hard times forced Tom and other brothers and sisters into St. Margaret's Orphanage during World War II.  After that, the family lived in downtown El Paso, Washington Park, and Sunset Heights.

McKay first scuffled at the old Christian youth Organization in the 1940's.  In 1948, he moved to Pampa, Texas, and was able to aid his family by working in a local theater.  His boss Ollie Wilhelm was an ex-pro boxer and on occasion, McKay got some training and a few bouts.  California and Archie Moore's Club were next and McKay graduated from Mar Vista High School.  After a few years with the telephone company , McKay joined the Marine Corps and fought smokers in boot camp.  Marriage and the Odessa oil field came along next.

McKay missed El Paso and returned home as an agent for Aetna Life Insurance Co.  McKay also missed physical action and joined the El Paso Police Department.  During 1965-67, McKay worked as administrator of the Regional Golden Gloves Tournament.  He was inspired by one of the coaches during this time.  So at every possible moment, McKay spent time learning.  During the interim, he went to UTEP and graduated in the top ten percent of the class of 1971.  High school sports also entered his life and two years were spend coaching football track and basketball.

But boxing was still number one in his life.  McKay worked at San Juan and Carolina Centers for a number of years before moving to Fort Bliss.  In 1984, with only six boxers in the Golden Gloves, Fort Bliss had five champions, losing only one fight to another club and tying for both novice and open titles.

McKay is proud of the boxers he has worked with.  He feels most proud with his work with four-time champion Cliff Thomas, now a karate boxing champion.  Randall "Tex" Cobb lived with McKay who was his first trainer.  McKay now holds a masters degree and teaches biology at Austin High School when not working in the gym.


- Click on photo for larger view -

| TOM | Boxer | Marine | Teacher | Family | Legs McKay |