It's been a struggle, a tussle, a grapple and a rumble, but with some punching, sparring, scratching and a little bit of biting, our Tom Sharkey book I FOUGHT THEM ALL is at last on the shelves!
Here's some info. Hope you enjoy it (there's info on how to buy it at the bottom)
Greg Lewis & Moira Sharkey
PS Thanks to Tracy Callis and all the members of CBZ who helped us through.
For fans of boxing, the Irish experience in America and those with an interest in the New York of the 1890s and 1900s, “I FOUGHT THEM ALL” is a must-have book.
It features an incredible array of colourful characters. Gentleman Jim Corbett, John L Sullivan, Jim Jeffries, Bob Fitzsimmons, Joe Choynski, “Spider” Kelly, Tim McGrath, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, “Honest” John Kelly, “Kid” McCoy and Senator Tim Sullivan.
It’s the story of fighters, trainers, promoters, gamblers and police officers, of winning a fortune in the ring and losing it outside, and of friendships forged by knuckle and glove.
This is a high-quality hardback book with 336 pages of text and 23 photographs.
BRAND NEW. JUST PUBLISHED.
AND SIGNED BY THE AUTHORS.
"Hugely entertaining and exquisitely researched, I Fought Them All shines a penetrating and long-overdue spotlight on one of the most fascinating figures in boxing history. Revelations about Sharkey’s private life are eye-popping, and the book is especially thorough in covering the Earp controversy. ‘Sailor’ Tom himself would growl his approval, and his massive chest would swell even larger. It’s a great contribution to ring history.”
Pete Ehrmann, boxing writer, contributor to The Ring
“I Fought Them All is an excellent read. It’s well-researched and is good news for boxing fans everywhere. ‘Sailor’ Tom Sharkey was an aggressive, relentless and powerful heavyweight who ranks among the greatest who ever entered the ring. He was an earlier version of the splendid fighter, Rocky Marciano. Tom had the misfortune of fighting when boxing legends Jim Jeffries and Bob Fitzsimmons were at their best. Had he fought at any other time in history, he very likely would have been heavyweight champion of the world.”
Tracy Callis, boxing historian
I FOUGHT THEM ALL The Life and Ring Battles of Prize-fighting Legend Tom Sharkey
In the 1890s the fight game was changing.
The prize-fighters and bare-knuckle brawlers were disappearing as the new “scientific” boxers emerged to fight under the Marquis of Queensberry rules.
Irishman Tom Sharkey was the never-say-die fighter who bridged the gap between old and new.
Within a short time of arriving in America he took on all the top boxers of his day: his hero John L Sullivan, Gentleman Jim Corbett, Bob Fitzsimmons and the man who would become not only his greatest foe but his best friend, Jim Jeffries.
Their 25-round world title fight at Coney Island was one of the most gruelling and compelling encounters ever seen inside a ring.
I Fought Them All prints the fact and the legend, and is chocked full of the rich characters who dominated the sport and politics of the period, from Wild West gunman Wyatt Earp to Tim “Dry Dollar” Sullivan of New York’s Tammany Hall.
It is the story of an Irish immigrant, a sporting celebrity who won and lost a fortune, and of a man described by the New York Times as a “ring immortal”.
INDEX OF PEOPLE AND PLACES
George Allen; Armory Hall, Vallejo; Bob Armstrong; Asbury Park, New Jersey;
Australia; Australia (steam ship);
Henry “Slaughterhouse” Baker; Baltimore, Maryland; Bangor; Jim Barrington; Harry Beecher; Belfast; George Bellows; James Braddock; Bill Brady; Broadway; Broadway Athletic Club; Brooklyn; Brooklyn Navy Yard; Alex Brown (referee); Charles “Sailor” Brown; Nick Burley; Tommy Burns; Chuck Burroughs; Bush Street Theatre, San Francisco;
Cape Horn; Frank Carr; Patrick Joseph Carroll (Joseph James Sharkey); Carson City; M Casey; Jack Cattanach; John J Cavanagh; Chicago; Frank “The Crafty Texan” Childs; Joe Choynski; Claremont Villa; John S Clark; Cleveland, Ohio; Lord Talbot Clifton; Cohen’s Hotel; Colorado Athletic Association; Jimmy Colville; Coney Island; Buck Connolly; Eddie Connolly; “Stockings” Conroy; George Considine; James Corbett; Marguerite Corneille; Joe Craig; Dan Creedon; Cripple Creek; Frank Cullen (referee);
Dan Daniel; Parson Davies; Billy Delaney; Jack “Manassa Mauler” Dempsey; Jack “Nonpareil” Dempsey; Denver; Derry; Detroit; Chief of Police Devery; George Dixon; Dublin; Dundalk; Dundalk Museum; Ed Dunkhorst; Jim Dunn; Wyatt Earp;
Johnny Eckhardt; King Edward VII; “Mexican” Pete Everett;
Jack Finnegan; Sam Fitzpatrick; Bob Fitzsimmons; Rose Fitzsimmons; Nat Fleischer; Ted Foley; Fort Dearborn Athletic Club, Chicago; Richard K Fox;
Joe Gans; Jack Gardner; Jim Gibbs; Joe Goddard; James Gosling; Grand Central Palace, New York; Ed Graney; George Gray; Greater New York Athletic Club;
Great Northern Railway, Ireland; George Green; Alec Greggains; Jim Groom; Jim Guilder; Moses Gunst;
Jem Hall; Jim Hall; Fred Hallen; Billy Harrison; Hartford, Connecticut;
Hugh S Hart; Marvin Hart; Charley Harvey; Jim Harvey; John C Heenan;
Al Herford; Paul Herman; Jake Holtman; Honolulu; Horton Law; Hotel Bartholdi, New York;
Hotel Warwick, Broadway; Ice Palace, Manhattan; Industrial Hall, Philadelphia;
Peter Jackson; Tom James; Jim Jeffords; Jim Jeffries; Tom Jenkins; Louis Jester;
Jimmy Wakeley’s Saloon, New York ; Jack Johnson; Billy Jordan; Martin Julian;
“Honest” John Kelly; Margaret Kelly (Tom Sharkey’s mother); “Spider” Kelly;
Yank Kenny; Jake Kilrain; Alva King; Knickerbocker Athletic Club, San Francisco;
Jack Langley; Tom Lansing; George “Kid” Lavigne; Vic Lazay;
Lenox Club (Manhattan); Warren Lewis; Lexington Avenue, Manhattan;
London; London Prize Rules; Joe Louis; Louisville, Kentucky;
Pete Lowry; Lucky Baldwin’s Hotel, San Francisco;
Danny Lynch; Tom Lynch;
Jem “Gypsy” Mace; Billy Madden; Madison Avenue; Madison Square Garden; Peter Maher; Manhattan; Florence Manzoni; Rocky Marciano; Jack Marks; Marquis of Queensberry Rules; Martin Hotel, Broadway ; Bat Masterson; Jack McAuley;
Dan “White Hat” McCarty ; Sammy McConnell;
Frank McCormick; Jim McCormick; PatMcCourt; Kid McCoy; George McFadden; Terry McGovern; Tim McGrath; Katherine McIntosh; John Y McKane; Tom McKittorick; Victor McLaglen; Con McVey;
Mechanic’s Pavilion, San Francisco; Colonel Harvey L “Heinie” Miller;
Jerry Miller; John “The Terrible Swede” Miller; Charley Mitchell;
Jack Monroe; Martin Mulverhill;
Carrie Nation; National Athletic Club, San Francisco; National Sporting Club, London; Fred Nealon; Danny Needham; Nevada; New Orleans; Newry; New York City;
Dick O’Brien; “Philadelphia” Jack O’Brien; Steve O’Donnell; Olympic (ship); Reddy O’Neill; Tom O’Rourke;
Palace Athletic Club, New York; Leo Pardello; George T Pardy; Tom Parks; TV Parks; People’s Palace, San Francisco; Philadelphia; Philadelphia American League Club; J Pickett; Bill Poole;
“Scaldy” Bill Quinn; John Quinn;
Raines Hotel Law (New York); Barney Reich; Billy Rocap; Billy Roche; Ernest Roeber; Jack Root; Gus Ruhlin; Fred Russell; Paddy Ryan; Tommy Ryan;
Sagamore Hotel, Coney Island; Salt Lake City; San Francisco;
Jim Scanlon; Pat Scully; Seaside Sporting Club;
Elizabeth Sharkey (Tom’s sister); James Sharkey (Tom’s father); James Sharkey (Tom’s brother); John Sharkey (Tom’s brother); Mary Sharkey (Tom’s sister);
Owen Sharkey (Tom’s brother); Patrick Sharkey (Tom’s brother); Richard Sharkey (Tom’s brother) ; Rose Sharkey (Tom’s sister);
Sharkey’s Bar; Sheepshead Bay; George Siler; Sing, Sing; Frank Slavin;
“Australian” Billy Smith; “Denver” Ed Smith; St Louis; Dan Stuart; Dave Sullivan;
Jeremiah “Yank” Sullivan; John L Sullivan; Senator Tim Sullivan; William “Spike” Sullivan; Eddie Sweeney;
Tammany Hall; Tanforan racetrack; Bill Tate; Tattersall’s, Chicago; Tenderloin; “Rough” Thompson; Jeff Thorne; Fred Tuttle; Jennie Tuttle; Mike Tyson;
US Navy; USS Drum; USS Independence; USS Philadelphia; USS Saginaw;
Vallejo ; Van Buren’s Hotel; DeWitt Van Court; Vanderbilt Hotel; Punch Vaughn; Vermont (ship);
Joe Walcott; Jack Walsh; Warrenpoint; George Washington (boxer); West Baden Springs; Westchester; West Point; Charley White; Johnny White (referee); Tommy White; Police Captain Charles W Whitman; Jess Willard; Jim Williams (Salt Lake City); Woodward’s Pavilion, San Francisco;
Yosemite Athletic Club, San Francisco
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