Carmen Anthony Persico , known to one and all as Shorty, was born in Rotterdam Junction, New York on July 16, 1909. His family moved to Amsterdam in 1919 when he was 10 years old. He left school shortly thereafter to work at Chalmer's Knitting Mills and the Inman Manufacturing Company. It was here that Shorty met Marty Quinn, a mentor who nurtured Shorty's passion and great talent for boxing. Despite his 5'1size, Shorty became a talented boxer. Under the guidance of his coach Jimmy Pepe, he fought in over 70 matches and won 55 of those fights. In November 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving with the Military Police, spending much of his army career in Saipan. For his service, he was entitled to wear the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon. In January of 1945, he was discharged with the rank of Sergeant. In 1946, he married Philomena Morini of Amsterdam, and the couple had four children-Felix, Maria, Louise and Anthony. Throughout the rest of his life, Shorty owned and operate the popular Shorty's Tavern on Broad Street in Amsterdam. The establishment still bears his name.