Born in Beaufort, S.C. on Sept. 29, 1919, Nathan “Kid” Crosby was a heavy puncher with a world of ring savvy. Beginning at a young age, Crosby was taught the sport of boxing by his father, himself the Southern Bantamweight champion at one time. Crosby, a welterweight, compiled a record of 151 wins against just four losses, with 87 of his wins via the KO route. Most of his matches were as a professional. He dodged no man, having fought the great Al Reid of Greenwood, S.C. who was one of the few boxers to score a knockdown of Sugar Ray Robinson. Crosby fought in the Greenville/Spartanburg area in the beginning of his career, and then moved to Texas where he was managed by Frankie Edwards, once the manager of Gene Tunney. Crosby defeated such fighters as Chino Lopez, Howard Steen, Paul Altman, Al Hamm, Joe Comforto, and Tommy Roman, all highly regarded professionals. Lopez, in fact, was named the world’s best boxer by Ring Magazine in 1944.
After hanging up his gloves, Crosby became a minister in 1951. He pastored churches in Texas and did missionary work in Mexico until his retirement in 1979. Crosby passed away in 1985. His wife Helen and two daughters still live in Houston.