1929: Olympian Joe McCluskey revived interest in the Manchester Road Race. "Shufflin' Joe" was a schoolboy runner in Manchester who was the first CIAC state champion in the mile in 1929. He won the bronze in the Olympic steeplechase in 1932 and was Jesse Owens' roommate at the 1936 Games in Berlin. In 1945, he came home to run the Manchester Road Race, which had been revived after the war. He and seven other runners toed the start line. Two years later, there were 51 entries and the race kept growing, to the 15,000 that ran last year on Thanksgiving Day. 1925, 1929: Louis "Kid" Kaplan, a featherweight from Meriden, became the first Connecticut boxer to win a world title, defeating Danny Kramer in New York on Jan. 2, 1925. Bat Battalino of Hartford would become the second with a victory over Andro Routis on Sept. 23, 1929, in East Hartford.
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