Harry Peppers

BORN May 11 1872; San Francisco, California (Came East in 1897-1898; Fought out of Chicago)
WEIGHT 127-168 lbs
MANAGERS Billy Roche, Jack McAuliffe


Peppers was a pretty good fighter from the West Coast who migrated East and fought out of Chicago; He was tall and lanky with fast hands and quick feet; Peppers fought his way up through the weight classes - from featherweight to light-heavyweight

Peppers defeated the following men during his career - Jerry Marshall, Dan Hickey, Mike Brennan, Lon Beckwith, Harry Fischer, Billy Hill, Patsy Raedy, Bob Long, Frank "Dutch" Neal, Frank Purcell, Ed "Thunderbolt" Smith and Fred Woods

Mar 19 Fred Butler                Los Angeles, Ca                  NC  4 
May    Henry Engelhart            San Francisco, Ca                KO  7

Jan  4 William "Doc" Zellner      San Francisco, Ca                KO  4

Feb 12 Jerry Marshall             San Francisco, Ca                KO  4
Feb 25 Dan Hickey                 Sausalito, Ca                    TK  4
          -Some sources report "San Francisco, Ca"
Jul    Jim Williams               Ogden, Ut                         D  6
          -This bout was held during Jul-Aug 1894;
           Some sources report "W 6"

       George Burch               San Mateo, Ca                    KO  1
May 24 Joe King                   Colma, Ca                        TK 11
       Sam Mulverhill             San Mateo, Ca                    TK  5

       Dan Hickey                 San Francisco, Ca                KO  2
       Billy Welch                San Francisco, Ca                TK  6
Sep  2 Jack Stelzner              San Francisco, Ca                 D 10
          -Some sources report "D 8"

       Mike Brennan                                                KO  2
       Billy Maher                                                  D  4
       the "Marine"                                                 D  6
       Bert Jackson                                                KO  2

Feb 22 "Australian" Billy Smith   San Francisco, Ca                 L 10
Jul 26 Jack Bonner                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
          -Some sources report "D 15"
Aug 23 Lon Beckwith               Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  4
          -Some sources report "KO 5"
Aug 31 Jack Bonner                Athens, Pa                       NC 15
          -Some sources report "Philadelphia, Pa"
Oct 21 Joe Butler                 Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
Nov    Bill Heffernan             Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6 
Dec  9 George Byers               Waterbury, Ct                    LK 19
          -Colored Middleweight Championship of the Pacific Coast

Feb 17 Harry Fischer              Waterbury, Ct                    KO 20
Mar 15 Joe Sweeney                Bridgeport, Ct                   TK  4
May 11 Joe Burke                  Bridgeport, Ct                    D  6
May 30 Harry Fischer              Brooklyn, NY                     KO 14
          -Some sources report "W 15" on 5/28/98
Jun 11 Andy Walsh                 Brooklyn, NY                     LK  1
       Billy Hill                 New York, NY                     KO  4
Jul 11 Ed Dunkhorst               Rochester, NY                    LT  2
Aug  5 Joe Butler                 Philadelphia, Pa                 LK  1
Dec 19 Jim Watts                  Chicago, Il                       D  6
Dec 31 Patsy Raedy                Chicago, Il                       W  6

Jan 21 Jack Root                  Chicago, Il                       L  6
Feb 11 Bob Long                   Chicago, Il                       W  6
Mar  3 "Scaldy" Bill Quinn        Chicago, Il                       D  6
Mar 24 George Grant               Chicago, Il                       D  6
          -Some sources report 3/24/98
Apr 14 Jack Moffatt               Chicago, Il                       L  6
          -Some sources report 4/04/99
Jun  7 Jack Asher                 Chicago, Il                       W  6
Jun 21 Frank "Dutch" Neal         Chicago, Il                      KO  6
          -Neal was counted out, then rolled off the ring apron
           and struck his head violently; He died from the injuries
           on 6/25/99 at St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago;
           Some sources report "Peoria, Il"
Oct  4 Frank Scott                Benton Harbor, Mi                 W 10
          -Some sources report "W 6"
Nov 24 Frank Purcell              Milwaukee, Wi                     W  6
          -Some sources report "W 10"
Dec 30 Jack Bonner                Philadelphia, Pa                 LT  2
          -Some sources report 1/05/00;
           Some sources report "LK 1"

Jan 13 Ed Gross                   Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout scheduled; The outcome is not known
Feb  2 Klondike (John Haines)     Philadelphia, Pa                 NC  2
          -This bout was stopped; Both men were faking
Feb  5 Bob Ewings                 Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  2
Feb 26 Ed "Thunderbolt" Smith     Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  5
Mar  5 Ed "Thunderbolt" Smith     Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Mar 17 "Australian" Billy Edwards Yonkers, NY                      KO  5
Apr 16 Rufus Graham               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jun 11 George Cole                Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled; 
           Peppers refused to fight over a purse dispute
Jul 17 Dan Creedon                Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held due to poor attendance
Aug 31 Frank Gallagher            Brooklyn, NY                     KO  3
Oct  5 Fred Woods                 Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  6
Oct 15 Rufus Graham               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Nov 16 Rufus Graham               Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Nov 23 Charles McGinley           Philadelphia, Pa                  W  6
Dec 21 Rufus Graham               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
          -Some sources report "NC 6"; The men were faking

Nov  1 "Young" Peter Jackson      Baltimore, Md                    LK  3
          -Some sources report "LK 4"

Feb 16 Jim Driscoll               Chicago, Il                       W  6
Mar  1 Jack Beauscholte           Chicago, Il                       D  6
Mar  3 Tommy Burns                Detroit, Mi                      LK  2
May 28 Billy Stift                LaSalle, Il                       D 10
Jun 30 Hugo Kelly                 Chicago, Il                       D  6
Oct 11 Barney Walsh               Chicago, Il                      WF  2
Dec  6 Mike Schreck               Chicago, Il                       L  6

May 14 Andy Malloy                Creede, Co                        D 20
          -This bout was a pre-arranged "draw"
May 30 "Fireman" Jim Flynn        Salida, Co                        D 10
Nov 14 Andy Malloy                Grand Junction, Co               LK  4
          -Peppers injured a foot and could not continue; 
           Some sources report 11/19/04

*** The Following Bout Is Reported But Not Confirmed ***

Jan  3 Jack Bonner                Philadelphia, Pa                 LK  2

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