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The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia -- Old Timer

Patrick "Reddy" Gallagher
(Patrick Joseph Gallagher)

A chapter (58 pages) about Gallagher is contained
in the book "The only thing I can do is to fight" by
Mark T. Dunn - a work that is highly recommended

           BORN   February 7 1864; Clarksville, Tennessee
(Fought out of Cleveland, Ohio)
  DIED November 13 1937; Denver, Colorado
  HEIGHT 5-7 3/4
  WEIGHT 153 lbs

Gallagher was very athletic; He boxed, wrestled and played football during his career and aspired to be a baseball pitcher; As a fighter, he was described as having great strength and being a hard-hitter who fought in rushes; He also had a long reach and was a quick dodger of punches

Some sources report that Reddy hit harder than "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey, was not second to him in cleverness of foot and had a left hand that, for quickness and weight, was never excelled in the middleweight class; Reportedly, Gallagher held his own in sparring matches with George LaBlanche and "stood off" Jake Kilrain in bouts

Reddy, who got his nickname from his red hair, was described as being a quiet, polite, well-behaved young man who did not drink; During his career, he defeated such men as Jimmy Connolly, Dick Collier and Sam Bittle

After his fighting days, he was boxing instructor at the Denver (Co) Athletic Club, owner of the Lewiston Hotel, operated a real estate company and was sports editor of the Denver (Co) Post (1929-1937).

Many old reports are very contradictory; If anyone discovers conclusive data that disagrees with these fight results, please advise Tracy Callis

       Charles Lange              
			Cleveland, Oh                     W   
          -Lange quit and left the ring
1885 Nov 29 -Gallagher challenged Lewis Rabshaw to fight with or without gloves within one week; Rabshaw offered to fight for $50 to $100 without gloves to a finish; The outcome is not known 1886 Feb 2 -Gallagher challenged fighters identified as Ed Dillon (the lightweight champion of Michigan, Frank Ryan and Lewis Rabshaw with Dillon preferred Jul 28 James "One-Eyed" Connolly Cleveland, Oh SCH -This bout was scheduled but cancelled; Criminal action was threatened Aug 19 James "One-Eyed" Connolly Cleveland, Oh W 6 Sep 11 George LaBlanche Cleveland, Oh EX Sep 18 Jimmy Carroll Cleveland, Oh EX Nov 2 Al Rumsey Cleveland, Oh EX 1 -This bout was scheduled for four rounds but Rumsey retired after the first round Nov 24 Lucien Marc Christobal Cleveland, Oh SCH -This was a wrestling exhibition was scheduled but not held; Lucien declined to wrestle due to poor attendance; Only 30 people paid to watch. 1887 Jan 25 Pete McCoy Cleveland, Oh D 6 -Police intervened and stopped the fight in the sixth round Mar 18 Dick Collier Cleveland, Oh KO 1 Mar Jack Fogarty Pittsburgh, Pa SCH -This bout was scheduled but cancelled; Fogarty broke his hand prior to the contest; There are reports that Gallagher defeated Fogarty at a later date May 2 "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey Cleveland, Oh D 6 -Dempsey broke his left arm just below the elbow in the second round but finished the bout Jul 28 Charley Mitchell Cleveland, Oh L 6 -Gallagher retired after six rounds; Mitchell broke his own little finger; Some sources report 7/23/87 Sep -Gallagher went on a sparring tour with Mervine Thompson, O. E. Pooler, Mark Lamb and Al Woods through Ohio Nov 2 Dick Collier Cleveland, Oh EX 4 Nov 12 Matsada Sorakichi Cleveland, Oh EX -This was a wrestling exhibition; Gallagher won $50 by staying 15 minutes with no falls 1888 Feb 7 Sam Bittle Cleveland, Oh W 6 -Gallagher knocked Bittle down several times Mar 5 Mike Leary Buffalo, NY ND 4 Mar Martin Snee Cleveland, Oh EX -Some sources report "Stephan 'Reddy' Gallagher" boxed Martin Snee May 30 Pete Mannen Cleveland, Oh SCH -This bout was scheduled but cancelled; Gallagher's mother passed away Sep 28 Will Zachritz Cleveland, Oh LF 3 -Gallagher was winning when a foul was allowed; The match was awarded to Zachritz Dec 27 Jake Kilrain Cleveland, Oh EX Dec 27 Jake Kilrain Cleveland, Oh EX -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date; Gallagher twice substituted for Charley Mitchell; This was part of a "Parson" Davies tour with Kilrain and Mitchell 1889 May 8 George LaBlanche San Francisco, Ca SCH -This bout was scheduled but cancelled; Gallagher would not agree to the stipulated weight of 158 lbs May 9 Mike Lucie Troy, NY SCH -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known Jun 1 Martin Flynn Carlstadt, NJ ? -This bout was held; the outcome is not known Sep Billy McCarthy San Francisco, Ca SCH -This bout was scheduled but cancelled; Gallagher traveled from Cleveland, Oh and could not reach San Francisco in time 1890 May 29 Billy McCarthy San Francisco, Ca SCH -This bout was scheduled but cancelled; Gallagher contracted malaria; Bob Fitzsimmons was substituted Oct 18 Matsada Sorakichi Denver, Co W -This was a wrestling match for $3,000; Gallagher won in 15 minutes 45 seconds. 1891 Sep 23 Young Mitchell (John Herget) San Francisco, Ca L 13 -Some sources report a knock out because Gallagher was unable to continue after thirteen rounds; Others say Gallagher was out cold; Peter Jackson was the referee; The fight was for $5,000 with $750 to loser 1892 Nov -Gallagher became Captain of the Denver (Co) Athletic Club professional football team; He played right guard 1893 Jan 30 Jess Smith Denver, Co W 2 -Gallagher agreed to knock out Smith in two rounds; Smith and his backer, Bat Masterson, tried to avoid contact to win the prize money of $1,000; Fight was awarded to Gallagher by the referee; Some call it win by disqualification of Smith Jul 4 “Denver” Ed Smith Denver, Co W 4 -Smith agreed to knock out Gallagher in four rounds; Gallagher lasted and was awarded the match; Some call this a draw 1894 Oct 13 J. McCormick Denver, Co EX -This was a wrestling exhibition Oct 28 -Gallagher married and announced that he had promised his wife that he would not fight again 1895 Apr 5 Harry Dunn Denver, Co W -This was a wrestling match; Gallagher won the Graeco-Roman portion in under 5 minutes; In collar-and-elbow the match was called a draw after more than two hours 1896 Aug 5 Jim Corbett Denver, Co EX -Corbett was preparing for a match with Billy Woods at Cripple Creek, Co Sep 8 Joe Choynski Denver, Co EX *** The Following Bout Is Reported But Not Confirmed *** 1888 Mar 11 Jack Fogarty near Pittsburgh, Pa (on a barge) ? -Reportedly, this bout was held; The outcome is not known *** Most Data In This Record Was Provided By Mark T. Dunn ***

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