Schedule News Current Champs WAIL! Encyclopedia Links Store Home
The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia -- Title Contender

Eddie Cool
(the "Pride of Tacony")

BORN February 16 1912; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
WEIGHT 122-143 1/2 lbs
MANAGERS Joe Bradley, Sam Weinberg


By Chuck Hasson

It has long been the perception that the typical Philadelphia fighter is a fearless, all action warrior who must be carried out on his shield before he will concede defeat. Indeed, Philly has had more than its share of this type of battler. But, generally overlooked is the fact that the city ha produced legions of highly skilled craftsmen, experts in the art of boxing.

Tommy Loughran, Philadelphia Jack O’Brien, Midget Wolgast, Harold Johnson, Jeff Chandler, and Joey Giardello all won world titles due largely to their boxing technique. Of course, other top Philly men like Tyrone Everett, Johnny Hutchinson, Georgie Benton, Boogaloo Watts, Wesley Mouzon, Jimmy Young, Dick Welsh, Willie Monroe, Tyrone Crawley and many others were known primarily for their boxing skills. But, perhaps the best of them all was a cocky, undisciplined Irishman from the Tacony section of Northeast Philadelphia named Eddie Cool.

During the height of his career, Eddie was a drunk – not an alcoholic, but a "passed out in the gutter" drunk, which he freely admitted. His escapades were legendary and he totally exasperated three of Philadelphia’s all-time greatest trainers – Jimmy Coster, Jack Brady, and Jimmy Wilson, each of whom took turns trying to keep Eddie in harness and take advantage of his superlative talent.

Cool was born on February 16, 1912 and the sudden death of his father at age 15 forced him to become the sole support of his mother. Eddie, who loved to fight, figured boxing was the best (and only) way for him to succeed. After a short amateur career, he turned pro on Thanksgiving Day 1928, winning a four rounder from Mike Palmer at the Cambria where he would build a rabid following. Managed by a neighborhood iceman named Joe Bradley, Cool was virtually self-taught in the nuances of the fight game by facing unusually stiff competition at the beginning of his career. Suffering eight losses and three draws in his first 34 matches, Eddie learned his trade the hard way. He developed a swift counter-punching style that when properly trained was beautiful to watch.

By 1932, Eddie had become a constant winner. But, it was his victory over flashy Jackie Willis, the pride of the 20th and Federal, that really made people sit up and take notice. Eddie snapped Willis’ 32 bout unbeaten streak with a magnificent display of precision punching on April 22, 1932 at the Cambria, winning 9 out of 10 rounds.

Two upset victories over long time lightweight contender Lew Massey in November and December at the Arena put Eddie in the ratings. His second win over the downtowner was particularly impressive as he picked himself up off the floor being badly hurt in the second round to stage a spectacular rally to nip Lew at the wire.

Philadelphia, at this time, was a lightweight hotbed that included Cool, Massey, Willis, Tony Falco, Johnny Jadick, Tony Morgano, Georgie Gibbs, Young Firpo, and the top dog, Benny Bass, that provided the city’s boxing fans with an exciting local round-robin of cross-town rivalries and neighborhood feuds, as all of the above faced each other in hectic matches. When the smoke cleared, Cool and Bass had licked all the others and become their own chief rivals.

On September 9, 1933, Cool scored a brilliant victory over Frankie Klick after ten torrid rounds at the Arena and issued challenges to Junior Lightweight Champion Kid Chocolate, who had dethroned Bass in July of 1931, and Barney Ross, recent winner of the lightweight crown from Tony Canzoneri. The Klick match was promoted by Morris Fried and Rudy Fishman, rivals of the top Philly promoters Herman Taylor and Bobby Gunnis, who now offered Cool the big money shot with Benny Bass on December 28, 1933 at Convention Hall. Fried and Fishman had tried to match Cool against Chocolate and after being outmaneuvered by Taylor-Gunnis, they countered by persuading "the Keed" to defend against Klick at the Arena on December 26. Klick scored a sensational seventh round upset knockout to win the championship.

Meanwhile, on the 28th, Cool seemed in awe of the legendary Bass and gave him a little too much respect in front of 8,500 fans who braved a monstrous snowstorm to witness a fast paced action match. Disappointed by losing both the Bass bout and the title shot, Eddie reportedly went on a long binge.

Now under the management of Sam Weinberg, after Cool replaced Joe Bradley whom he considered "too strict", Eddie would look great some nights and unmotivated on other nights and it was no secret that his conditioning and life style left much to be desired.

Matinee idol, handsome, and impeccably dressed, Eddie was hotly pursued by the young ladies and liked to step out on the town but after marrying in the summer of 1934, he seemed for a while to re-dedicate himself to boxing and wowed them at Madison Square Garden with a couple of outstanding performances, beating Al Roth and Teddy Loder. The New York press wrote "Cool was a brilliant boxer who landed with the precision of a fencer, stabbing and jabbing his opponent at will" after the Roth bout.

Cool was to prove a disappointment in his next New York appearance losing to Sammy Fuller with a lackluster performance. And it was about this time that reports of Cool sitting on the curb passing the bottle with the neighborhood rummies and passing out in the gutter, dead drunk in his cashmere topcoat, persisted.

Often, when questioned by boxing people and fans alike about the possible effects upon the success of his career by alcohol [abuse], Cool answered with a nonchalant but tragic retort, "My father died a drunk at a young age and I guess I will die the same way."

He still managed to remain highly ranked in spite of it all. Although he would drop a decision here and there, usually on the road, he was still able to score big victories over such top fighters as Benny Bass, Harry Dublinsky, Fritzie Zivic, Red Cochrane, Chino Alvarez and, in his greatest performance, outpoint Lightweight Champion Lou Ambers on October 28, 1936 at the Arena. Ambers in his previous match six weeks earlier had taken the crown from Tony Canzoneri. This victory catapulted Cool to the number one contender in his division where he remained for over a year hoping in vain for a shot at Ambers with the title on the line. But, Al Weill (Ambers’ manager) considered Eddie too much of a risk with too little financial inducement to even consider.

Eddie’s lifestyle would shortly catch up with him and he was totally washed-up by age 27. He crowded 140 pro fights into his career of which he lost 28, scoring only 15 knockouts, depending upon his boxing ability to thwart his opposition.

When discussing Cool with those who saw him perform, their descriptions of him could best be described as "shoulda, woulda, coulda." Willie O’Neill, former trainer of Jeff Chandler, said Cool was "when in shape, the second greatest boxer ever to come out of Philly" (rating Midget Wolgast as the best).

The late Dan Cavanaugh (who saw almost every fight card in Philly from 1917 to the early 1970s), a great admirer of Tommy Loughran, said of Cool "when he was right, he was the best Philadelphia boxer of them all." And, long-time trainer Sam Solomon said "Eddie was a wonderful boxer who coulda been champ."

Nov 29 Mike Palmer                Philadelphia, Pa                  W  4
Dec  3 Kid Bates                  Atlantic City, NJ                KO  1
Dec 25 Marty Casper               Atlantic City, NJ                KO  1

Jan 14 Mike Palmer                Atlantic City, NJ                 W  4
Feb  8 Joe Capelli                Philadelphia, Pa                  W  6
Mar  4 Bill Squires               Atlantic City, NJ                KO  2
Mar  8 Jimmy Stewart              Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  2
Apr  1 Lou Tecco                  Atlantic City, NJ                KO  4
Apr 22 Tony Falco                 Atlantic City, NJ                 W  6
May  6 Tony Falco                 Atlantic City, NJ                 W  8
May 23 Eddie Law                  Elam, Pa                          W  6
Jun 20 Benny Britt                Philadelphia, Pa                  W  6
Jun 24 Dick Welsh                 Atlantic City, NJ                 L  8
Aug  8 Bobby Dechter              Philadelphia, Pa                  D  6
Aug 22 Bobby Dechter              Atlantic City, NJ                 W  8
Sep 13 Al Giraldi                 Philadelphia, Pa                  L  6
Oct  2 Bobby Dechter              Atlantic City, NJ                 W  8
Oct 11 Bobby Weir                 Philadelphia, Pa                  W  8
Oct 14 Bobby Dechter              Atlantic City, NJ                 L  8
Oct 18 Joe O'Donnell              Camden, NJ                        D  8
Nov 28 Jack Daley                 Philadelphia, Pa                  L  8

Jan 20 "Young" Patsy Wallace      Atlantic City, NJ                 D  8
Feb 14 Lew Lafferty               Philadelphia, Pa                  L  8
Feb 22 Lew Jackson                Millville, NJ                     W  8
Mar  7 Tom McGoneghy              Philadelphia, Pa                  W  8
Mar 10 Tiger Taylor               Atlantic City, NJ                 W  8
Mar 24 Luigi Quadrini             Philadelphia, Pa                 LK  1
Apr 25 Tony Morgano               Norristown, Pa                    L  6
May 16 Johnny Lucas               Camden, NJ                        D  8
Jun 20 Nick DiMotto               Egg Harbor, NJ                    W  8
Jul 14 Tiger Taylor               Atlantic City, NJ                 W  8
Aug 18 George Kelly               Philadelphia, Pa                  W  6
Sep  8 Joe Leone                  Philadelphia, Pa                  W  6
Oct 10 Johnny Lucas               Camden, NJ                        W  8
Oct 20 Phil Zwick                 Philadelphia, Pa                 LK  3
Dec 12 Jack Branton               Philadelphia, Pa                  W  6

Jan  9 Teddy Edwards              Philadelphia, Pa                  W  6
Jan 23 George Kelly               Philadelphia, Pa                  W  6
Feb  6 Teddy Edwards              Philadelphia, Pa                  W  6
Feb 27 Ad Elton                   Philadelphia, Pa                  L  8
Mar 13 Ad Elton                   Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10
Mar 20 Johnny Lucas               Millville, NJ                     W  8
Mar 28 Lew Lafferty               Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10
Apr 10 Mike Marshall              Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  8
Apr 17 Lew Lafferty               Wilmington, De                    W  6
Apr 24 Mickey Michaels            Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10
May  1 Joe Scalfero               Wilmington, De                    W  8
May 21 Mickey Michaels            Wilmington, De                    W  8
Jul 13 Sid Lampe                  Wilmington, De                    L  6
Nov 13 Steve Smith                Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10
Nov 30 Patsy Wallace              Atlantic City, NJ                 W  8
Dec  3 Al Rowe                    Philadelphia, Pa                  W  8
Dec 14 Al Rowe                    Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10
Dec 21 Mickey Blair               Atlantic City, NJ                 W  8
Dec 25 Wesley Ramey               Philadelphia, Pa                  D 10

Jan 18 Buster Brown               Philadelphia, Pa                  W  6
Feb  5 Buster Brown               Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10
Feb  8 Sammy Dorfman              Philadelphia, Pa                  D 10
Mar  4 Mike Marshall              Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10
Apr  8 Bobby Burns                Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  5
Apr 22 Jackie Willis              Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10
May  6 Sid Lampe                  Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10
May 25 Tony Caragliano            Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  5
Jul 18 Joey Costa                 Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10
Aug  8 Jack Portney               Atlantic City, NJ                 L 10
Sep 12 Joey Costa                 Philadelphia, Pa                  W  8
Nov  4 Pete Nebo                  Philadelphia, Pa                  D 10
Nov 28 Lew Massey                 Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10
Dec 26 Lew Massey                 Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10

Jan 30 Harry Dublinsky            Philadelphia, Pa                  L 10
Feb 20 Harry Dublinsky            Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10
Apr  3 Johnny Jadick              Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10
Apr 25 Joey Costa                 Philadelphia, Pa                  W  8
Sep  8 Frankie Klick              Baltimore, Md                     L 10
Oct  6 Buster Brown               Wilmington, De                    W  8
Oct 10 Harry Dublinsky            Detroit, Mi                       W 10
Nov  3 "Young" Joe Firpo          Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10
Nov 27 Frankie Klick              Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10
Dec 27 Benny Bass                 Philadelphia, Pa                  L 10

Feb  9 Phil Rafferty              Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10 
Apr  2 Cleto Locatelli            Philadelphia, Pa                  L 10 
Jun 20 Johnny Jadick              Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10 
Sep  9 Pete Nebo                  Philadelphia, Pa                  W  8 
Sep 19 Buster Brown               Leiperville, Pa                   W 10 
Oct 26 Eddie Ran                  Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  6 
Nov  2 Al Roth                    New York, NY                      W 10 
Nov 23 Teddy Loder                New York, NY                      W 10 
Dec 14 Sammy Fuller               New York, NY                      L 10 

Jan 18 Mickey Serrian             Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10
Feb 18 Benny Bass                 Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10
Mar 14 Joe Ghnouly                Kansas City, Mo                   L 10
Apr 26 Georgie Gibbs              Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10
Jun 24 Cleto Locatelli            Philadelphia, Pa                  L 10
Aug 23 Charley Gomer              Atlantic City, NJ                 L 10
Sep 19 Tony Morgano               Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10
Sep 27 Johnny Jadick              Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10
Sep 30 Joey Ferrando              Holyoke, Ma                       L 10
Oct 18 Charley Gomer              Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10
Nov  5 Al Casamini                New York, NY                      W 10
Nov  8 Maxie Strub                Erie, Pa                          L 10
Nov 29 Gene Salvatore             Chicago, Il                       D  8
Dec 13 Tony Falco                 Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10

Jan 13 Fritzie Zivic              Pittsburgh, Pa                    W 10 
Jan 28 Wesley Ramey               Brooklyn, NY                      L 10 
Feb 17 Howard Scott               Washington, DC                    W 10 
Mar  2 Eddie Dolan                Wilkes-Barre, Pa                  W 10 
Mar 20 Johnny Craven              Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10 
Apr 17 Chino Alvarez              Tampa, Fl                         L 10 
Jun 16 Chino Alvarez              Tampa, Fl                         D 10 
Oct 28 Lou Ambers                 Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10 

Jan 27 Patsy Mattia               Allentown, Pa                    KO  4
Feb 19 Freddie "Red" Cochrane     Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10
Mar  1 Johnny Toomey              Camden, NJ                        W 10
Jun  2 Al Casamini                Long Island, NY                   D 10
Jul 12 Al Casamini                Philadelphia, Pa                  D 10
Jul 21 Pete Galiano               New York, NY                      W 10
Aug    Chino Alvarez              Philadelphia, Pa                 KO 10
Oct 14 Luis Angel Rodriguez       Tampa, Fl                        KO  6
Oct 25 Felix Garcia               White Plains, NY                  W  8
Nov  5 Freddy Foran               Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10
Nov  9 Johnny Bellus              New York, NY                      D  8
Dec 10 Johnny Turco               Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  1

Mar  7 Tommy Cross                Philadelphia, Pa                  L 10
Aug 25 Tommy Cross                Philadelphia, Pa                  D 10

Mar 31 Gene Galotto               Philadelphia, Pa                  W 10
Apr 24 Young Chappie              Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  5
May  8 Pete Galiano               Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  7
May 23 Leonard Del Genio          Philadelphia, Pa                 LK  7
Jun 27 Mike Evans                 Philadelphia, Pa                  L 10
Aug 29 "California" Jackie Wilson Los Angeles, Ca                  LK  4
Oct 18 Jimmy Tygh                 Philadelphia, Pa                 LK  4

Record courtesy of Chuck Hasson, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization



Current Champions

Boxing Journal




[Return to Top]