Joe McAuliffe
(the "Mission Boy")
(the 'Frisco Giant)

BORN    November 2 1864; San Francisco, California; Other sources report 1862 and 1863
HEIGHT  6-3
WEIGHT  200-225 lbs
MANAGER Barney Farley

 

McAuliffe was a big and powerful man who threw sledge-hammer blows; He was not a good boxer but had size and strength on his side

Joe worked at a tannery near San Francisco and often went to the Athletic Club at the "Mission" in 'Frisco; After his boxing career ended, he went back to working at a tannery

During his career, McAuliffe defeated such men as Dick Matthews, Mike Brennan, Paddy Ryan, Frank Glover, Mike Conley, Tom Lees, Pat Killen, and Patsy Cardiff

Perhaps, the best fight of his career came in 1888 in a losing effort against the great Peter Jackson over 24 rounds

1883-1885
       an unknown opponent        San Francisco, Ca                KO   
          -This was a private fight at the Mission;
           The man was a drunken bully who was causing
           trouble; McAuliffe told him to go home, sleep
           it off, and come back the next day if he still
           wanted to fight

1885
       Martin "Buffalo" Costello  San Francisco, Ca                 W  4

1883-1886
       Jack Brady                 San Francisco, Ca                 W   
       Pete McCoy                                                  KO   
          -McCoy used the name "Tom Harrigan";
          Some sources report "KO 9" in "San Francisco, Ca" on 10/15/85

1886
Jul  9 Dick Matthews              San Francisco, Ca                KO  7
          -Some sources report 9/17/86;
          Some sources report "KO 8"

1887
Aug 31 Mike Brennan               San Francisco, Ca                KO 49
          -Heavyweight Championship of the Pacific Coast;
          Reports vary - "KO 40" - "KO 52"
Dec 23 Paddy Ryan                 San Francisco, Ca                KO  3
          -Heavyweight Championship of the Pacific Coast;
          Some sources place this bout in New York

1888
May 22 Frank Glover               San Francisco, Ca                KO 49
Jun 30 Frank Glover               San Francisco, Ca                EX  4
Aug 11 Con Riordan                San Francisco, Ca                EX  4
Oct 26 Mike Conley                San Francisco, Ca                KO  2
          -Some sources report "W 2"
Dec 27 Peter Jackson              San Francisco, Ca                LK 24
          -Some sources report 12/28/88

1889
Feb  9 Peter Jackson              San Francisco, Ca                EX  4
May 22 Tom Lees                   San Francisco, Ca                KO  8
Sep 11 Pat Killen                 San Francisco, Ca                KO  7
Nov 30 Con Riordan                San Francisco, Ca                EX  3

1890
Apr  5 Jack Burns                 Salt Lake City, Ut               KO  2
May  5 Jack Fallon                Brooklyn, NY                     EX  3
          -Some sources report "W 3"
May 19 Dominick McCaffrey         New York, NY                     ND  3
May 19 Jack McAuliffe             New York, NY                     EX  1
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
May 20 Jack McAuliffe             New York, NY                     EX  1
Sep 27 Frank "Paddy" Slavin       London, England                  LK  2
Dec 18 Charlie Mitchell           London, England                  EX  2

1890-1891
       Peter Maher                London, England                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
          Authorities prevented it

1891
Mar 19 Jim Daly                   Philadelphia, Pa                  D  6
          -Daly lasted and claimed a "Draw";
          Some sources report "L 6" at "Harrisburg, Pa"
Mar 30 Patsy Farrell              Troy, NY                        SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jul 20 Tom Duggan                 Melbourne, Vic, Australia        ND   
Dec 29 Patsy Cardiff              San Francisco, Ca                TK 15

1892
Jun 30 Joe Goddard                San Francisco, Ca                LK 15

1893
Oct  7 Peter Maher                San Francisco, Ca                 D  4
          -Some sources report 10/18/93

1896
Aug 20 Joe Choynski               San Francisco, Ca                LK  4
          -Some sources report 8/28/96

1897
Oct 19 Jack Stelzner              Los Angeles, Ca                  LK 15
          -Some sources report "L 15"

1901
Nov  2 Gus Ruhlin                 Redwood City, Ca                 EX   


*** Assistance Was Provided By Sergei Yurchenko ***

Review courtesy of Tracy Callis and  William Schutte, Historians,
International Boxing Research Organization
 
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