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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  5 Billy Gale                 Chicago, Il                      EX   
Apr 15 Frank Murphy               Chicago, Il                      EX   
Apr 22 Billy Gale                 Chicago, Il                      EX   
          -No decision was reported
Apr 28 Al Schrosbee               Chicago, Il                      EX   
Nov 15 George Siddons             Chicago, Il                      EX   
Dec 24 an unnamed opponent        Chicago, Il                      EX   

1891
Jan    Fred Larson                Chicago, Il                      KO  1
Jan 24 an unnamed opponent        Chicago, Il                      EX   
Mar 17 Al "Shorty" Cleveland      Chicago, Il                      EX  3
Mar 30 Billy Gale                 Chicago, Il                      EX   
Mar 31 John Van Heest             Chicago, Il                      EX   
Jun  8 Al "Shorty" Cleveland      Chicago, Il                      TK  4
          -Some sources report "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"
Jun 24 Joe Gates                  Chicago, Il                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Jul 17 Tommy White                Chicago, Il                      EX   
Jul 20 Con Doyle                  Chicago, Il                      EX   
Aug  3 Con Doyle                  Chicago, Il                      EX   
Aug  6 Al "Shorty" Cleveland      Evanston, Il                     EX   
Aug 11 Al "Shorty" Cleveland      Chicago, Il                      EX   
Aug 24 "Jockey" Freeman Sloane    Chicago, Il                       W  3
          -Some sources report "KO 3"
Aug 31 Billy Boyle                Chicago, Il                      EX   
Sep 21 Tim O'Leary                Chicago, Il                      EX   
Sep 26 Tommy Foley                Chicago, Il                      EX   
       Joe Gates                  Chicago, Il                      KO  2
          -This bout was held prior to Nov 28, 1891
Dec 19 Joe O'Leary                Chicago, Il                      EX   

1892
Jan  4 Joe O'Leary                Chicago, Il                      EX   
Jan 13 McShane                    Chicago, Il                      EX   
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 10 Al "Shorty" Cleveland      Chicago, Il                      KO  4
Feb 12 Link Pope                  Chicago, Il                      EX   
Feb 15 Joe O'Leary                Chicago, Il                      EX   
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
Apr  4 Frank Fitzgerald           Chicago, Il                      EX   
May 10 Kid Corbett                Chicago, Il                       W  4
May 23 Joe O'Leary                Chicago, Il                      EX   
Jun  8 Romeo Durant               Chicago, Il                       W  4
Jul  4 Dick Reddy                 Chicago, Il                      KO  4
Aug  8 Young Moran                Chicago, Il                      KO  2
Aug 24 N.C. Browand               Fort Wayne, In                  SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Sep  3 Frank Murphy               Springfield, Il                  KO  7
Oct 11 Joe Gates                  Chicago, Il                       W  6
Oct 17 Mike Bradley               Chicago, Il                      EX   
Nov  7 Romeo Durant               Chicago, Il                      EX   
Nov 14 Romeo Durant               Chicago, Il                       W  6
Dec  7 Henry Baker                Chicago, Il                      EX   
Dec 21 Bob McQuade                Fort Wayne, In                    W 10
Dec 29 Bob McQuade                Fort Wayne, In                  SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

1893
Jan  8 Max Eaufeldt               Chicago, Il                      KO  1
          -Some sources report "Max Saufeldt"
Jan 14 Bob McQuade                Chicago, Il                      KO 10
Jan 16 Frank Murphy               Chicago, Il                      EX   
Jan 20 Billy Murphy               Chicago, Il                      KO  1
Jan 26 Bob McQuade                Fort Wayne, In                  SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Mar  6 Jack Hopper                Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Mar  8 Frank Fitzgerald           Chicago, Il                      EX   
Mar 17 -Bill Barry, Jimmy's brother, was buried on this date
Mar 20 "Jockey"  Freeman Stanton  Chicago, Il                      KO  2
         -Perhaps, this man was "Jockey" Freeman Sloane
Mar 27 Young Kelly                Chicago, Il                      EX   
Apr  5 Lou Simmons                Chicago, Il                       W  6
Apr  7 Con Sheehan                Chicago, Il                       W  5
Apr  8 Young Kelly                Chicago, Il                      EX   
Jul 10 Pete Shea                  Roby, In                         TK  4
Sep  4 Johnny Connors             Roby, In                        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  4 John Van Heest             Chicago, Il                      EX  6
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 16 Fitzgerald                 Chicago, Il                      EX   
Jan 22 "Young" Joe Cranston       Chicago, Il                      KO  3
Feb  6 Joe McGrath                Chicago, Il                      TK  3
Feb  9 Billy Plimmer              Chicago, Il                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Feb 18 Young Spitz                Chicago, Il                      KO  8
          -Some sources report 2/18/96
Feb 19 Frank Fitzgerald           Chicago, Il                      EX   
Feb 20 Frank Fitzgerald           Chicago, Il                      EX   
Feb 21 Frank Fitzgerald           Chicago, Il                      EX   
Feb 22 Frank Fitzgerald           Chicago, Il                      EX   
Feb 23 Frank Fitzgerald           Chicago, Il                      EX   
Feb 28 Bob Costello               Chicago, Il                       W  2
Jun  2 Jimmy Gorman               New Orleans, La                  KO 10
          -Some sources report "W 11"; Some "TK 11"
Jul  3 Eddie Horan                Pittsburgh, Pa                  SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
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
Sep 24 Casper Leon                Chicago, Il                      EX   
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
Dec 13 Jack "Kid" Madden          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 19 Frank Maciewski            Cincinnati, Oh                  SCH   
          -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  6 Tommy White                Kansas City, Mo                  EX   
Mar  7 Billy Plimmer              Boston, Ma                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled;
           Barry had traveled to Kansas City, Mo
Mar 21 Joe Bertrand               Chicago, Il                      TK  6
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 an unnamed opponent        New York, NY                     EX   
Jun 24 Jack "Kid" Madden          Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held; Police intervened
Jun 27 Dan Tynan                  New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled
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 Tynan                  New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled
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 an unnamed opponent        Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
Oct  5 an unnamed opponent        Cleveland, Oh                    EX   
Oct 14 Casper Leon                Jersey City, NJ                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Oct 21 Jack "Kid" Madden          Maspeth, NY                      TK  4
          -Bantamweight Championship of the World;
          Some sources report 10/21/91
Dec 21 an unnamed opponent        Chicago, Il                      EX   

1896
Jan 12 Young Lyons                Chicago, Il                      KO  1
Mar 15 Johnny Murphy              El Paso, Tx                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled; 
          Some sources report February 1896
Mar 15 Jim McGuire                Chicago, Il                      KO  2
Apr 20 Joe O'Donnell              Chicago, Il                      KO  3
Apr 25 Harry Dally                Chicago, Il                      EX  3
Jul 24 Casper Leon                Elmira, NY                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled;
          Some sources report "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
Mar  9 an unnamed opponent        Omaha, Ne                        EX   
Mar 12 an unnamed opponent        Denver, Co                       EX  6
Mar 13 an unnamed opponent        Cripple Creek, Co               SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Mar 14 an unnamed opponent        Victor, Co                      SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Mar 15 an unnamed opponent        Colorado Springs, Co            SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Apr 23 Jimmy Anthony              San Francisco, Ca                 W 20
          -Bantamweight Championship of the World;
          Some sources report 4/27/97
Apr 30 an unnamed opponent        Denver, Co                       EX   
May  3 Billy Brown                Creighton, Ne                    EX  4
May  4 "Kid" Brown                Omaha, Ne                        EX  4
         -This man was probably "Billy Brown"
May  4 Bob Armstrong              Omaha, Ne                        EX   
         -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Jun 15 Frank Fitzgerald           Kalamazoo, Mi                    EX   
Jun 16 an unnamed opponent        Grand Rapids, Mi                 EX   
Jun-Jul -Barry toured Wisconsin and sparred frequently
Aug  1 Johnny Ritchie             Chicago, Il                       D  6
Aug  7 Barney McCall              Chicago, Il                      EX  5
Aug  7 Sig Hart                   Chicago, Il                      EX  3
         -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
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    an unnamed opponent        Cincinnati, Oh                   EX  4
Jan 31 Fred Bogan                 Cincinnati, Oh                   EX   
Feb  4 Billy Curtis               Cincinnati, Oh                    W  4
Feb  5 Dan "Dummy" Rowan          Cincinnati, Oh                   EX   
Feb    an unnamed opponent        Detroit, Mi                      EX  4
Feb 15 June Sommers               Louisville, Ky                    W  3
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 28 an unnamed opponent        Toronto, Ontario, Canada         EX   
          -This man was a brother of "Jim Popp"
May 30 Casper Leon                New York, NY                      D 20
          -Bantamweight Championship of the World;
Jun  3 Steve Flanagan             Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
          -Some sources report "D 6"
Aug 13 Johnny Ritchie             Chicago, Il                       D  6
          -Some sources report 6/03/98 at "Philadelphia, Pa"
Oct  6 Fred Bogan                 Lexington, Ky                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Oct  8 Jimmy Rose                 Chicago, Il                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Oct 17 Joe Sturch                 Chicago, Il                      EX  4
Oct 24 Campbell Hudson            Chicago, Il                      EX  4
Oct 29 Joe Sturch                 Chicago, Il                      EX  4
Oct 31 Frank Bartley              Chicago, Il                       D  4
Oct    -Barry was sparring regularly with Hudson, Bartley and Frank Fitzgerald
          during Oct-Nov in preparation for his upcoming bout with Leon
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
Mar 18 Frank Fitzgerald           St. Louis, Mo                    EX   
Sep  1 Harry Harris               Chicago, Il                       D  6
Dec 11 Frank Fitzgerald                      Chicago, Il                      EX  3

1900
Sep 18 Frank Fitzgerald           Chicago, Il                      EX   

1904
Jun 27 Frankie Neil               Chicago, IL                      EX   

1913
May  6 Johnny Coulon              Springfield, Il                  EX  2

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

1891
       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
       Barney McCall              Chicago, Il                       W  4
       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


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

*** Most New Data Was Provided By Mark Dunn ***

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