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Dan McConnell

BORN   August 25 1873; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Southwark)
(Fought out of Camden, New Jersey)
HEIGHT 5-3 (Some sources report 5-4 1/2)
WEIGHT 115-135 lbs
MANAGER W.L. "Billy" McCarney

McConnell was a very talented fighter who beat or "bested" a considerable majority of his opponents; He never received due credit for his skills

During his career, he defeated such men as William "Matty" Matthews, Billy Payne, Stanton Abbott and Howard Wilson; He also "bested" a number of top men in "no decision" bouts and fought draws with many others

1889-1890
          -McConnell began boxing in 115-lb Amateur contests

Undated (Prior to 4/08/1895)
       Eddie Dougherty             Philadelphia, Pa                ND  4
       Eddie Owens                 Philadelphia, Pa                TK  2
          -Some sources report "W 2"
       Jack Golden                 Philadelphia, Pa                ND  3
       George Grossman             Philadelphia, Pa                ND  3
       Jim O'Brien                                                 ND  3
       Mike Boyle                                                  TK  2
          -Some sources report "W 2"
       Charles Berret              Philadelphia, Pa                ND  4
       Tommy Edwards               Philadelphia, Pa                ND   
       William "Billy" Duke        Baltimore, Md                    W  4
       Tommy Kennedy                                               TK  2
          -This bout was held in "private";
           Some sources report "W 2"
       Jack Greeley                                                TK 12
          -This bout was held in "private";
           Some sources report "W 12"
       Johnny Hagen                                                 D   
       Benny Peterson                                               D   
          -This bout possibly took place in Philadelphia on 4/29/1893
       Benny Peterson                                               D   
       Chappie Hess                                                 D  8
          -This bout was stopped

1892
Jun 28 Benny Peterson              Philadelphia, Pa                ND   
Aug 27 John Bradley                Philadelphia, Pa               SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Nov 26 Pat McHale                  Philadelphia, Pa                ND   
Dec 12 Edward Rogers               Philadelphia, Pa                TK  4
          -Rogers quit

1893
Jun 24 Pat McHale                  Philadelphia, Pa                ND   
Jul  1 Pat McHale                  Philadelphia, Pa                ND  4
Oct 24 Jim Bradley                 Philadelphia, Pa                ND    
Oct 31 Billy Welch                 Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6

1894
Feb 26 Mike Conley                 Camden, NJ                      ND  4
          -Some sources report "EX 4"
Apr 31 Dan Curley                  Philadelphia, Pa                ND   
Apr 18 Mike Coyle                  Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Jun  2 Stock                       Philadelphia, Pa                ND  4
Aug 28 Isadore Strauss             Camden, NJ                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held; McConnell was ill
Dec  3 Paddy McHale                Philadelphia, Pa                ND   
Dec 22 Leslie Pearce               Philadelphia, Pa               SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

1895
Jan  5 Leslie Pearce               Philadelphia, Pa                ND  3
          -Both men were knocked down during round three
Jan 28 Tom Moriarty                Philadelphia, Pa                 D  4
Feb  2 Tom Moriarty                Philadelphia, Pa                ND  4
Mar    -McConnell opened a saloon in Philadelphia, Pa
Mar  9 Andy Watson                 Philadelphia, Pa                ND  4
Mar 14 Billy Payne                 Philadelphia, Pa                ND  4
Mar 18 John O'Donnell              Manayunk, Pa                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Mar 18 Tommy Devlin                Philadelphia, Pa                 D  4
          -Some sources report "ND 4"
Mar 21 Leslie Pearce               Philadelphia, Pa               SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Mar 26 "Indian" Frank Wongo        Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Apr 27 Jimmy Fox                   Chester, Pa                     ND  4
Jun  6 Billy Payne                 Baltimore, Md                   TK  4
          -McConnell used the name of "Jack McBride"
Sep 23 William "Billy" Duke        Baltimore, Md                    D  8
Oct 29 Tommy Devlin                Philadelphia, Pa                 D  4
Nov 11 Billy Ernst                 Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
          -Some sources report 11/14/95;
           Some sources report "LK 6"; Some report "LT 6"
Dec 14 Billy Dougherty             Philadelphia, Pa                ND  4
Dec 23 Charles Johnson             Philadelphia, Pa                LF  4
          -Some sources report "LT 4"

1896
Jan  8 Charles Johnson             Philadelphia, Pa                ND  4
          -Some sources report "Joe Devlin";
           Some sources report "L 4"
Jan 28 Tom Moriarty                Holyoke, Ma                     LT  4
          -Some sources report 1/29/1896
Mar 14 Charles Wood                Philadelphia, Pa                ND  4
Apr  9 Al O'Brien                  Philadelphia, Pa                 D  6
May  7 Martin Judge                Philadelphia, Pa                 L  6
Jul  9 Charles "Bull" McCarthy     Philadelphia, Pa                 L  4
Sep 17 Joe Dougherty               Philadelphia, Pa                 L  6
Nov 26 Joe Elliott                 Philadelphia, Pa                 D  6

1897
Jan  2 Harris Montrey              Philadelphia, Pa                TK  1
Jan  9 Al O'Brien                  Philadelphia, Pa                ND  4
          -Some sources report "W 6"
Jan 11 Eugene Rowan                Philadelphia, Pa                ND  5
          -Some sources report "ND 6"; Some report "W 6"
Feb  6 Charles "Bull" McCarthy     Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Feb 15 "Philadelphia" Jack O'Brien Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Feb 16 Tommy Devlin                Lancaster, Pa                   ND  4
Feb 23 Reddy Connelly              Trenton, NJ                     ND 12
Feb 26 "Indian" Frank Wongo        Philadelphia, Pa                ND  4
Mar  8 Reddy Connelly              Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Mar  9 Stanton Abbott              Trenton, NJ                      W 10
          -Some sources report "W 12"
Apr 23 "Wilmington" Jack Daly      Philadelphia, Pa                ND  4
May  3 Jim Carey                   Philadelphia, Pa                TK  3
May 17 Martin Judge                Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
May 24 Charles Wood                Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Aug  7 Frank Majane                Atlantic City, NJ               ND  4
Sep  6 Howard Wilson               Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Sep 27 Young Smyrna                Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Oct  5 Al O'Brien                  Athens, Pa                      ND 10
Oct 18 Young Smyrna                Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Nov 13 Tommy Cleary                Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Nov 16 John O'Donnell              Lancaster, Pa                   ND  4
Dec  7 Martin Flaherty             New Haven, Ct                    L 15
          -Some sources report 12/09/97
Dec 13 Tommy Cleary                Athens, Pa                      ND 10

1898
Jan  8 Young Smyrna                Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Jan 29 Kid Murphy                  Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Jan 29 Barney Furey                Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
          -Some sources report this bout held 1/29/98 also
Jan 31 William "Matty" Matthews    Trenton, NJ                     LF  7
          -Some sources report "WF 7"
Feb 15 Billy Farren                Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Mar  7 John "Young" Mahoney        Athens, Pa                      LT 11 
          -Some sources report "ND 15"
Apr 11 Reddy Connolly              Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
          -Some sources report "Frank Young"

1899
Feb 18 George "Young" Franklin     Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Feb 22 Howard Wilson               Wilmington, De                   W  6
Feb 25 George "Young" Franklin     Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Feb 28 Charles Wood                Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Mar 11 Frank Young                 Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Mar 25 Fred Stricker               Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Apr  7 George "Young" Franklin     Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Apr 22 Howard Wilson               Philadelphia, Pa                ND  4
Apr 25 Howard Wilson               Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
          -Some sources reported Wilson fought "Dan O'Connell"
Jun 19 Jack Donahue                Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Jun 26 Tommy Cleary                Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Jul  7 Dan Danvers                 Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
          -Some sources report 7/08/1899
Aug 18 Tim Donahue                 Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Aug 25 Billy Farren                Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Sep 15 George Richardson           Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Sep 25 Isadore Strauss             Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Sep 26 Charles Hitte               Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Sep 29 Dan Danvers                 Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Sep 30 Tommy Cleary                Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Oct 13 Isadore Strauss             Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Oct 20 Jack Dougherty              Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Oct 23 Charles Dowling             Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Oct 30 Nelson Hall                 Philadelphia, Pa               SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Nov 13 William "Spike" Sullivan    Trenton, NJ                     LT  5
Nov 27 John "Jack" Blackson        Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Dec  1 Charles Hitte               Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Dec 13 Jack Blackson               Philadelphia, Pa               SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Dec 18 Dan Danvers                 Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6

1900
Jan 15 Martin Judge                Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Jan 29 Billy Farren                Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Feb  5 Charles Norton              Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Mar  5 Bobby Thompson              Philadelphia, Pa               SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Mar 24 Charles Norton              Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
          -Some sources report "L 6"
Apr  9 William "Matty" Matthews    Niles, Oh                       LK  3
          -Some sources report "Youngstown, Oh"
May 11 Billy Farren                Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
May 19 Kid Krause                  Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
May 22 Jack Ryan                   Brooklyn, NY                    LT  9
          -Some sources report "LT 10"
Jun 18 Eddie Kennedy               Millvale, Pa                    LK  5
Jun 25 Tommy Cleary                Philadelphia, Pa                LT  5
          -Some sources report "LK 3"
Oct 27 Bobby Thompson              Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6

1901
Feb 16 Bobby Thompson              Toronto, Ont, Canada             D 20
Mar 11 Bobby Thompson              Hamilton, Ont, Canada            D 20
          -Some sources report "Toronto, Ont, Canada" on 3/12/1901
Jun 20 Steve Judge                 Ashland, Pa                     ND 10
          -Some sources report 6/19/1901
Oct  4 Joe Gans                    Baltimore, Md                   LK  3

1902
Feb 24 Joe Grim                    Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
          -Some sources report 2/23/1902
Apr  9 Bobby Thompson              Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Sep 29 Joe Hanrahan                Lancaster, Pa                   ND  6
          -Some sources report 9/30/1902
Oct 23 Isadore Strauss             Lancaster, Pa                   LT  4

1903
Mar  2 Jim Heyward                 Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Apr  6 Jim Heyward                 Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6

          -McConnell retired from boxing (only to return later)

1904
Sep 16 Frank Haines                Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6

1906
Mar 22 John Murray                 Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Mar 29 Neil Shanshaw               Philadelphia, Pa                LK  1

          -McConnell retired again from boxing and worked
           as a boxing trainer in Philadelphia, Pa

1909
Apr  8 John Moseley                Philadlephia, Pa                KO  5
May 20 Willie Davis                Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6
Jun  3 Willie Davis                Philadelphia, Pa                ND  6

*** Much Data Was Provided By William Schutte and Luckett Davis ***

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