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Thomas J. Kanaly was an American sports executive with the Boston Athletic Association and the Boston Garden-Arena Corporation.

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) is a non-profit, running-focused, organized sports association for the Greater Boston area. The B.A.A. hosts such events as the Boston Marathon, the B.A.A. 5K, the B.A.A. 10K, the B.A.A. Half Marathon, the B.A.A. Distance Medley, and the B.A.A. Invitational Mile.

The Boston Garden-Arena Corporation was an American corporation that oversaw the operations of the Boston Garden from 1934 to 1973. It was formed when the Boston Arena Corporation gained control of the Boston Garden from the Madison Square Garden Corporation in 1934. From 1946 to 1950 it owned the Boston Celtics. In 1951 it purchased controlling interest in the Boston Bruins from Weston Adams. In 1953 it sold the Boston Arena to Samuel M. Pinsly for $398,000. In 1973, the Boston Garden-Arena Corporation merged with Storer Broadcasting.


Personal life

Kanaly was born in Glastonbury, Connecticut, but grew up in Lawrence, Massachusetts after his father, a woolen mill executive, got a job there. He graduated from a business college in Boston and lived in Malden, Massachusetts, until 1925, when he moved to Melrose, Massachusetts. Kanaly and his wife had two children. [1]

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Boston Athletic Association

Kanaly joined the Boston Athletic Association in 1911 as an assistant to George V. Brown. When Brown took over management of the Boston Arena in 1921, Kanaly succeeded him as athletic director of the B.A.A.. He held this position until 1935, when the club shut down. [2] When the club reopened, Kanaly served as its secretary, a position he held until he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage in 1951. Kanaly was in charge of the Boston Marathon from 1942 to 1945 while B.A.A. president Walter A. Brown was in the service. [1]

George V. Brown American sports administrator

George Vincent Brown of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, was an American sports official. He championed the development of various sports and sporting events in the United States, most notably the Boston Marathon and amateur ice hockey. From 1904 to 1936, Brown served the United States Olympic Team as a manager, official, and coach. In 1919, he became general manager of the Boston Arena, home to indoor track meets, boxing matches, and hockey games, among other events.

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Walter A. Brown American sports businessman

Walter A. Brown was the founder and original owner of the Boston Celtics as well as an important figure in the development of ice hockey in the United States.

Boston Garden-Arena Corporation

On October 27, 1942, Boston Garden-Arena Corporation general manager Walter A. Brown was granted an indefinite leave of absence while he went on active military duty and Kanaly, Brown's assistant, was named acting general manager. [3] On January 30, 1945, Kanaly canceled a basketball game between Brooklyn College and the University of Akron after Kings County prosecutors announced that five Brooklyn players had admitted to accepting money to throw the game. [4] After Brown returned from the military, Kanaly stayed on as assistant to the president. [1]

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Amateur Athletic Union

In 1921, Kanaly was elected to the board of managers of the New England Amateur Athletic Union. [2] He served as the NEAAU's vice president until 1943, when he succeeded Herbert Holm as president after Holm stepped down to become secretary-treasurer. [5] Kanaly managed the AAU's national boxing championships from 1921 until 1930, when the AAU moved the championships out of Boston. [2]

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In 1924, Kanaly was in charge of the United States Olympic Committee's attaché office in Paris. In 1932 he was a member of the housing committee for the Los Angeles Olympics. [2]

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Other activities

In 1936, Kanaly was the executive secretary of the Boston Globe's Golden Gloves tournament. He was also the secretary of the Canadian–American Hockey League. [1]


Kanaly died on February 15, 1953, at his home in Melrose. [1]

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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Thomas J. Kanaly: Boston Garden Official Long Active in Sports". The Boston Daily Globe. February 16, 1953.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Hurwitz, Hy (November 9, 1936). "Globe Opens Headquarters For Golden Gloves Boxers: Entire Floor Rented at 53 Devonshire St--Thomas J. Kanaly Is Placed in Charge". The Boston Daily Globe.
  3. "New Duties For Army". Fitchburg Sentinel. October 27, 1942.
  4. "Players Receive Cash To Throw Cage Came". The Free Lance-Star. January 30, 1945. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  5. "Tom Kanaly Elected Prexy of N.E. A.A.A.U.". The Boston Daily Globe. December 21, 1943.