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Frank Moran
(Francis Charles Moran; the "Fighting Dentist")

BORN   March 18 1887; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
DIED December 18 1967; Culver City, California (Some sources report December 14 1967; Los Angeles, California)
WEIGHT 190-206 lbs
MANAGERS Dan McKetrick, John L. "Ike" Dorgan

Frank Moran Article by Robert Byrnes

Moran was was a sturdy man who possessed a hard right hand punch which he called "Mary Ann"; He fought twice for the Heavyweight Championship - against Jack Johnson and Jess Willard; Frank was a White Hope of the teens

He studied dentistry in college at the University of Pittsburgh, where he also played football; Afterwards, he played professional football for the Pittsburgh Lyceums; He enjoyed a career in motion pictures after retiring from the ring

During his career, Moran defeated such men as Fred Cooley, Black Fitzsimmons, Ed "Thunderbolt" Smith, George "Kid" Cotton, Tom Cowler, Fred Storbeck, Harry Wuest, Jim Cameron, Charles Horn, Al Palzer, "Bombardier" Billy Wells, Jim Coffey, "Denver" Jack Geyer, Paul Journee, Frank Goddard and Joe Beckett

Moran-Johnson 1914 Fight Video Clip

Moran-Willard 1916 Fight Video Clip

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       Fred Cooley                                                 KO  2
          -Moran knocked Cooley out while serving
           in the United States Navy
Aug 31 Fred Broad                 Greensburg, Pa                   LT  6
Sep 14 Joe Keally                 Pittsburgh, Pa                    D  4
Dec 14 Black Fitzsimmons          Youngstown, Oh                    L  6
          -Some sources report "ND 6"

Jan 26 Joe Keally                 Pittsburgh, Pa                   ND  4
          -Some sources report "W 4"
Feb 26 Black Fitzsimmons          Pittsburgh, Pa                   TK  6
          -Some sources report "KO 5"
Apr    Jack Johnson               Pittsburgh, Pa                   EX  4
Sep 23 John Wille                 Clarksburg, WV                    D  6

Jun 10 Ed "Thunderball" Smith     Pittsburgh, Pa                    W  6
       Joe Gierra                 Ysleta, Tx                        W  4
Jul  4 Frank Appell               El Paso, Tx                      KO  3
Nov 21 George "Kid" Cotton        Pittsburgh, Pa                   WF  1

Jan 10 Ken Salisbury              Boston, Ma                       KO  2
Jan 31 Jack Reynolds              New York, NY                     KO  4
Feb  2 Dummy Maxson               Brooklyn, NY                     ND 10
          -Some sources report 2/03/11
Feb 21 Jack Seiberg               New York, NY                     KO  3
Mar  9 Al Palzer                  Brooklyn, NY                     ND 10
Mar 13 Jim Savage                 New York, NY                     LT  7
          -Some sources report "ND 10"
Sep  2 Fred Drummond              London, Eng                      KO  3
Oct  9 Tom Cowler                 London, Eng                      KO  6
Dec 11 Charles Wilson             London, Eng                      KO  2

Jan  1 Fred Storbeck              London, Eng                      WF  7
Jan 24 Stoker Smith               Paris, Fr                        KO  1
          -Some sources report 1/27/12
Feb  5 Fred Storbeck              London, Eng                      KO 12
Mar 11 Al Kubiak                  Albany, NY                       ND 10
Mar 28 Tom Kennedy                Brooklyn, NY                     ND 10
May 20 Tony Ross                  Cleveland, Oh                     L 10
Jun  7 Harry Wuest                Columbus, Oh                      W 10
Jul  4 Dave Mills                 Juarez, Mex                      TK  8
          -Some sources report "Dave Willis"
Aug  9 "Denver" Jack Geyer        San Francisco, Ca                 L  4
Sep  6 Sailor Schaefer            Vallejo, Ca                      KO  3
Oct  4 Jim Cameron                San Francisco, Ca                 W  4
Oct 31 Charles Horn               San Francisco, Ca                 W  4
Dec 27 Ed "Gunboat" Smith         San Francisco, Ca                 L 20
          -Some sources report 12/28/12

Mar 29 Al McCluskey               New York, NY                     KO  5
Apr 16 "Sailor" Charles White     Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
          -Some sources report "W 6"
Apr 30 Luther McCarty             New York, NY                     ND 10
Jun 27 Tim Logan                  New Orleans, La                  KO  4
Sep  3 Al Palzer                  New York, NY                     KO  7

Jun 27 Jack Johnson               Paris, Fr                         L 20
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World

Jan 21 Bartley Madden             Toronto, Ont, Can                EX  4
Mar 29 "Bombardier" Billy Wells   London, Eng                      KO 10
Jun 26 Fred Drummond              Hythe, England                   EX  3
Jul 26 Gordon Sims                London, Eng                      KO  6
Oct 19 Jim Coffey                 New York, NY                     TK  3

Jan  7 Jim Coffey                 New York, NY                     KO  9
Mar 25 Jess Willard               New York, NY                     ND 10
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World   
Jun 29 Jack Dillon                Brooklyn, NY                     ND 10
Dec 18 Ed "Gunboat" Smith         Brooklyn, NY                     ND 10

Apr 13 Tom Cowler                 New York, NY                     KO  4
Jun  4 Carl Morris                New York, NY                     ND 10
Sep  7 Ed "Gunboat" Smith         New York, NY                     ND 10

Feb 15 Sergeant Jones             Greenville, SC                   KO  2
Feb 25 Fred Fulton                New Orleans, La                  LT  3

Jul  4 "Denver" Jack Geyer        London, Eng                      KO  1
Oct 30 "Denver" Jack Geyer        Pittsburgh, Pa                   KO  8
Nov  3 Bill McFadden              Cumberland, Md                   KO  2
Nov 20 "Captain" Bob Roper        Saginaw, Mi                       L 10
Nov 26 Homer Smith                Detroit, Mi                      LK  3
          -Some sources report "KO 3"
Dec 22 "Sergeant" Jack Burke      Newark, NJ                       KO  1

Jan 12 Fred Fulton                Newark, NJ                       ND  8
          -Some sources report 6/12/20
Apr  5 Tom Cowler                 London, Eng                       W 15
May  7 Paul Journee               London, Eng                      KO  2
May 21 Frank Goddard              London, Eng                      KO  2
Jul 26 "Wild" Burt Kenny          Newark, NJ                       ND 10
Dec 10 Joe Beckett                London, Eng                      KO  2
          -Some sources report 12/09/20
Jul 12 "Fighting" Bob Martin      Bronx, NY                        LK  7
Oct 28 "Captain" Bob Roper        Buffalo, NY                      LK  6
Nov  5 Billy Shade                Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known

Oct 12 Joe Beckett                London, Eng                      LT  7
Dec 30 Marcel Nilles              Paris, Fr                         L 15
          -Heavyweight Championship of France   

       -Moran retired from boxing and became an actor in Hollywood, Ca

*** Assistance Provided By Bob Speer ***

*** Article Provided By Robert Byrnes ***

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



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