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Mel Coogan
(Melvin George Coogan)

BORN   August 6 1896; Brooklyn, New York
HEIGHT 5-7 1/2
WEIGHT 128 1/2-143 1/2 lbs
MANAGERS Paddy Roche, Joe Woodman

 

 

Coogan was a scrappy and talented fighter who ranked among the top men of his time as a lightweight and welterweight; His career spanned 18 years and he engaged in more than 180 bouts  

During his career, Mel defeated such men as Johnny Clinton, Pete Hartley, Barney Adair, Harry Carlson, Fred Yelle, Georgie Ward, Harry Pierce, Jimmy Hanlon, Pete August, Joe Welling and Clonie Tait

1911
Jul  8 Jimmy Lawton               Bronx, NY                          KO  2
Sep  8 Joe Farren                 Brooklyn, NY                       ND  6

1912
Feb 10 Al Kemp                    Bronx, NY                          KO  1
Feb 16 Jacob "Soldier" Bartfield  Brooklyn, NY                       ND  6
Apr  6 Al King                    Brooklyn, NY                       KO  3
Apr 15 Young [K.O.] Ross          Brooklyn, NY                       KO  7
Apr 22 Young Kalpher              Newark, NJ                         KO  2
Apr 29 Buck "Twin" Miller         Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
May  6 Young Tack                 Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
          -Some sources report "Young Tuck"
May 11 Andy Cortez                Bronx, NY                          ND 10
May 18 Leo Baker                  Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
May 20 Leo Baker                  Newark, NJ                         ND  6
          -Some sources report "ND 4"
May 27 Jimmy Fasane               Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
Jun 17 Harry Lortz                Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
          -Some sources report "Harry Lustig"
Jun 22 Battling Mantell           Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
Jul  9 Harry Lortz                Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
          -Some sources report "Harry Lustig"
Sep  2 "Brooklyn" Tommy Nelson    Brooklyn, NY                       TK  8
Oct  8 Billy Bennett              New York, NY                       ND 10
Oct 12 Andy Cortez                Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
Nov 25 Kid Henry                  Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
Nov 28 Johnny Mayo                Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10

1913
Jan  5 Jim Coster                 Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
Jan  7 Harry Stone                New York, NY                       ND 10
Feb 19 Jack Coyne                 Rutherford, NJ                     KO  6
Feb 22 Kid Henry                  Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
Mar  8 Frankie DeMeyer            Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
Mar 22 Tommy Moore                Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
Mar 28 Harry Fitzpatrick          Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
Apr 18 Dick McGee                 Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
Apr 19 Fred Halsband              New York, NY                       ND 10
May 30 Jimmy Barry                Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
Jun  9 Willie Rothwell            Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
Aug  9 Johnny Martin              Bronx, NY                          ND 10
Aug 30 "Harlem" Eddie Kelly       New York, NY                       ND 10
Sep  6 Eddie Smith                Bronx, NY                          ND 10
Nov 26 Walter Mohr                Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10

1914
Jan 10 Johnny Burke               Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
Mar 11 Frankie Callahan           Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
May  1 Eddie Murphy               Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
Jun 23 Eddie Wallace              Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
Sep 18 Frankie DeMeyer            Brooklyn, NY                       TK  9
Oct 23 Johnny "Young" Drummie     Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
Nov  6 Bobby Reynolds             Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
Nov 24 Harry Fitzpatrick          Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
Nov 26 Jack Carey                 Woodhaven, NY                      KO  2

1915
Jan  1 Harry Pierce               Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
Jan 25 Al King                    Alton, Il                          ND  6
Feb  8 Bant Dorsey                St. Louis, Mo                      ND  8
Mar  5 Matty McCue                Milwaukee, Wi                      ND 10
Mar 19 Richie Mitchell            Milwaukee, Wi                      ND 10
Mar 26 Otto Wallace               Milwaukee, Wi                      LF  7
May 11 Johnny Kilbane             Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
Jun 26 Jimmy Fasane               New York, NY                       ND 10
Oct 21 Johnny Mack                Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
Oct 29 Harry Smith                Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
Nov  8 Eddie Cook                 Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
Dec  4 Fred Yelle                 Taunton, Ma                         W 12
Dec 25 Al Schumacher              Savannah, Ga                        W 15

1916
Jan  7 Tommy Lowe                 Savannah, Ga                        D 15
Jan 21 Tommy Lowe                 Savannah, Ga                        D 20
Mar 31 Walter Little              Savannah, Ga                       KO  3
May  4 Tommy Lowe                 Ardmore, Md                         D 15
May 20 Frankie DeMeyer            Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
Jul  1 Young Frank                Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
Jul 20 Eddie Dorsey               Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
Aug  8 Billy Meyers               Boston, Ma                          W  8
Aug 10 Mickey Donley              Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
Aug 25 Eddie Smiley               Boston, Ma                          W  8
Sep  4 Larry Hansen               Portland, Me                       ND 12
Sep  7 Leo Johnson                Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
Sep 29 Pete Hartley               Greenfield, Ma                      D 12
Oct  3 Pete Hartley               Boston, Ma                          W 12
Oct 23 Joe Stacey                 Brooklyn, NY                       TK  6
Oct 27 Fred Yelle                 Manchester, NH                      W 12
Nov  9 Harry Carlson              Lawrence, Ma                       WF  3
Nov 16 Young Rector               Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
Nov 18 Harry Carlson              Portland, Me                       LF 10
Nov 24 Solly Woods                Providence, RI                     TK  5
Dec 14 Leo Johnson                Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
Dec 19 Larry Hansen               Boston, Ma                          W 12
Dec 20 Billy Kramer               Greenfield, Ma                      W 12

1917
Jan  1 Pete Hartley               Lawrence, Ma                        W 12
Jan 23 Al Thomas                  Boston, Ma                          W 10
Jan 29 Johnny Martin              New Bedford, Ma                     W 12
Feb 23 Vincent Pokorni            Cleveland, Oh                      ND 12
Mar 12 Mickey Donley              Taunton, Ma                         W 12
Mar 29 Johnny Clinton             North Adams, Ma                     W 12
Apr 13 Mickey Donley              New Bedford, Ma                     D 12
Apr 16 Fred Yelle                 Taunton, Ma                         W 12
Apr 19 Young Blades               Southbridge, Ma                     L 12
May 17 Al Thomas                  Southbridge, Ma                     W 12
May 28 Young Blades               Woonsocket, RI                      W 12
Jun  4 Jimmy Hagen                Halifax, NS, Can                    W 15
          -Some sources report "Patsy Hagen"
Oct 12 Eddie Shannon              Newport, RI                         D 12
Nov 10 Leo Johnson                Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
Nov 24 Fred Yelle                 Newport, RI                         W 12

1918
Feb  6 Barney Adair               Newport, RI                         W 12
Feb 22 Pete Hartley               Woonsocket, RI                      W 12
Apr  3 Barney Adair               Newport, RI                         W 12
Apr 11 Walter Butler              Brockton, Ma                        W 12
Apr 30 Johnny Clinton             Marieville, RI                      D 12
Jun 26 Young Strona               Newport, RI                        TK  6
Dec  5 Pete Hartley               Lowell, Ma                          D 12

1919
Apr 21 Eddie Smith                Jersey City, NJ                    ND  8
May  1 "Harlem" Eddie Kelly       Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
May  5 Charley "Kid" Carter       Jersey City, NJ                    WF  6
          -Some sources report "KO 6"
Jun  2 "Harlem" Eddie Kelly       Jersey City, NJ                    ND  8
Jul 11 Johnny "Red" Allen         Bayonne, NJ                        ND  8
Aug  4 Johnny Dundee              Jersey City, NJ                    ND  8
Aug 18 Johnny Clinton             New Bedford, Ma                     D 12
Sep  1 Barney Adair               South Bend, In                     ND 10
Oct  2 Georgie Ward               Atlantic City, NJ                  TK  7
Oct 27 Stanley Hinckle            Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
          -Some sources report "ND 10"
Nov 10 Johnny Dundee              Jersey City, NJ                    ND  8
Nov 17 Jimmy Murphy               Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
Nov 24 Myron "Pinkey" Mitchell    Milwaukee, Wi                      ND 10
Dec 10 Benny Leonard              Jersey City, NJ                    LT  2

1920
Jan 19 Willie Jackson             Trenton, NJ                        ND  8
Feb  6 Al Murphy                  Savannah, Ga                        W 12
Feb 17 Arlos Fanning              St. Louis, Mo                      ND  8
Mar  8 Frankie Schoell            Buffalo, NY                        LT  5
Mar 15 Tommy Touhey               Paterson, NJ                       ND  8
          -Some sources report "ND 10"
Mar 17 Johnny Mendelsohn          Detroit, Mi                        ND 10
Mar 25 Johnny Mahoney             Perth Amboy, NJ                    ND  8
Apr  7 Richie Mitchell            Detroit, Mi                        ND 10
May  7 Jack Denley                Plainfield, NJ                     KO  1
May 19 Johnny Dundee              Detroit, Mi                        ND 10
May 29 Pal Moran                  Lawrence, Ma                       NC  6
          -Some sources report "LF 6"
Jul 15 Harry Schuman              Denver, Co                          D 12
          -Some sources report "W 12" vs "Heinie Schuman"
Sep  6 Richie Mitchell            Youngstown, Oh                      L 12
          -Some sources report "ND 12"
Oct  8 Willie Herman              Paterson, NJ                       ND 10
Dec  3 Harry Pierce               Syracuse, NY                        W 12
Dec  7 Eddie Wallace              Jersey City, NJ                    ND 12
          -Some sources report "ND 10"
Dec 25 Billy Stearns              Brooklyn, NY                       TK  3
Dec 28 Eddie Shannon              St. Louis, Mo                      ND  8

1921
Jan  1 Charley O'Connell          Pittsburgh, Pa                     ND 10
Apr 26 Shamus O'Brien             Brooklyn, NY                       WF  9
May  2 Willie Burke               Brooklyn, NY                       WF  6
Jun 18 Walter Mohr                Long Island City, NY                W 15
          -Some sources report "W 12"
Jul 13 Johnny Stopper             Denver, Co                          W 10
          -Some sources report 7/14/21
Aug  5 Larry Hansen               Brooklyn, NY                       TK  4
          -Some sources report 8/06/21
Aug 13 Sam Mossberg               Long Island City, NY                W 12
Oct  3 Joe Welling                Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  8
Nov 19 Clonie Tait                Minneapolis, Mn                    ND 10
          -Some sources report 11/18/21
Dec  2 Tony Dennis                Milwaukee, Wi                      ND 10
Dec 14 Otto Wallace               Janesville, Wi                     ND 10

1922
Feb  1 Lew Tendler                Philadelphia, Pa                   NC  1
          -Some sources report "NC 8"
Mar 25 Jimmy Hanlon               Brooklyn, NY                        W 12
Apr  4 Al Murphy                  Allentown, Pa                      ND 10
May 18 Mickey Donley              Brooklyn, NY                        D 12
May 29 Joe Welling                Indianapolis, In                   ND 10
Aug 19 Earl France                Long Island City, NY                D 12
          -Some sources report "D 10"
Aug 28 Battling Budd              Atlanta, Ga                         L 10
Sep 11 Sid Barbarian              Detroit, Mi                        ND 10
Nov 18 Archie Bradley             Sydney, NSW, Aus                   LF 11
          -Some sources report "WF 11"
Dec  9 Harry Collins              Sydney, NSW, Aus                    D 20

1923
Feb 22 Young Carmen               San Francisco, Ca                   D  4
          -Some sources report 2/23/23;
           Some sources report "San Jose, Ca"
Mar 23 Joe Azevedo                Sacramento, Ca                      D  4
Apr 21 Harry "Kid" Brown          Brooklyn, NY                        D 12
Jun 11 Billy McCann               New Orleans, La                    ND 15
Jun 30 Harry "Kid" Brown          Brooklyn, NY                        L 12
Aug  2 Sid Marks                  Berwyn, Md                         KO  6
          -Some sources report 8/03/23
Aug 24 Basil Galiano              New Orleans, La                    ND 15
Aug 30 Joe Dundee                 Berwyn, Md                          L 12
Sep 14 Basil Galiano              New Orleans, La                    ND 15
Sep 27 Tim Droney                 Brooklyn, NY                        W 10
Oct 11 Billy Angelo               York, Pa                           ND 10
          -Some sources report 10/12/23
Nov  8 Pete August                Brooklyn, NY                        W 12
Nov 29 Archie Walker              Brooklyn, NY                        L 12

1924
Jul 20 Joe Welling                Wheeling, WV                        W  4
Aug  6 Joe Welling                Wheeling, WV                        W 12
Sep  8 Basil Galiano              New Orleans, La                     L 15
Nov 13 Sid Terris                 Brooklyn, NY                       LK  6
Nov 28 Bobby Tracey               Cleveland, Oh                       L 12
          -Some sources report "ND 8"

1925
Jan  1 Russie LeRoy               Fargo, ND                          LK  1
Feb 11 Bobby Tracey               Cleveland, Oh                      ND  8
Jun 30 Billy White                Newark, NJ                         ND 10
Jul 21 Clonie Tait                Winnipeg, MB, Can                   W 10
Aug 17 Frankie Bob                Dayton, Oh                          L 12
Nov 28 Bobby Tracey               Cleveland, Oh                      ND  8

1928
Aug 20 Luke Carr                  Buffalo, NY                         L  6


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

1912
       Jack Brooks                                                   KO  5
       Kid Bennett                                                   KO  1
       Jim Jordan                                                    KO  1
Joe Otto ND 4
Willie Burke ND 4
Willie Burke ND 6
Billy Curley ND 4
Jimmy Jarvis ND 4
1913 Tommy Rowen ND 6 1916 Young Bosse W 4
Johnny King ND 6
1919 Jimmy Sullivan KO 3
Young Neal ND 8
1924 Jul 9 Frank McCarthy Providence, RI KO 4 Jul 16 Tommy Herman Dayton, Oh ND 12 Jul 23 Sig Keppen Bellaire, Oh ND 12

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