Jack Blackburn
(Charles Henry Blackburn)
("Chappie")

BORN   1883; Versailles, Kentucky
DIED   April 24 1942; Chicago, Illinois (possibly 4/25/42)
HEIGHT 5-10
WEIGHT 133-160 lbs
Blackburn was lean and lanky, quick, and clever, and knew how to fight; He possessed fast hands, a careful yet aggressive style, and utilized a lethal jab accompanied by a snapping left hook; Jack often fought bigger and heavier men and more than held his own; He claimed to have had nearly 400 bouts in his career

Blackburn fought many outstanding men of boxing and despite a size disadvantage (in many bouts)  gave them all they could handle; Among them were Joe Gans (3 times), Sam Langford (6 times), George Cole (3 times), Larry Temple (2 times), Dave Holly (5 times), George Gunther (10 times), "Philadelphia" Jack O'Brien, Ed "Gunboat" Smith,  Harry Greb, Joe Borrell (2 times), Kid Norfolk, and Panama" Joe Gans

Among those he defeated during his career were Steve Crosby, Howard Wilson, Vernon Campbell, Jimmy Gardner, Harry Lenny, Charles Hitte, Joe Grim, Cy Flynn, Jack Williams, George Gunther, Cleve Hawkins, George Cole, Herman Miller, Fred Bradley, Jim Barry, Harry Lewis, Mike Donovan, Jack Bonner, Terry Martin, Tony Caponi, Harry Mansfield, Tommy Howell, and Henry Hauber

After he retired from the ring, Blackburn trained fighters -- among them were Sammy Mandell, Charles "Bud" Taylor, and Jersey Joe Walcott (briefly); He is most famous for instructing the "Brown Bomber, " Joe Louis, in the finer points of pugilism

Charley Rose ranked Blackburn as the #3 All-Time Lightweight; In 1992, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame for his work as a trainer

1901
       Kid Miller                  Indianapolis, In                 KO  8
       Albert Bean                 Cleveland, Oh                    KO  5
       Billy Love                  Alexandria, In                   KO  2
       Jack Cullen                 Indianapolis, In                  D 10
       Kid Robinson                Indianapolis, In                  D 10

1902
       Jesse Clark                 Indianapolis, In                 KO  4
       Kid Ashe                    Cincinnati, Oh                   WF  7
       Joe Troyan                  Indianapolis, In                 KO  4
       Bob Farming                 Frankfurt, In                    TK 17
       Kid Stevens                 Indianapolis, In                 KO  3
       Steve Crosby                Indianapolis, In                  W 10
Dec 16 Eddie Gardner               Indianapolis, In                 TK 10

1903
       Eddie Gardner               Terre Haute, In                   W 15
       Charley McDonald            Pittsburgh, Pa                   KO 11
Feb    Kid Reynolds                Pittsburgh, Pa                   KO  2
Mar    James Frazier               Pittsburgh, Pa                   ND  6
May  4 Dave Holly                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
May  5 Jack McKenzie               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jun 19 Jack Sullivan               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jul  3 Kid Terrell                 Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  4
Sep  1 Howard Wilson               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Sep 15 Tommy Wild                  Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  2
Sep 18 Vernon Campbell             Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  4
Sep 25 Tom Daly                    Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6 
Oct 12 Eddie Kennedy               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Nov  2 Joe Gans                    Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Nov 21 Dave Holly                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Dec 23 Sam Langford                Boston, Ma                        D 12
Dec 31 Mike "Twin" Sullivan        Boston, Ma                        D 15

1904
Jan  2 Jimmy Gardner               Boston, Ma                        W 12
Jan  8 Sam Bolen                   Baltimore, Md                     D 12
          -Some sources report "D 15"
Jan 11 Sam Langford                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jan 19 Charles Mulhall             Tamaqua, Pa                      ND  6
Jan 25 Kid Wilson                  Chester, Pa                      ND  6
Mar  1 Danny Duane                 Boston, Ma                       LK  2
Mar 25 Joe Gans                    Baltimore, Md                     L 15
Apr  5 Kid Ferry                   Lehigh Valley, Pa                KO  8
Jul 18 Harry Lenny                 Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  5
Aug 26 Dave Holly                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Sep 14 Blink McCloskey             Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Sep 23 Charles Hitte               Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  3
Nov  3 Joe Grim                    Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Dec  1 Joe Grim                    Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Dec  3 Sam Bolen                   Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Dec  9 Sam Langford                Marlboro, Pa                      D 15

1905
Jan 12 Joe Grim                    Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jan 19 Charles Mulhall             Tamaqua, Pa                       W 10
Jan 20 Dave Holly                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jan 31 Kid Ferry                   Allentown, Pa                    KO  8
Feb 27 Ed Smith                    Allentown, Pa                     W 10
Feb 27 Cy Flynn                    Sharon, Pa                        W 12
          -Different sources report the same date for the previous 2 bouts
Apr  3 Dick Fitzpatrick            Sharon, Pa                       KO  2
Apr 23 Joe Allen                   Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  1
Jun 10 George Cole                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Aug 10 Jack Williams               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Aug 18 Sam Langford                Leiperville, Pa                   L 15
Sep  4 Larry Temple                Sharon, Pa                       ND 12
Sep 20 Sam Langford                Allentown, Pa                     D 10
Oct  4 Harry Senter                Wilmington, De                   ND  6
Oct  4 Jack Williams               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Oct  7 Sam Langford                Philadelphia, Pa                 NC  1
Oct 13 Larry Temple                Marlboro, Ma                      D 15

1906
Jan 19 Paddy O'Rourke              New York, NY                     ND  3
Jan 31 George Gunther              New Castle, Pa                    W 10
Feb  7 George Gunther              Pittsburgh, Pa                   ND  6
Mar  8 Jack Williams               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Mar 20 Kid Wilson                  Indianapolis, In                  W  8
       Sailor Burke                New York, NY                     ND  3
May  1 Cleve Hawkins               New York, NY                     KO  2
          -Some sources report 5/02/06;
          Some sources report "W 2"
May  4 Sammy Campbell              New York, NY                     ND  4
May 11 Sammy Campbell              New York, NY                     ND  4
Jun  7 Kid Wilson                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jun 29 Joe Gans                    Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jul  5 George Gunther              Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Aug  2 Billy Burke                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Aug 23 Billy Burke                 Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  3
Oct 11 Dave Holly                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Nov 29 Eddie Haney                 Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  2

1907
Jan  1 George Cole                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jan 24 Kid Henry                   Lancaster, Pa                    ND  6
Jan 25 Billy Burke                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Apr 18 George Gunther              Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
May 15 George Gunther              New York, NY                     ND 10
May 17 Herman Miller               Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  3
May 23 George Gunther              Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
May 27 Fred Bradley                Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  2
Jun  7 George Cole                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jun 17 Terry Martin                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jun 27 Billy Burke                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jul  8 Jim Barry                   Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Sep  5 Jim Barry                   Bridgeport, Ct                    W  6
Oct 18 Mike Donovan                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Nov 20 Harry Lewis                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Dec  6 George Gunther              Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  5
Dec 20 Jack Morgan                 Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  3
Dec 24 Mike Donovan                Reading, Pa                       W 10

1908
Jan  9 George Gunther              Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jan 17 Jack Bonner                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jan 21 Charles Hitte               Albany, NY                       TK 14
Feb 27 George Gunther              Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Mar 14 Terry Martin                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Mar 20 "Young" Tommy Coleman       Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Apr 13 Bill Heveron                Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  3
Apr 21 Mike Donovan                Easton, Pa                        D 10
May  1 Mark Anderson               Philadelphia, Pa                 TK  2
May  1 Steve Crosby                Philadelphia, Pa                  W  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Jun 10 "Philadelphia" Jack O'Brien Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
       Johnny Willetts                                              EX   
Jun 18 George Gunther              Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Sep 14 Tony Caponi                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Sep 26 John Wille                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Oct  1 Cy Flynn                    Rochester, NY                    ND  6
Nov 23 Mike Donovan                Pittsburgh, Pa                   ND  6
Dec 10 Mickey McDonough            Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  3
Dec 10 Jack Robinson               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Dec 14 Jack Robinson               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  3
       Johnny Willetts                                              EX   
Dec 29 Harry Mansfield             Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6

1909
Jan 12 -Blackburn was arrested for the murder of Alonzo Polk
          and the attempted murder of Polk's wife, Mattie; He 
          was convicted and given a prison sentence

1909-1913 

          -Blackburn served time in prison

1914
Apr  4 Tommy Howell                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
May 20 Ed "Gunboat" Smith          Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Sep 12 Jack McCarron               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Oct  5 "Young" Tommy Coleman       Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Oct 10 Bill Watkins                Brooklyn, NY                     LK  4
Oct 29 Emmett "Kid" Wagner         Allentown, Pa                    LK  4
Dec 16 Al Grayber                  Altoona, Pa                       W  6

1915
Jan 18 Harry Baker                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jan 25 Harry Greb                  Pittsburgh, Pa                   ND  6
Aug  2 Eddie Palmer                Memphis, Tn                       L  8
Dec 25 One-Round Sylvester         St. Louis, Mo                    ND  8

1916
Jun 12 Joe Rosen                   Philadelphia, Pa                 Nd  6
Jun 20 Willie Baker                Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  4
Jun 28 K.O. Samson                 Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  2
Aug 23 Young Ahearn                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Sep  8 Young Ahearn                New York, NY                     ND 10
Oct 17 Eddie Revoire               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Oct 27 Joe Borrell                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Nov  3 Joe Borrell                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Nov 17 Eddie Revoire               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Nov 21 Jackie Clark                Pottstown, Pa                     L 10

1917
Jan 22 Christy Williams            Columbus, Oh                      W 10
Feb  1 Harry Baker                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Feb 15 Henry Hauber                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Mar 29 Harry Baker                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
May 31 Larry Williams              Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jun 15 Joe Borrell                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jul 16 Henry Hauber                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Aug 13 Pat O'Malley                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Sep  6 Joe Rosen                   Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Oct  4 Henry Hauber                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Dec  7 Herman Miller               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6

1918
Apr 22 Willie Langford              Toledo, Oh                       ND 12
Sep 20 Larry Williams               Atlantic City, NJ                ND  8
Nov 22 Harry Baker                  Pennsgrove, NJ                   ND  8
Nov 25 Jimmy Lyggett                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6

1920
Jun 22 Kid Norfolk                  New York, NY                     LK  4

1921
Dec 20 "Young" Jack Johnson         Boston, Ma                       WF  3

1922
Apr  7 Calvin Respress              Elgin, Il                        ND 10
Apr 25 Bonecrusher McNally          Clinton, Ia                      KO  2
Jul 24 "Panama" Joe Gans            Indianapolis, In                 LK  4

1923
Mar  9 Ray Pelkey                   Oakland, Ca                      LK  3
      
          -Blackburn retired from boxing and became a boxing
           instructor and trainer; Among his most prominent
           proteges were Sammy Mandell, Bud Taylor, and Joe
           Louis

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

1903
Oct  6 William "Spike" Sullivan     Chester, Pa                      D  6

1907
Dec 11 Walter Stanton               New York, NY                    ND  6

1908
Nov  7 Jimmy Burns                  Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6

Undated
       Otto Knopp                   Philadelphia, Pa                 W  6

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