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Jimmy Barry
(the "Little Tiger")

BORN    March 7 1870; Chicago, Illinois
(Some sources report August 4 1872)
DIED    April 4 1943; Chicago, Illinois
HEIGHT  5-2 (Some sources report 5-3 3/4)
WEIGHT  95-115 lbs
MANAGERS Dominick O'Malley, Charles E. "Parson" Davies

Jimmy fought out of Chicago, Illinois and was one of the best bantamweights and flyweights ever; He was one of only nine men to retire unbeaten over his entire career; The others were Young Mitchell, Jack McAuliffe, Rocky Marciano, Laszlo Papp, Terry Marsh, Ji Won Kim, Ricardo Lopez, Sven Ottke and Joe Calzaghe
 
Barry utilized a fighting style similar to Billy Plimmer and was a clever ring general like the "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey; Those who saw Barry in action called him a "Wonder";
Jimmy was also an excellent handball player; He was a brother of Bill Barry, who reportedly once fought the "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey

Following the 1897 knockout win over Walter Croot, in which Croot died, Barry was never the same fighter; He never knocked out another man; Seven of his last nine official bouts were draws

Joe Choynski (1927) said, “Barry ... I consider the greatest fighter I ever saw. He had everything: speed, science, stamina, ring generalship, courage and uncanny punching power. There were many great bantams in that day, but Barry outclassed them all ...”

Barry was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2000

1890
Apr 21 Billy Gale                 Chicago, Il                      ND   
          -No decision was reported

1891
       Fred Larson                Chicago, Il                      KO  1
       Al Shrosbree               Chicago, Il                       W  4
       Dick Ward                  Chicago, Il                      KO  3
       Jack Miller                Chicago, Il                       W  4
       Tom Cassidy                Chicago, Il                       W  6
       Tom Cassidy                Chicago, Il                      KO  2
       "Young" Joe Cranston       Chicago, Il                      KO  3
       Joe O'Leary                Chicago, Il                      KO  3
       Jockey Sloane              Chicago, Il                      KO  3
       Barney McCall              Chicago, Il                       W  4
       Joe Gates                  Chicago, Il                      KO  2
       Spud Murphy                Chicago, Il                       W  4
       Jack Ghetlain              Chicago, Il                      KO  1
       Jack Kelly                 Chicago, Il                      KO  1
       Young Lyons                Chicago, Il                      KO  1
       Al Newman                  Chicago, Il                      KO  1
Jun  8 Shorty Cleveland           Chicago, Il                      TK  3
Jun 10 "Young" Mellington         Chicago, Il                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known;
          Perhaps, it is the 2/01/92 bout vs "Billy Wellington"

1892
Feb  1 Billy Wellington           Chicago, Il                       W  6
Feb 10 Link Pope                  Chicago, Il                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Feb 20 Dan "Dummy" Rowan          Chicago, Il                      KO  4
Mar  2 Billy Joyce                Chicago, Il                      KO  3
Mar 12 Paddy Snow                 Chicago, Il                      KO  2
Apr  3 Jack Smith                 Chicago, Il                       W  5
May 10 Kid Corbett                Chicago, Il                       W  4
Jun  8 Romeo Durand               Chicago, Il                       W  4
Jul  4 Dick Reddy                 Chicago, Il                      KO  4
Aug  8 Young Moran                Chicago, Il                      KO  2
Sep  3 Frank Murphy               Springfield, Il                  KO  7
Oct 11 Joe Gates                  Chicago, Il                       W  6
Dec 21 Bob McQuade                Fort Wayne, In                    W 10

1893
Jan  8 Max Eaufeldt               Chicago, Il                      KO  1
          -Some sources report "Max Saufeldt"
Jan 20 Dave Ross                  Chicago, Il                      KO  2
Feb 12 Billy Murphy               Chicago, Il                      KO  1
Feb 28 Bob Costello               Chicago, Il                      TK  2
          -Some sources report 2/28/94
Mar  6 Jack Hopper                Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Mar 17 -Bill Barry, Jimmy's brother, was buried on this date
Mar 20 Jockey Stanton             Chicago, Il                      KO  2
Apr  5 Lou Simmons                Chicago, Il                       W  6
Jul 10 Pete Shea                  Roby, In                         KO  4
Aug  7 Con Sheehan                Chicago, Il                       W  5
       Con Sheehan                Chicago, Il                       W  4
Sep  4 Johnny Connors             Chicago, Il                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Sep  6 Tom Cassidy                Chicago, Il                      KO  6
Nov 13 Jack Fitzgerald            Chicago, Il                       W  4
Nov 27 Johnny Connors             Roby, In                        SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec  5 Jack Levy                  Roby, In                         KO 17
          -100 lb Championship of America;
          This was a "private" fight with gloves

1894
Jan 10 Harry Dally                Chicago, Il                      TK  2
          -Some sources report 1/10/97
Jan 22 "Young" Joe Cranston       Chicago, Il                      KO  3
Feb  6 Joe McGrath                Chicago, Il                      TK  3
Feb 18 Young Spitz                Chicago, Il                      KO  8
          -Some sources report 2/18/96
Jun  2 Jimmy Gorman               New Orleans, La                  KO 10
          -Some sources report "W 11"
Jul  3 Harry Brooks               Bradford Falls, Pa                W  4
          -Some sources report "Bradford Falls, Ks"
Sep 15 Casper Leon                Lemont, Il                       KO 28
          -105 lb Championship of America;
          Weights were announced as 105-105; 
          The men actually fought at 112 lbs;   
          Following this fight, Barry claimed the
          Bantamweight Championship of the World
Nov 14 George Church              Chicago, Il                       W  8
Dec  4 John Van Heest             Chicago, Il                      EX  6
Dec 10 Johnny Connors             New Orleans, La                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

1895
Feb 11 an unnamed opponent        Boston, Ma                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Feb    Frank Maciewski            Cincinnati, Oh                      
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled
Mar  6 -Barry traveled to Kansas City, Mo with "Parson" Davies, 
          Tommy Ryan, Joe Choynski and Tommy White to appear at
          a benefit being offered for a fighter named Billy Williams
Mar  7 Billy Plimmer              Boston, Ma                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled; Barry had traveled
          Kansas City, Mo
Mar 21 Joe Bertrand               Chicago, Il                      TK  5
Mar 30 Casper Leon                Chicago, Il                       D 14
          -Bantamweight Championship of the World;
          Police intervened
Apr 15 Jack "Kid" Madden          Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled;
          Barry suffered an injury in the "Casper Leon" bout
May    Tommy Ryan                 Deal Lake, NJ                    EX   
          -Barry and others sparred with Ryan nearly every day
          prior to Ryan's bout with "Mysterious" Billy Smith
          on 5/27/95
Jun  8 -Barry was scheduled to spar at New York, NY
Jun 24 Jack "Kid" Madden          Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jun 27 Jimmy Hickey               New York, NY                     EX  3
Jul 15 Dave Ross                  Boston, Ma                       TK  2
          -Some sources report "Dave Realts";
          Some sources report 7/25/95
Aug 19 Dan Tynam                  New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Aug 19 Casper Leon                New York, NY                     EX   
Sep 16 Jack "Kid" Madden          Jersey City, NJ                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Sep 30 Jack Lynch                 Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4
Oct  3 -Barry was scheduled to spar at Philadelphia, Pa
Oct 21 Jack "Kid" Madden          Maspeth, NY                      TK  4
          -Bantamweight Championship of the World;

1896
Jan 12 Young Lyons                Chicago, Il                      KO  1
Mar 15 Jim McGuire                Chicago, Il                      KO  2
Apr 20 Joe O'Donnell              Chicago, Il                      KO  3
Jul 24 Casper Leon                Elmira, NY                       EX  6
Aug 11 Steve Flanagan             Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
          -Some sources report "W 6" on 8/10/96

1897
Jan 18 Jack Berger                Chicago, Il                      KO  1
Jan 30 Sammy Kelly                Brooklyn, NY                      D 20
          -Some sources report "New York, NY"
Mar  1 Jack Ward                  New York, NY                      W 20
Apr 23 Jimmy Anthony              San Francisco, Ca                 W 20
          -Bantamweight Championship of the World;
          Some sources report 4/27/97
Aug  1 Johnny Ritchie             Chicago, Il                       D  6
Aug  7 Barney McCall              Chicago, Il                      EX  5
Aug  7 Sig Hart                   Chicago, Il                      EX  3
Dec  6 Walter Croot               London, Eng                      KO 20
          -Bantamweight Championship of the World;
          Croot struck his head on the floor as he fell;
          He died of brain injuries following this bout;
          Barry was exonerated
           
1898
Jan 31 Fred Bogan                 Cincinnati, Oh                   EX   
Feb 15 June Sommers               Louisville, Ky                   EX   
Feb 16 Kid Hennessey              Louisville, Ky                   EX  4
Mar 17 Johnny Connors             Chicago, Il                       W  6
Mar 26 Johnny Ritchie             Chicago, Il                       W  6
Apr 18 Billy Rotchford            Chicago, Il                       D  6
May 30 Casper Leon                New York, NY                      D 20
          -Bantamweight Championship of the World;
Aug 13 Johnny Ritchie             Chicago, Il                       D  6
          -Some sources report 6/03/98 at "Philadelphia, Pa"
Jun  3 Steve Flanagan             Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
          -Some sources report "D 6"
Oct 31 Frank Bartley              Chicago, Il                       D  4
Nov 18 Sammy Harris               Chicago, Il                      EX  4
Nov 21 Casper Leon                Chicago, Il                       D  6
Dec 29 Casper Leon                Davenport, Ia                     D 20
          -Bantamweight Championship of the World;

1899
Sep  1 Harry Harris               Chicago, Il                       D  6
Dec 11 Frank Fitzgerald           Chicago, Il                      EX  3

1900
Sep 17 Frank Fitzgerald           Chicago, Il                      EX   


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

1892
Feb 10 Shorty Cleveland           Chicago, Il                      KO  4

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

*** Some Data Was Provided By Mark Dunn ***


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

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