Frank Herald
(the "Nicetown Slasher")

BORN   September 13 1862; Nicetown, Pennsylvania  (Some sources report July 13 1862; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
HEIGHT 5-10 1/2
WEIGHT 170-185 lbs
MANAGER Ed Mallahan

Herald was a strong hitter but was not overly agile; Many observers during the mid-1880s felt that Herald was a harder hitter than John L. Sullivan

During his career, Herald defeated such men as Mike Conley, James "Sparrow" Golden, Bill Gabig and Bill Bradburn

Aug    James "Sparrow" Golden     Philadelphia, Pa                 KO 22
          -Police interveved;
           Some sources report "W 12"

       Jack Madden                Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  2
       Billy Kelly                Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  3
       Jack Smith                                                  KO  2

Apr 22 Denny Kelliher             Philadelphia, Pa                 LK  1
          -At fight time, Kelliher refused to fight; After
           about 45 minutes he agrred; Herald was mad and
           excited; When the bout started, Herald rushed at
           Kelliher and knocked him down; When Kelliher got
           up, Herald pursued him, swinging wildly; In a
           scuffle, Herald was thrown against a wall, striking
           his head; He fell to the floor and Kelliher pounded
           him flat to win

       Denny Kelliher                                             SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but fell through

Feb  3 Bill Gabig                 Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  3
          -This was a "Private" fight;
           Some sources report "KO 2";
           Some sources report 2/05/85
Jul 18 Dennis Doyle               Shenandoah, Pa                   KO  1
       James "Sparrow" Golden                                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
           Police intervened

Feb    Jack Burke                 Philadelphia, Pa                 EX   
May 21 Jim Cannon                 near Carbondale, Pa              KO  1
May    -Herald challenged Charlie Mitchell, Paddy Ryan, and Jack Burke
           to a match; There were no takers
Jun 21 Mike Conley                New York, NY                     KO  1
          -Some sources report 1883
       Bill Bradburn                                                W   
          -This fight took place prior to Jul 1886
Jul 17 an unnamed opponent        Greenville, NJ                  SCH   
Jul 17 an unnamed opponent        Greenville, NJ                  SCH   
Jul 17 Mike Donovan               Greenville, NJ                  SCH   
          -The previous 3 bouts were scheduled but postponed;
           This was a benefit for Herald but he was ill with cold
Jul 18 Con Tobin                  Troy, NY                        SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held; Tobin backed out of fight;
           Some sources report 7/08/86
Jul    Elisha Hopkins             Mahonoy City, Pa                 KO  1
          -This was a private fight
       John Donaldson             Minneapolis, Mn                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Aug 14 Jack Glynn                 New Dorp, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but postponed;
           Herald signed to fight John L. Sullivan 
           and did not want to risk injury to hands, etc.
Aug 28 John L. Sullivan           Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
           Authorities prevented the bout
Sep 18 John L. Sullivan           Allegheny City, Pa               LT  2
          -Police intervened; Some sources report "LT 1"
Sep    Bill Bradburn              Allegheny City, Pa              SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Oct  7 Joe Lannon                 Boston, Ma                       LK  6
Oct 18 -Herald challenged any man in America, especially John L. Sullivan, 
           Jake Kilrain, Jack Ashton, Pat Killen and Dominick McCaffrey
Oct 26 Joe Denning                Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Nov  8 Jake Kilrain               Herring Run, Md                  LT  1
          -Herring Run was 3 miles east of Baltimore;   
           Some sources report "W 1"; Police intervened
Nov    -Herald failed to meet all-comers as scheduled in Philadelphia;
           He was ill with cold
Nov 22 Mike Boden                 Philadelphia, Pa                  D  4
Dec    William Stoneman           El Paso, Tx                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

Apr 19 Dominick McCaffrey         Washington, DC                   EX  3

Mar  9 Joe Godfrey                New York, NY                     KO  3

Mar  2 Jim Hall                   Philadelphia, Pa                 EX  3
          -Some sources report "ND 3"

*** The Following Bout Is Reported But Not Confirmed ***

       Frank "Clipper" Donohue                                      KO  2

*** Much Data Was Provided By William Schutte ***

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