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Loss of First National Champ and Hall of Fame Member Benny Alperstein

September 19th, 2017

The M Club and the University mourn the loss of  M Club Member, Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame member and long-time supporter Benjamin “Benny” Alperstein, who passed away at the age of 102 on Saturday, September 16.

Alperstein was a two-time NCAA Boxing Champion for the University of Maryland, winning the 1937 and 1938 NCAA Titles while being name Outstanding Boxer in ’38. He was a two-time team captain, and the Southern Conference’s Outstanding Boxer in 1937 and 1938. He was our first-ever national champion in any sport.

He was inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame in 1986, and was also enshrined in the State Athletic Hall of Fame and D.C. Boxing Hall of Fame. Alperstein was a member of the US Air Force from 1941-46 attaining the rank of Major while serving in WWII.  The Media Relations Suite located in the XFINITY Center is dedicated in recognition of Benny and his brother Hotsy Alperstein.

The funeral service for Commissioner Alperstein will be held September 19, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. in the chapel at Judean Memorial Gardens at 16225 Batchellors Forest Road in Olney, Maryland (20832). Everyone is welcome to attend as we help to pay tribute to a great man, proud University of Maryland scholar athlete and loving husband to his devoted wife, Betty.

One Response to “Loss of First National Champ and Hall of Fame Member Benny Alperstein”

  1. September 20, 2017 at 11:19 am, Coach Kevin Kearns said:

    I interviewed Benny years ago when in my research of the history of U of Md wrestling, I saw he was a member of the wrestling team his freshman yr.
    He went undefeated, He didn’t remember the matches and he said he only did it for the free meal after practices. He wrestled in high school ( City College (HS) ) And won the Baltimore Championships the M.S.A.s. RIP Benny….You were the MAN!!!


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