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Frank Farley

BORN Fought out of Kensington, Pennsylvania
WEIGHT 119-127 lbs

 

 

Farley was a clever boxer-type, not a power hitter; He was extremely good at defensive moves; Fighting in the time of "No Decision" bouts, his boxing skills are not adequately reflected

Frank was once referred to as, "... the cleverest boxer that appears on the boards in Baltimore. His defensive work is the finest that ever came down the pike, and in every particular he shows himself a master of the game"; He went on to become boxing coach at Johns Hopkins University

During his career, Farley battled such men as Billy Whistler, Frank "Crocky" Boyle, Billy Farren, Tommy Cleary, Eugene Rowan and Harry Smith

1893
Jun 26 Robert Scott                 Philadelphia, Pa                 WF  3
Jul 10 Matt McMullen                Philadelphia, Pa                 LT   
          -Farley injured a thumb and was forced to retire
Oct  9 John Leich                   Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Oct 14 John Leich                   Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Oct 21 Joe Leonard                  Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Dec 30 Owen Ziegler                 Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

1894
Jan  8 an unnamed opponent          Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Feb 26 Mike Hallahan                Camden, NJ                        L  4
Feb 28 Jack Curran                  Philadelphia, Pa                  L  6
Mar 22 William Kirby                New York, NY                     EX  3
          -Some sources report "Philadelphia, Pa"
Apr 12 O'Donnell                    Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Apr 18 John Riley                   Philadelphia, Pa                  W  6
Jun 23 Billy Whistler               Philadelphia, Pa                  D  4
Jul 10 Elwood McCloskey             Philadelphia, Pa                  D  4
Jul 14 Elwood McCloskey             Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Jul 16 John Mann                    Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jul 28 Wianam                       Philadelphia, Pa                 ND   
Aug  6 -Farley was scheduled to have a benefit in Philadelphia, Pa
Aug 18 Jack Marsden                 Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  2
Aug 28 Mike Hallahan                Camden, NJ                       ND  4
Sep  3 Billy Smith                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  3
Oct 13 Dick Shannon                 Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  3
Dec  5 Billy Whistler               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
Dec 22 Jack Ward                    Philadelphia, Pa                  D  4

1895
Feb  1 Eugene Rowan                 Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  3
Feb  2 Joe Donovan                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
Feb  9 Young Lester                 Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  4
Feb 27 Andy Rambo                   Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
Mar 14 Frank Sweigert               Baltimore, Md                    ND  4
Mar 16 Frank Sweigert               Baltimore, Md                    ND  4
Mar 20 Billy Smith                  Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held
Apr 11 Frank Sweigert               Baltimore, Md                     L  4
Apr 15 Charles McKnight             Baltimore, Md                     W  4
Apr 18 Eugene Rowan                 Baltimore, Md                     D  4
Apr 25 John Ball                    Baltimore, Md                     W  4
May  9 Jack Dougherty               Baltimore, Md                     D  4
May 23 Eugene Rowan                 Baltimore, Md                     D 10
Dec 14 Eugene Rowan                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4

1896
Jan  4 Paul Doane                   Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
Jan 13 George Holland               Philadelphia, Pa                  L  4
Feb 24 Pete Sheehan                 Bethlehem Pa                      W  4
Mar 25 Jerry Callahan               Holyoke, Ma                       L  8
Apr 20 William "Spike" Sullivan     Boston, Ma                       LK  8
          -Some sources report "L 8"
Jul 20 Jack Ward                    Philadelphia, Pa                 LT  6

1897
Apr 26 Danny McMahon                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jun 14 Frank "Crocky" Boyle         Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jun 21 Tom Cleary                   Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Aug 23 Frank Bradley                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Sep 13 Tom Cleary                   Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Sep 20 Eugene Rowan                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Oct  2 Frank Bradley                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
          -Farley was a substitute; It looked like the men had
           agreed to go through the motions only
Oct 11 Frank "Crocky" Boyle         Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Oct 25 Eugene Rowan                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Nov 29 Joe Wrenn                    Baltimore, Md                    TK  4
          -Some sources report "TK 5"
Dec 20 Billy Farren                 Baltimore, Md                    ND  6
          -Some sources report "Philadelphia, Pa"

1898
Jan  3 Harry Burke                  Baltimore, Md                    ND  6
          -Some sources report "L 6"
Jan 24 Kid Howard                   Baltimore, Md                     W  6
Feb 18 Harry Smith                  Baltimore, Md                    ND  6
          -Some sources report "W 6"
Feb 24 Jack McKeever                Williamstown, Pa                  D  4
Mar 18 -Farley was appointed Boxing Coach at Johns Hopkins University
Aug  5 Harry Smith                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Aug 19 Tommy Edwards                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Aug 26 Eddie Lenny                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
          -Some sources report 8/27/1898
Aug 29 Kid Howard                   Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Dec 15 Herman Miller                Baltimore, Md                    LK  8

1903
Feb 13 -Farley was shot and seriously wounded at Norfolk, Va
           by his brother-in-law 
*** The Following Bouts Are Reported But Not Confirmed ***

1892-1893
       Barney Riley                                                   L  
       Barney Riley                                                   L  
       Barney Riley                                                   L  
       Harry Mann                   Philadelphia, Pa                  W  4

1893
Oct    Charles Ferris                                               SCH  
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec    Ed Kirby                     Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  

1894
Dec    Billy Prang                  near Camden, NJ                   D 20

1896
       Elwood McCloskey             Philadelphia, Pa                  L  4

*** Photos And Much Data Provided By William Schutte ***
 

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