Joe "Young" Shugrue
(Joseph A. Shugrue; the "Jersey Bobcat")

BORN    September 11 1894; Jersey City, New Jersey
DIED    May 11 1961; Jersey City, New Jersey
HEIGHT  5-6
WEIGHT  125-138 lbs
RACE    White; Irish-American
MANAGERS Pete Fitzgerald, Tommy Lee

 

Shugrue was a very good boxer who had a short career due to an eye injury; Joe began fighting in 1910 and retired in 1915 due to a detached retina in his right eye; There was also a cataract in his left eye that left him with only partial vision; Joe had two brothers, Johnny and William, who were also boxers

Shugrue accomplished something on March 5, 1912 that most lightweights only dream of when he knocked Benny Leonard out of time in New York

During his career, Joe defeated such men as Leonard, Young McGovern, Young Dyson, "Philadelphia" Pal Moore, Phil Brock, One-Round Hogan, Owen Moran, and Young Saylor

Joe performed in vaudeville after retiring from boxing and, later, opened up a tavern and gymnasium in Waterbury Ct;  He worked as a truant officer in Jersey City from 1925-1959; Shugrue was inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame in 1969

1910
Jul 23 Banty Lewis                Newark, NJ                        W  4
Aug  9 Willie Burns               New York, NY                     KO  3
Aug 19 Young Buckley              New York, NY                     KO  2
Aug 23 Willie Faust               New York, NY                     ND  6
Aug 25 Paddy Meehan               New York, NY                     ND  6
Sep  6 Charley Burns              New York, NY                     KO  5
Sep 13 Jimmy Ambrose              New York, NY                     ND  6
Sep 29 Georgie O'Brien            New York, NY                     KO  3
Oct 18 Packey Hommey              New York, NY                     ND 10
Nov  5 Willie Scott               Brooklyn, NY                     KO  4
Dec  8 Mike O'Grady               New York, NY                     ND 10
Dec 16 Young McGovern             Brooklyn, NY                     KO  4

1911
Jan  2 Sammy Kellar               New York, NY                     ND 10
Jan 23 Sammy Kellar               New York, NY                     ND 10
Feb 21 Joe Marks                  New Haven, Ct                    ND 10
          -Some sources report "Joe Marcks"
Apr  4 Joe Brooks                 New York, NY                     ND 10
Apr 24 Jimmy Dunn                 New Haven, Ct                    ND 10
May 15 Johnny Dundee              Perth Amboy, NJ                  ND  6 
Jul 21 Willie Jones               New York, NY                     ND 10
Jul 29 Johnny Dundee              New York, NY                     ND 10
Nov  8 Ty Cobb                    New York, NY                     ND 10
Dec    Ty Cobb                    New York, NY                     ND 10
Dec 29 Willie Jones               Brooklyn, NY                     ND 10

1912
Jan  2 Joe "Kid" Coster           Brooklyn, NY                     ND 10
          -Some sources report 1/03/12
Feb 12 Eddie O'Keefe              New York, NY                     ND 10
          -Some sources report 2/13/12
Feb 20 Prince Henry               Brooklyn, NY                     ND 10
Mar  5 Benny Leonard              New York, NY                     KO  4
Mar 12 Louis de Ponthieu          New York, NY                     ND 10
Mar 14 Joe "Kid" Coster           New York, NY                     ND 10
Mar 19 Harry Phillips             Perth Amboy, NJ                  KO  3
Apr  6 Mike "Kid" Ghetto          New York, NY                     KO  3
          -Some sources report "ND 10" vs "Jack 'Young' Cohen"
Apr 16 Jack "Young" Cohen         New York, NY                     ND 10
Apr 25 "Young" Dyson              Waterbury, Ct                     W 15
May 18 Young Guerini              New York, NY                     KO  2
May 21 Jack "Young" Cohen         New York, NY                     ND 10
Jun  4 Charley White              New York, NY                     ND 10
Jun 18 Charley White              New York, NY                     ND 10
Jul  1 Johnny Dundee              New York, NY                     ND 10
Jul 15 Jimmy Coffey               New York, NY                     ND 10
Jul 30 Harry Tracey               Newark, NJ                       KO  2
Aug 15 Wille Jones                New York, NY                     ND 10
Aug 26 Harry Stone                New York, NY                     ND 10
Oct 14 Jimmy Coffey               New York, NY                     ND 10
Oct 28 Louis de Ponthieu          New York, NY                     ND 10
Nov 22 Joe Thiel                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Nov 28 "Philadelphia" Pal Moore   Dayton, Oh                        W 15
Dec 10 "Young" Dyson              New York, NY                     ND 10
Dec 26 Jack Leonard               New York, NY                     KO  7

1913
Jan  1 Young Reilly               New York, NY                     ND 10
Jan 21 Charley Griffin            Waterbury, Ct                    KO  1
Jan 29 Leach Cross                New York, NY                     ND 10
Feb  4 Phil Brock                 Youngstown, Oh                    W 12
          -Some sources report "ND 10"
Feb 19 Johnny Lore                New York, NY                     ND 10
Apr 23 Johnny Lore                New York, NY                     ND 10
Apr 30 Joe "Kid" Kansas           Rochester, NY                    ND 10
May 12 One-Round Hogan            New Haven, Ct                    KO 10
May 19 Johnny Lore                Youngstown, Oh                   ND 12
Jun  5 Sam Robideau               New York, NY                     ND 10
Jun  9 Joe "Kid" Kansas           Rochester, NY                    ND 10
Jul  2 Matty Baldwin              New Haven, Ct                     L 15
          -Some sources report 7/03/13
Aug 15 "Fighting" Joe Hyland      New York, NY                     ND 10
Sep 18 "Fighting" Dick Hyland     Denver, Co                        D 10
          -Some sources report 9/19/13
Oct 25 Sam Robideau               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Oct 31 "Lockport" Jimmy Duffy     Buffalo, NY                      ND 10
Nov 19 Johnny Harvey              New York, NY                     ND 10 
Dec 16 Cy Smith                   New York, NY                     ND 10
Dec 26 Cy Smith                   New York, NY                     ND 10

1914
Jan  5 Willie Beecher             Troy, NY                         ND 10
Jan 23 Johnny Dundee              New York, NY                     ND 10
Jan 27 Owen Moran                 New York, NY                     TK  8
          -Some sources report "KO 7"
Feb 19 Johnny Dundee              Waterbury, Ct                     L 12
Mar 20 Leach Cross                New York, NY                     ND 10
May 16 Herb McCoy                 Sydney, NSW, Aus                 TK 15
Jun 26 Ted "Kid" Lewis            Sydney, NSW, Aus                  L 20
          -Some sources report 6/27/14
Jul 11 Milburn "Young" Saylor     Sydney, NSW, Aus                  W 20
Jul 25 Hughie Mehegan             Melbourne, Vic, Aus              KO 11
Aug 15 Milburn "Young" Saylor     Sydney, NSW, Aus                  L 20
Sep  5 Fred Kay                   Sydney, NSW, Aus                  L 20
Nov 17 Walter Mohr                Brooklyn, NY                     ND 10
Nov 23 Frankie Mack               Bridgeport, Ct                    W 15
Dec  2 Freddie Welsh              New York, NY                     ND 10
Dec 18 Sam Robideau               Bridgeport, Ct                   ND 15
Dec 29 Charley White              New York, NY                     ND 10

1915
Jan 13 Leach Cross                New York, NY                     ND 10
Feb  9 Freddie Welsh              New York, NY                     ND 10
Feb 15 "Philadelphia" Pal Moore   Rochester, NY                    ND 10
Feb 22 Johnny Griffiths           Akron, Oh                        ND 12
Oct 11 Eddie McAndrews            Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Nov  1 Jimmy Murphy               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6

*** The Following Bouts Are Reported But Not Confirmed ***

1911
       Jim Kendrick               New York, NY                     ND 10

1913
Feb 20 Kid Ash                    Cincinnati, Oh                   ND 10

Review courtesy of Tracy Callis, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization
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