The Brookline Memorial Recreation Center
The Brookline Boxing Club
"Charlie's Angels"
(1958-2003)

2001 Brookline Boxing Club.

The Brookline Boxing Club, originally known as Moore Park Boxing, was a Brookline sensation dating back to 1958, when long-time Community Recreation Director Chuck Senft, started the organization. From 1958 to 1970, the club worked out of the Moore Park Recreation Center.

The club name was changed in 1971 when the program moved to the Brookline Recreation Center. Not long after, the Brookline Boxing Club took on their familiar nickname "Charlie's Angels," inspired in part by the popular 1970s televison show. Brookliner Mark Zucco designed a fitting logo and the rest was history in the making.

Brookline Boxing Club Logo

In forty-six years, from 1958 through 2003, the Angel's built up a reputation as one of the premier boxing clubs in Western Pennsylvania. In nearly half a century, the club brought home over fifty team championships and hundreds of individual titles in the Pennsylvania Golden/Silver Gloves competitions.

Over the years, generations of kids and young adults from the Brookline Community, along with many others from around the Pittsburgh area, learned boxing skills from Coach Senft, and under his leadership became Golden Gloves Champions.

Mayor Richard Caliqiuri congratulates champions
Bill Anderson, Bob Healy and Jack Kobistek.
Mayor Richard Caligiuri congratulates Golden Gloves champions Bill Anderson, Bob Healy,
Jack Kobistek and their Coach Chuck Senft in June 1979.

Many names come to mind: Billy Anderson, Joe McGee, Jake Ratay, Carlos Schrader, Ted Bayens, Mike Herisko, Harry Kaufman, Danny McKenna, Bob and David Healy, Mike and Victor Trapolsi, Jack Kobistek, Joey Calabrese, twins Paul and Phil Chalmers, Gerald Desmuke, Bruno Riccardi, Scott Magdic, Michael Diven, Craig Paulet, Danny O'Brien, Robert Watkins, Tommy Alexander, Mike Morgan, Dave Wacker and Mark Daley, to name but a few. There were hundreds upon hundreds.


The Pittsburgh Boxing Club (2005-present)

Since the reopening of the city Recreation Centers in 2005, the Boxing Club was resurrected under new leadership, and a new name, the Pittsburgh Boxing Club. Under the direction of Michelle Underwood and former Brookline boxers Mike Bayens, Robert Brown and Carlos Schrader the club once again attracted local area youths hungry to learn the skills of the ring and yearning to continue the tradition of Brookline boxing excellence.

Under their skillful guidance the Brookline Recreation Center once again offered communitys boxing hopefuls the same sort of skillful and talented instruction that we came to expect from the club's founder and spiritual leader, Chuck Senft.

 


Pittsburgh Boxing Club founders Mike Bayens, Robert Brown and Carlos Schrader with some of their
new fighers, including Golden Gloves champions Wade Lipscomb and Hugo Garcia in 2010.

 

After a couple years the club moved from the Recreation Center to two seperate locations. One was located in the old Overbrook firehouse, administered by Mike Bayens, and the other was at Dilworth Park in Mount Washington, under the direction of Robert Brown.

After a few years at the helm of the Overbrook location, Mike Bayens retired and Ted Mrkonja became director. As of March 2018, Robert Brown is still in charge of the Mount Washington location. The Pittsburgh Boxing Club, now over ten years old, has trained several Golden Gloves champions and a few professional boxers, building a tradition of it's own worthy of it's predecessors, the Moore Park and Brookline Boxing Clubs.


Some Memories From The Moore Park
and Brookline Boxing Clubs

Moore Boxing Championship Jacket - 1968

Below are a few more years worth of memories. I once asked Chuck if he had any old pictures of champions and teams from the past forty-odd years. He took me out to his car and opened the trunk. It was full of old rolls of film, never developed. We tried taking a few to the store and they were illegible. What a gold mine of old memories that would have been.

So, we'll have to settle for what we have here for now. If anyone has any photos of old Brookline Boxing Champions or team photos that they would like included here, please contact us via the guestbook located on the Brookline Connection homepage. You can also message us at our Brookline Connection facebook page.

Chuck Senft and Bill Anderson in 1981

 

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Bob 'Muscles' Healy boxing in 1976


* 1999-2000 Boxing Review *

The Brookline Boxing Club completed its 42nd season with Coach Chuck Senft by earning twelve gold medals and seven silvers in the 1999-2000 Golden/Silver Gloves championships. In addition to the nineteen individual medals, "Charlie's Angels" also won the Junior Olympic Championship, bringing to forty-seven the number of team trophies won during Coach Senft's four-plus decades as boxing director. The Brookline boxing team also took home the trophy for outstanding gym participation to top off another successful season.

Coaches Chuck Senft, Mike Bayens,
 Mike Lenkner and Angels.
Boxing staff Bobby Mazzeo, Mike Bayens, Mike Lenkner and
Chuck Senft with two promising contenders.

The Brookline community offers its congratulations to Coach Senft, his staff (Mike Bayens, Carlos Schrader, Mike Lenkner, Bobby Mazzeo), and the entire Brookline team for their inspired efforts during this boxing season.

 

1999-2000 GOLDEN GLOVES MEDAL WINNERS

Brookline - Outstanding Gym Participant Award

90LB- Robert Watkins
100LB- Mike Bosiljavec
119LB- Brennen Gariel
119LB- Nick Fusco
120LB- Mike Custer
124LB- Phil Giampa

129LB- Anthony Lutz
132LB- Aaron Melodini
132LB- Chris Williams
139LB- Bob Brophy
139LB- Mike Peach
147LB- Phil Reinheimer
147LB- Tom Herisko

156LB- Ted Bayens
156LB- Vince Orlandini
156LB- Matt Garfold
178LB- James Neiport
178LB- Shane Carpenter
247LB- Brian Wilkesmore

Pittsburgh City Council proclaimed July 27, 1999
"Brookline Boxing Club Day" throughout the City of Pittsburgh!


* 1998-1999 Boxing Review *

The 1998-1999 Brookline Boxing Club has completed competition in the 1999 Golden Gloves tournament and it was another fine performance for "Charlie's Angels." Under the guidance of Boxing Director Chuck Senft, Brookline's boxers posted an overall 19-13 record, good enough for eight gold and six silver medals. As a team, Brookline won the Western Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Junior Olympic Championship and were the Western Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Sub-Novice co-champions.

The team championships brought to forty-six the number recorded under Coach Senft in his forty-one years as leader of the club. Individual gold medals were claimed by Scott Magdic, Brian Wilkesmore, Tony Susan, Mark Daley, Phil Giampa, Ronie Cabilr, Ryan Simmons and J.B. Reagan. Individual silver medals were earned by John Yimin, Robert Watkins, John Prilla, Dave Wacker, Jim Bauer and Shane Carpenter.

Scott Magdic, who won three fights on his way to the gold, was also awarded the "Outstanding Fighter" award for this year's tournament. Teammate Dave Wacker, who lost a close decision in the final round, was last year's winner.

Congratulations to Coach Senft and the entire "Charlie's Angels" team for another fine performance in the ring. Our community is fortunate to have such a talented team, year in and year out, to spread the message that Brookline is one of Western Pennsylvania's #1 sports neighborhoods.

 

1998-1999 GOLDEN GLOVES MEDAL WINNERS

Scott Magdic - Outstanding Fighter Award

75LB- Ryan Simmons
85LB- Robert Watkins
105LB- Phil Giampa
110LB- J.B. Reagan
125LB- Ronie Cabilr

130LB- Mark Daley
145LB- Tony Susan
147LB- Dave Wacker
178LB- Shane Carpenter

178LB- Scott Magdic
200LB- Jim Bauer
240LB- Brian Wilkesmore
250LB- John Yimin
SHVY- John Prilla


* A Glimpse Into The Brookline Boxing Club *

The Brookline Boxing club built a tradition of excellence dating back forty-six years, from 1958 to 2003. During that time, no community boxing organization turned out more championships than Brookline. Coach Senft was one of the premier boxing instructors in the state of Pennsylvania.

To learn more about the ins and outs of a typical Brookline Boxing Club season from a former member of "Charlie's Angels, read the following article:

 

"The Rocky Road"

Article written by Chris Snowbeck, a member of the 1997-1998 Boxing Club
and a Post-Gazette Staff Writer. Article reprinted from the
July 26, 1998 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sunday Magazine.

Since Chuck Senft's retirement in 2003, the program, now operating under the name Pittsburgh Boxing Club, is run by a few of his former boxers and instructors: Mike Bayens, Robert Brown, Carlos Schraeder and Michelle Underwood-Trapolsi.


* 1997-1998 Boxing Review *

The 1997-1998 Brookline Boxing team, under the direction of Coach Coach Chuck Senft , capped off another championship season by capturing the "Outstanding Team Trophy" at the Golden/Silver Gloves competition. Individually, team members took home eight gold medals and four silver medals. The Brookline Community extends its congratulations to all fighters and coaches on another excellent year, and we look forward to many more years of success for Coach Senft and his "Charlie's Angels."

Picture of Chuck's Champs.
Boxing Director Chuck Senft flanked by 1997-98 Brookline Golden
Gloves medalists, Joe Kellington (left) and John Ladasky (right).

 

1997-1998 GOLDEN GLOVES MEDAL WINNERS

Dave Wacker - Outstanding Fighter Award

59LB- Greg Greco
75LB- Ryan Simmons
90LB- Phil Giampa
112LB- Chris Snowbeck

112LB- Tom Muscarello
134LB- Theodore Bayens
143LB- Dave Wacker
150LB- Matt Emery

156LB- Tim Terlecki
178LB- John Ladasky
190LB- Brian Brugos
201LB- Joe Kellington


The Anatomy of an Amateur Bout

The following is a short clip from The Brookline Journal featuring one of Chuck Senft's best boxers, Carlos Schrader, who was one of the more fearsome of Chuck's "Angels." Carlos is the owner of several Golden Gloves titles, and his dedication to the boxing program continued even after his fighting days were over.

A full-time Pittsburgh Police Officer, Carlos returned year after year to assist Coach Senft with the boxing workouts and now assists the Center's new Director Michelle Underwood in keeping the tradition of the Brookline Boxing Club alive and growing. A lot of Brookline kids are better prepared for the rigors of the ring, and for that matter life itself because of your efforts. This one's for you, Carlos.

 

* Copied from the Brookline Journal, April 2, 1987. Photos by Bob Greico *

Carlos and Chuck Prepare    Getting in the zone.

Chuck helps with the gloves.    Showtime!


Championship Awards Banquet - 1978

Here some photos from the 1978 Brookline Recreation Center Track and Boxing Awards Banquet. The Boxing Club had won their 13th City Championship and the Recreation Center track team had claimed it's 6th overall championship.

Recreation Center Director Chuck Senft was the Master of Ceremonies, and guest speakers included Brookline Area Community Council President Elva McGibbeny, Phylis Carver, State Representative Mike Dawida, Recreation Superintendent Bill Scalzo, Recreation Supervisors Archie Herron and Bernice Stewart, and Leonard Duncan.

Brookline Little League President Angelo Masullo the trophy and jacket presentation with a special award for eleven-year old Donna Caterino. Representing the Brookline Recreation Center in the Jesse Owens Track and Field Games in the baseball throw competition, Donna advanced all the way to the National Finals in California. There, the young fireballer set a World Record with an incredible toss of 195 feet, 8 inches.

Individual track and boxing awards were then handed out to the many kids who made up Brookline's 1978 title teams. Staff members Michelle Trapolsi and Jack Doyle, along with John Forester and Tony Sirabella, had the honor of presenting the trophies, medallions and trophies to the proud community champions.

Also honored were the 1978 Brookline Knights Mitey-Mite football team, who won the Western Pennsylvania Athletic Conference championship, the first title for the football program.

 

Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978    Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978

Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978    Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978

Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978    Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978

Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978    Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978

Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978    Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978

Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978    Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978

Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978    Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978

Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978    Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978

Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978    Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978

Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978    Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978

Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978    Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978

Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978    Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978

Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978    Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978

Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978    Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978

Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978    Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978

Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978    Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978

Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978    Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978

Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978

Recreation Center Awards Banquet - 1978

* Photos provided by Tommy Zucco *


Brookline Boxing Club - 1977/78
"Charlie's Angels"

1977 Brookline Boxing Club.
The Brookline Boxing Club in during the 1977/1978 season.

Riding the success of the movie "Rocky," which was released in November 1976, the Brookline Boxing Club saw an increase in raw recruits. Being a member of Coach Chuck Senft's perennial champion "Charlie's Angels," and becoming the next Rocky Balboa, was the thing to do.

In addition to carrying on the club's winning legacy, these Angels of the Ring also witnessed the birth of another memorable Brookline Boxing tradition.

First, the "Rocky" theme song, "Gonna Fly Now," became the musical score played most by Chuck to get his fighters in the mood for a good, hard workout.

Another selection was added to the workout repertoire in 1982, when the theme song from "Rocky III" hit the charts. Chuck wanted his Angels to have that "Eye Of The Tiger."

 

1977 Brookline Boxing Club.    1977 Brookline Boxing Club.

1977 Brookline Boxing Club.    1977 Brookline Boxing Club.

1977 Brookline Boxing Club.    1977 Brookline Boxing Club.

* Photos provided by Tommy Zucco *


Championship Awards Banquet - 1977

Here are some photos from the 1977 Brookline Recreation Center Track and Boxing Awards Banquet. The Boxing Club had won their 12th City Championship and the Recreation Center track team had claimed it's 5th overall championship.

 

1977 Brookline Boxing Club.

1977 Brookline Boxing Club.    1977 Brookline Boxing Club.

1977 Brookline Boxing Club.

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1977 Brookline Boxing Club.   1977 Brookline Boxing Club.   1977 Brookline Boxing Club.

1977 Brookline Boxing Club.    1977 Brookline Boxing Club.

1977 Brookline Boxing Club.    1977 Brookline Boxing Club.

* Photos provided by Tommy Zucco *


Blasts From The Past!

Charlies Angels after 1977 Golden Gloves championship.

Chuck Senft and "Charlie's Angels" accepting their 1977 Golden Gloves team championship trophy. This was just one in a long string of team titles claimed by the Brookline Boxing Club. It was, however, one of the first for this generation of talented boxers. Individual and team champions Bob Healy and his brother David are holding the jackets.

 

Bob and Dave Healy training for the Golden Gloves

Bob and Dave Healy training for the Golden Gloves. The Healy Brothers blazed a path through the ranks of the Pennsylvania State Golden Gloves tournaments for several years, both winning multiple individual titles.

 

Bob Healy before a Golden Gloves bout.    Bob Healy before a Golden Gloves bout.

Bob "Muscles" Healy, shown here in 1977, was one of the Brookline Boxing Clubs best overall boxer. He was a multiple Pennsylvania State Golden Gloves champion. In later years Bob returned to coach alongside his mentor Chuck Senft. He went on to form the South Park Boxing Club and trained several successful professional fighters.

 

Bill Anderson

Long-time Angel Billy Anderson spent more than a decade, from 1970 through the mid-80's, in and out of the ring promoting the tradition of excellence that is synonymous with the Brookline Boxing Program. Billy was one of the best fighters to step into the ring from Brookline, with six Golden Gloves championships and several other awards to his credit.

 

Chuck Senft and his Angels

Coach Chuck Senft and his Angels in the gym at the Brookline Rereation Center in 1977.

 

Bill Anderson, Gerald Desmuke and Carlos Schraeder

Contenders for the 1985 Silver Belts titles are Bill Anderson (165lbs), Gerald Desmuke (139lbs) and Carlos Schrader (lightweight cruiser). Boxers like Bill, Gerald and Carlos are what made the Brookline Boxing Club one of the most fearsome, and successful, teams in Western Pennsylvania for nearly a half a century.

 

Bruno 'Boo' Riccardi and Jake Ratay

Golden Gloves champions Bruno "Boo" Riccardi and Jake Ratay get some pre-fight instructions from Coach Senft. Chuck liked to teach his fighters to jab, through punches and box. He saw how other club's fighters liked to grab and wrestle. His "Angels" knew the boxing fundamentals and how to win.

 

Paul, Phil and Vince Chalmers with Coach Senft

Keeping it in the family are the Chalmers, twins Paul and Phil, along with younger brother Vince, shown here picking up a few punching tips from Coach Chuck Senft in 1985. Paul and Phil were both Junior Olympic champions, two of the hundreds of champions that wore the traditional black and white trunks of "Charlie's Angels."

 

Tommy Alexander

Tommy "Altar Boy" Alexander was one of the Brookline Boxing Club's champions who went on to a professional career from 1989 to 1994. His record as a professional welterweight was 18-7. One of his biggest bouts was against future IBC Welterweight champion Hector "Macho" Camacho at the San Diego Sports Arena, promoted by Don King Productions.

 

Coaches Joe Calabrese, Bob Healyand fighter Mark Daley.

Coaches Joe Calabrese, Bob Healy and prize fighter Mark Daley in November 2015.
All three began their boxing careers with the Brookline Boxing Club
and went on to become Golden Gloves champions.


Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Hall of Fame

 

Chuck Senft - April 16, 2010

In April of 2010, Chuck Senft was elected to the Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Hall of Fame, along with John D. Robinson, Tony Tarentino and James Gruber. Together, these four legendary coaches were known as "The Four Horsemen." They are the winningest coaches in Golden Gloves history. The inscription on the award read: In recognition for your unselfish commitment to the Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Program and the spirit which you have helped it to grow in Pennsylvania. - April 2010.

The Four Horsemen - John Robinson,
Tony Tarentino, Chuck Senft and James Gruber.    Chuck Senft, Mike Bayens and Bob Healy.
Left - The Four Horsemen - John Robinson, Tony Tarentino, Chuck Senft and James Gruber;
Right - Chuck Senft, Mike Bayens and Bob Healy.

It was a great night for Chuck.    Mark Daley, Chuck Senft, Dave Healy,
 Bill Anderson, Michelle Underwood and Mike Bayens.
Chuck celebrates with friends and former boxers, including Mark Daley, Dave Healy,
Bill Anderson, Michelle Underwood-Trapolsi, Bob Healy and Mike Bayens.

 

Mike Bayens - April 2013

Mike Bayens and Mickey Trapolsi.
Mike Bayens and Michelle Trapolsi-Underwood.

 

Robert Healy Jr. - March 31, 2018

On March 31, 2018, Brookline Boxing Club Champion and Former Instructor Bob Healy was inducted into the Pennsylvanian Golden Gloves Hall of Fame. He joined Chuck Senft and Mike Bayens as the three members of the Brookline Boxing Club in the prestigious hall.

Bob Healy Jr and friends    Bob Healy III talks about his father.
Bob "Muscles" Healy and friends (left); Bobby III talks about his father's influence on his life.

Bob Healy speaks about his life in boxing    Bob Healy Jr and his proud mom.
Bob "Muscles" Healy Jr speaks about his life in boxing (left); Bob Jr and his proud mom Toxy Healy.

Bobby III, Mickey and Muscles    Hall of Famer and friends
Bobby III, Mickey Trapolsi and Muscles (left) and a Hall of Famer with some of his Brookline boxing friends.

Toxy Healy with sons Dave and Bob
Toxy Healy and her sons Dave and Bob Healy Jr.


The Final Round

Before he passed away on July 26, 2016, Brookline Boxing Coach Chuck Senft had one last get together with some of his favorite "Angels" in November 2015. This time the occasion was filmed by students from Duquesne University, whose instructor was, ironcally, Robert Healy III. It is nice to see and hear Chuck talking with pride about his former fighters, and listening to them talk about the lasting impression that Chuck and his boxing club made on their lives.

In attendance on that day with Chuck Senft were Bob Healy Jr, Dave Healy, Bill Anderson, Bob Anderson, Bruno Riccardi, John Ladasky, Joe McGee, Joe Calabrese, Mike Trapolsi, Mark Thornhill, Marty O'Toole, Mike Bayens and Mark Daley.

<A Ten Minute Video of Chuck and His Angels - November 2015>

Chuck Senft gathers with his Angels in late-2015.


A Lasting Tribute To Chuck Senft

On Saturday, May 5, 2018, the late-Chuck Senft will be honored once more with the placing of a bronze memorial plaque at the Brookline Recreation Center, the place he worked from 1971 to 2003. The building was his home away from home, and the place where he worked so diligently for the community of Brookline.

Bronze Memorial Plaque

Sponsored by the City of Pittsburgh, Councilman Anthony Coghill, Donald Dorsey, Michelle "Mickey" Trapolsi-Underwood and Clint Burton, and cast locally at Matthews Bronze*, the plaque will stand as a reminder to everyone who visits the Community Center of what a remarkable man Chuck was, and how much he meant to his friends in Brookline.

* The bronze plaque was cast with love and affection by one of Chuck Senft's
former boxers, now an employee of Matthews Bronze, Kevin McAndrews.

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