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Harry Berger

BORN Fought out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
HEIGHT 5-7
WEIGHT 135-145 lbs

 

 

Berger was a clever boxer-type with fast hands who experienced a good career in the ring; Like so many talented boxers of his time, with the "No Decision" bouts in effect, his boxing skills are not fully appreciated

During his career, Berger battled such men as Joe Gans, Dave Holly, William "Spike" Sullivan (two times), Patsy Sweeney (two times), Tommy Cleary (four times), Elwood McCloskey (two times), Billy Farren (two times), Cub White and Jack Clancy

1896
Dec 24 Young Krause                 Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  4

1897
Apr  5 Young Krause                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Apr  8 Charlie Turville             Philadelphia, Pa                  W  6
May 10 John "Young" Mahoney         Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
          -Some sources report "D 6"

1898
Apr 22 Elwood McCloskey             Philadelphia, Pa                 WF  6
          -Some sources report "ND 6"
Oct 20 Joe Johnson                  Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  2
Oct 20 Billy McLean                 Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date

1899
Feb  4 Jack Kenny                   Frankford, Pa                    KO  4
Jun 16 Walter Edgerton              Philadelphia, Pa                 ND   
       -Edgerton used the name Kentucky Rosebud
Nov  8 Frank Bradley                Allentown, Pa                    KO  2
Nov 28 Elwood McCloskey             Allentown, Pa                    ND 15
Dec 15 Harry Burke                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Dec 22 Dan Danvers                  Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  5
Dec 27 Isadore Strauss              Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6

1900
Jan 12 Billy Maharg                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
Jan 15 Tommy Cleary                 Philadelphia, Pa                 LK  3
Jan 19 Young Starr                  Allentown, Pa                    WF  7
          -Some sources report "W 7"
           Some sources report 1/21/1900 in Philadelphia, Pa
Feb 17 Jack Waldron                 Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  3
Mar  3 Tim Kearns                   Philadelphia, Pa                 LK  2
          -Some sources report "LK 3"
Mar 10 Charles "Bull" McCarthy      Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Mar 12 Billy Maharg                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Mar 23 Bobby Thompson               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Apr  1 Isadore Strauss              Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Apr  9 Tommy Cleary                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Apr 17 Charles Norton               Philadelphia, Pa                 WF  6
Apr 23 Billy Maharg                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Apr 23 Thomas Riley                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
          -Different sources report the previous 2 bouts held the same date
Jun  4 Tommy Cleary                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jul 13 Tommy Cleary                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Aug  7 Jim Maloney                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
          -Some sources report "Mike Mahoney"
Aug 17 Young Starr                  Philadelphia, Pa                 WF  4
Aug 24 Patsy Sweeney                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Sep 22 Charles Norton               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Sep 29 Jack Ryan                    Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  3
Oct  4 Kid Thomas                   Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Oct 15 Jack Sullivan                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Nov  3 Jim Maloney                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Nov 23 Tim Reilly                   Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Dec 10 William "Spike" Sullivan     Trenton, NJ                       D 20
Dec 25 Percy McIntyre               Trenton, NJ                       W 20

1901
Mar 11 Billy Farren                 Trenton, NJ                      TK 14
Apr  1 William "Spike" Sullivan     Trenton, NJ                      LK 18
Apr 15 Joe Handler                  Trenton, NJ                       L 20
May 27 Jack Sullivan                Trenton, NJ                      WF  3
Jul 15 Joe Gans                     Baltimore, Md                    ND  6
Aug  5 Walter Burgo                 Trenton, NJ                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held; Burgo did not show
Sep  2 Howard Wilson                Trenton, NJ                       W 10
Sep  9 Danny Duane                  Trenton, NJ                       L 20
          -Some sources report 9/10/1901

1902
Jan 17 Billy Devine                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Apr  5 Billy Farren                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Apr 12 Kid Ferry                    Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Oct 11 Dan Cunningham               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Oct 18 Patsy Sweeney                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Nov 22 Eddie Cain                   Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Dec  6 Dave Holly                   Philadelphia, Pa                 LK  4

1903
Nov 28 Kid Coffey                   Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  7
Dec  5 Harry Senter                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Dec 21 Dan "Buzzard" Ingram         Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6

1904
Jan  2 Harry Senter                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jan  5 Kid Williams                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Feb 13 Cub White                    Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Mar 19 Fred Douglas                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Apr 23 Joe Grim                     Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
May  7 Billy Burke                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
May 30 Kid Wilson                   Chester, Pa                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Oct  7 Blink McCloskey              Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Oct  8 Kid Williams                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Dec 30 Fred Blackburn               Philadelphia, Pa                SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

1905
Sep 29 Fred Douglas                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Nov  2 Jack Clancy                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6

1907
Apr  3 Young Cuddy                  Haverhill, Ma                     D   
May 25 Owen McCarthy                near Trenton, NJ                 LK 25
Dec 18 Dimp O'Donnell               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6

1908
Jan  8 Harry Jones                  Brandywine Springs, De           ND  6
Jan 17 Owen McCarthy                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Feb 26 "Young" Tommy Coleman        Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Dec 19 Dimp O'Donnell               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
*** The Following Bouts Are Reported But Not Confirmed ***

1887-1889
       Elwood McCloskey             Philadelphia, Pa                 LK  5

1904
May    Harry Burke                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6

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

*** Much Data Provided By Luckett Davis ***
 

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