(ED. NOTE -- The BAWLI Papers herewith begin a new chapter in boxing history research. The record of John Linwood Fox, aka "Tiger Jack" Fox, as represented in the 1960 edition of Nat Fleischer's Ring Record Book, is printed below. It is a notable record, although Fox never quite made it to the pinnacle of his profession by winning a championship. He was a man often denied opportunities commensurate with his ring skills. But there are oldtimers who will attest, having seen Fox even in his 40s, that the wily old Indiana veteran would have toyed with most moderns of his weight class. The circumstances surrounding, and leading up to the Melio Bettina fight in New York, will be explored in future editions of the BAWLI Papers. And it is hoped that readers, in a joint effort, might uncover various articles about Fox's fights and career that can be published as well. The bare record, after all, is not much more than that -- a bare record. To flesh out the life and times of Jack Fox, and to flesh out the history of boxing's luminaries is, after all, the stated goal of BAWLI. It is hoped that, as time goes along, the careers of other notables -- George Godfrey and Charley Burley are a couple of very good ones who never reached the title rung of the ladder and who come quickly to mind -- will be better defined in this manner. For starters, though, here is the "official" ring record of the man who gained considerable acclaim fighting as Tiger Jack Fox. Included, as preface to the bare statistics, are some comments from the editor.) John Linwood Fox (TIGER JACK FOX) Born, Apr. 2, 1907 Indianapolis, Ind. Weight, 180 lbs. Height, 5 ft. 11 1/2 inches. Boxed as an amateur and semi-pro fighter for seven years -- he may have had as many as 150 of these fights -- before starting as a pro in 1932 (ED. NOTE--In other words, he had considerable experience before taking on tough old cobs like Sekyra, Roper, Christner, Rosenbloom and George Godfrey within a year of "turning pro." There is a not inconsiderable school of thought that Godfrey, the protege of Jack Johnson, was the best heavyweight in the world before Joe Louis came along.) (RECORD AS SHOWN BELOW: 147 fights, 120 victories, 81 by knockout, 18 losses 6 by knockout, 6 draws, 3 no contest) 1932 Jan. 12 -- George Dixon, Terre Haute KO3 Feb. 12 -- Jim Carr, Terre Haute KO1 May 2 -- Buck Everett, Terre Haute KO1 June 2 -- Tommy Gibson, Indianapolis KO9 June 22 -- Jack Redman, Terre Haute KO1 July 6 -- Joe Sekyra, Indianapolis W10 July 25 -- Battling Bozo, Terre Haute D10 Aug. 2 -- Jack Roper, Terre Haute KO6 Aug. 6 -- Larry Johnson, Indianapolis KO10 Aug. 21 -- Prettite Ferrarer, Indianapolis KO10 Sept. 7 -- Rosy Rosales, Terre Haute W10 Oct. 10 -- K.O. Christner, Terre Haute W10 Oct. 17 -- Maxie Rosenbloom, Dayton L10 Oct. 27 -- Johnny Mack, Dayton KO3 Nov. 7 -- Jack Williams, Terre Haute KO1 Nov. 27 -- Humberto Arce, Indianpolis KO4 Dec. 2 -- Joe Doctor, Terre Haute KO3 Dec. 14 -- Larry Johnson, Terre Haute W10 Dec. 21 -- Babe Hunt, Terre Haute W10 1933 Jan. 2 -- Frankie Simm, Dayton W10 Jan. 23 -- Humberto Arce, Terre Haute KO4 Jan. 31 -- George Godfrey, Indianapolis L10 Feb. 22 -- Seal Harris, Terre Haute KO1 Mar. 7 -- Buster Hall, Joplin, Mo. KO1 Apr. 21 -- Lou Scozza, Chicago W8 May 1 -- Babe Hunt, Terre Haute W10 May 3 -- Art Lasky, Chicago KOby5 May 21 -- Al Walker, Chicago KO3 June 5 -- Joe Doctor, Terre Haute KO3 Aug. 3 -- Humberto Arce, Quincy, Ill. W10 Sept. 25 -- Ed Prante, Salt Lake City KO1 Oct. 12 -- Jack Casper, Salt Lake City KO8 Oct. 22 -- Cecil Myatt, Salt Lake City W6 Nov. 18 -- Del Baxter, Salt Lake City KO3 Dec. 18 -- K.O. Christner, Salt Lake City KO5 Dec. 22 -- Bill Longson, Salt Lake City KO3 Dec. 28 -- Bill Longson, Salt Lake City KO4 1934 -- K.O. Christner, Salt Lake City KO5 -- Ed Prante, Salt Lake City W10 -- Cecil Myatt, Salt Lake City W6 -- Jack Donovan, Portland, Ore. KO1 -- Fritz Poli, Spokane, Wash. KO1 -- Jack Riley, Idaho Falls, Ida. KO1 -- Battling Lemorieux, Boise KO3 -- Houston Ash, Tacoma W10 -- Jack McCoy, Spokane KO4 -- Jack Howard, Spokane KO3 -- Bombo Chevalier, Portland, Ore. KO3 -- Sig Eckland, Portland, Ore. KO8 -- Frankie Sharkey, Portland, Ore. KO1 -- Jack Abrams, Portland, Ore. KO1 -- Fred Lenhart, Tacoma L10 -- Young Firpo, Tacoma L10 -- Young Firpo, Tacoma L10 -- Jack Roper, Oakland, Cal. KO1 -- Al Marino, Oakland, Cal. KO1 -- Mickey McFarland, Oakland, Cal. NC4 Nov. 14 -- Red Barry, Oakland, Cal. L10 1935 June 4 -- Charlie Massera, Spokane W10 Mar. 7 -- Young Firpo, Spokane LF10 May 6 -- Red Barry, Spokane KO4 July 4 -- Jack Petrie, Spokane KO1 -- Frank Rowsey, Spokane KO6 Sept. 6 -- Maxie Rosenbloom, Spokane D10 Oct. 11 -- Maxie Rosenbloom, Spokane W10 1936 Jan. 10 -- John Henry Lewis, Spokane KO by 3 Mar. 4 -- Tuffy Dial, Spokane KO5 Sept. 12 -- Ford Smith, Spokane KO3 Nov. 12 -- Sonny Buxton, Boise KO1 1937 Jan. 15 -- Bob Olin, Spokane KO2 Feb. 19 -- Tex Irwin, N.Y.C. KO2 Mar. 13 -- Lorenzo Pack, N.Y.C. W10 Mar. 20 -- Jack Trammell, N.Y.C. W10 Apr. 6 -- Jack Trammell, Youngstown KO4 Apr. 10 -- Lou Poster, N.Y.C. KO6 May 1 -- Phil Johnson, N.Y.C. KO3 May 14 -- Red Bruce, N.Y.C. W8 May 22 -- Jersey Joe Walcott, N.Y.C. KO8 July 15 -- Leo Deacon Kelly, N.Y.C. KO6 July 28 -- Red Bruce, N.Y.C. KO1 Aug. 20 -- Eddie Malcolm, Youngstown KO2 Aug. 30 -- Steve Dudas, N.Y.C. W6 Sept. 2 -- Yustin Sirutis, N.Y.C. D10 Sept. 11 -- Joe Finazzo, N.Y.C. KO1 Oct. 11 -- Red Bruce, Pittsburgh KO2 Nov. 22 -- Al Gainer, Pittsburgh L15 1938 Jan. 7 -- Mickey McAvoy, Spokane KO1 Jan. 28 -- Hank Hankinson, Spokane KO1 Feb. 18 -- Lou Brouillard, Boston KO7 Feb. 26 -- Gene Mickens, N.Y.C. KO1 Mar. 5 -- Jim Howell, N.Y.C. D10 Mar. 11 -- Johnny Whiters, N.Y.C. KO4 Mar. 18 -- Tony Shucco, Boston D10 Apr. 11 -- Jack Trammell, Pittsburgh W10 May 10 -- Jersey Joe Walcott, Camden W10 May 13 -- Eddie Blunt, N.Y.C. KO2 May 25 -- Willie Reddish, Philadelphia W8 June 9 -- Yustin Sirutis, Nutley, N.J. W8 June 24 -- Fred Lenhart, Spokane KO3 Sept. 8 -- Yustin Sirutis, Youngstown W10 Oct. 8 -- Juan Herrara, Kingston, Jamaica KO1 Oct. 22 -- Isodor Gastanaga, Kingston, Jamaica KO1 Nov. 29 Al Gainer, N.Y.C. W15 1939 Feb. 3 -- Melio Bettina, N.Y.C. KO by 9 Mar. 24 -- Tiger Warrington, N.Y.C. W8 Apr. 11 -- Al Gainer, Boston D10 July 13 -- Dave Clark, N.Y.C. L8 July 31 -- George Hughes, Pittsburgh KO3 Aug. 8 -- Eddie Simms, Pittsburgh W10 Sept. 1 -- Clarence Brown, Chicago W10 Spet. 15 -- Orlando Trotter, Chicago KO2 Oct. 13 -- Andy Kid Miller, Kansas City W10 Nov. 10 -- Elza Thompson, Kansas City W10 Dec. 1 -- Clarence Brown, Chicago NC6 1940 Mar. 7 -- Eddie Wenstob, Vancouver B.C. W10 Apr. 29 -- Ernie Collins, Salt Lake City KO4 May 20 -- Al Delaney, Salt Lake City W10 June 21 -- Al Delaney, Reno KO9 July 16 -- Pio Pico, Boise KO9 Dec. 4 -- Windmuill Pearce, Helena KO5 1941 Apr. 18 -- Yancey Henry, San Diego W10 1944 June 23 -- Jim Buckley, Spokane W10 July 4 -- Jimmy Casino, Spokane W10 1945 Mar. 10 -- George Ecks, Spokane KO1 Apr. 6 -- J.D. Turner, Spokane W10 May 11 -- Al Ware, Spokane KO9 June 22 -- Bobby Zander, Spokane KO by 7 July 20 -- Ted Lowry, Spokane W10 Aug. 21 -- Harold Blackshear, Spokane W10 Sept. 3 -- Bobby Zander, Spokane L12 1946 May 3 -- Domingo Valin, Spokane KO3 May 24 -- Leroy Evans, Spokane KO8 July 22 -- Windmill Pearce, Salt Lake City KO3 Sept. 13 -- Al Ware, Salt Lake City W10 Oct. 9 -- Walter Hafer, Las Vegas L10 1947 Jan. 27 -- Jack Flood, Vancouver NC3 June 13 -- Joe Louis, Spokane Exh. 4 July 11 -- Bill Peterson, Spokane KO5 July 30 -- Jerry McSwain, Spokane KO by 6 1948 Mar. 12 -- Paul Doyle, Spokane KO1 Apr. 30 -- Charley Eagle, Spokane KO5 June 8 -- Freddie Beshore, Spokane L10 1949 Mar. 12 -- Sonny Orrock, Wallace, Ida. KO5 Apr. 1 -- Ponce de Leon, Sand Point, Ida. Exh. 6 July 5 -- Dave Delaney, Anchorage, KO4 Aug. 18 -- Ponce de Leon, Sand Point KO5 Aug. 28 -- Kid Riviera, Coeur d'Alene, Ida., Exh. 4 Nov. 21 -- Billy Carter, Edmonton, Alta., KO4 Dec. 16 -- Dave Delaney, Edmonton, Alta., KO2 1950 Dec. 12 -- Jose Ochea, Twin Falls, Ida. KO by 2 Died April 6, 1954, Spokane, Wash. FOND FAREWELL TO ARCHIE LONG PANTS (New York Daily News, Sunday, December 13, 1998) By Bill Gallo Archie Moore is gone. Good ol' Archie, that pixie they called Mongoose. That charmer of charmers of the prize ring some also called, Old Man Mose. Archie Long Pants, was my favorite name for him. Whatever, what a guy this was! This fight man with the tortoise-shell defense felt he could beat any man he would ever face in the ring. The fact is he pretty nearly did. Well, take away 17 he lost by decision and the seven times he was knocked out plus two he lost on a foul and you still come away with an incredible 199 wins. Ol' Long Pants engaged in 234 fights, for goodness sake. Whoever did that? Not even Fritzie Zivic -- who fought at the drop of a cigar ash -- entered the ring more times. Fritzie, the ring cutie with that ironing board profile, had 230 total bouts. If Fritzie didn't put a thumb in your ear he'd put it in your eye (accidentally, of course). Archie was one who liked to kid newspaper guys. One time, at a training camp he asked me why I referred to him as "Long Pants Archie." Thinking he was serious, I told him it was simply because he liked to wear those oversized trunks that went all the way to his knees. He smiled that big smile of his and said, "I thought it's because when you watch me train, I'd be taking those long, hard breaths -- you know -- long pants." He won his last fight, knocking out one Mike DiBaise in the third round. This was in Phoenix in 1963 and nobody realized it at the time but ol' Long Pants was tossing punches at this kid at age 50. Like Satchel Paige, Archie had fun concealing his age. Writers and fans always wondered, how the hell old is he? He'd never tell and it's only now that we know that at the end of his life he was 84. When asked, he'd say: "Somewhere around the middle 30s, the late 30s or maybe 40-something." When he was scheduled to fight Rocky Marciano for the heavyweight title on Sept. 21, 1955, he put his birth date at Dec. 13, 1916. That would've made him 39 then. Later Archie owned up to being born in 1913 which is what the record book now says. It wasn't only his age that he confused the press with but where he originally came from. Archie, the Gypsy, once claimed he was born in Collinsville, Ill., yet his mother, Lorena Reynolds, said he was born in Benoit, Miss. When asked where he should be billed from, he'd answer, "Book me from the twin cities -- San Diego and Toledo." Then came a laugh. The thing about Long Pants was that he never thought that age and where you came from were important. "If I start thinking about how old I am, I might just go out and get myself a rocking chair," he'd say. I remember that cool summer night he fought Marciano. This was a fight he felt he could've won had it not been for the referee. As recently as 1985 he was telling us how close he came to winning the title that night. The talk went like this: "Marciano was supposed to come out and get me right away but he didn't do that. He tried to box me in the first round, but couldn't. "In the second, it was different. Marciano swung with an overhand right, and I pulled back a step . . . As I did that, I caught him with an uppercut, and he went down. I could've followed up after that knockdown." He always blamed the ref for that unfinished business with Marciano. For the rest of his life, he insisted that the referee, Harry Kessler, kept getting in his way. A check of the films disproves this but it was the way Archie truly felt. The fight that night in Yankee Stadium was a dandy with 61,574 fans paying almost a million at the gate. A toe-to-toe battle all the way, it took Rocky nine rounds to knock out Moore but not before the underdog gave the champ the fight of his career. Archie, who had bragged that he'd win, had fought just as big as he had talked. He was brilliant with his counter punching and used all his savvy to confuse Marciano. But Rocky was a block of strength -- and that eventually got to Long Pants. Came the ninth round and Rocky pinned Archie against the ropes and pounded him with punches every which way. Rocky never stopped; it was like he was taking a sledge to an anvil. Archie slumped in the corner and was counted out. There is one thing connected with this fight I'll forever remember. Just before the bout started all parties were in the ring waiting for the festivities to begin when there was a tremendous roar from the crowd. Both Marciano and Moore seemed to acknowledge this burst of applause. But it wasn't for them. Joe DiMaggio, fight fan, had entered the stadium and headed for his ringside seat. REMEMBERED FOR MORE THAN BOXING (Associated Press, December 17, 1998) By Bernie Wilson SAN DIEGO -- Boxing's Archie Moore was remembered Thursday for more than just his remarkable career. "My husband set high standards for his children and for others," his widow, Joan Hardy-Moore, said prior to a memorial service in his adopted hometown of San Diego. "He was an extraordinary man who celebrated his life and lived it well. We were fortunate to have him." Moore was 84 when he died Dec. 9 in a San Diego hospice. He had heart surgery a few years ago, and his health had deteriorated in the weeks before his death. He spent 28 years of his life in the ring, a long career for any professional athlete, especially a boxer. He held the light heavyweight title for 11 years, and knocked out a record 141 opponents in 228 bouts. He is the only fighter to go up against boxing mammoths Muhammad Ali, then still known as Cassius Clay, and Rocky Marciano. He lost both fights. He counted among his friends boxers George Foreman, whom Moore trained, Ken Norton and Yvon Durelle, a Canadian who lost two memorable title fights to Moore in the late 1950s. Biographer Mike Fitzgerald detailed Moore's life during the memorial service, officiated by San Diego County Sheriff Bill Kolender and attended by Durelle, local politicans and dozens of people who were touched by his generosity over the years. Born in Benoit, Miss., on Dec. 13, 1916, Moore was raised by an uncle in St. Louis. As a child, he wanted to be a musician, but around age 15, during a brief stay in reform school, he decided to become a boxer. He started his professional career in 1935 and changed managers eight times before retiring in 1963. He fought during a time when managers frequently took advantage of black boxers and he would change when he felt he was being exploited. He took a brave stand during the Civil Rights movement after winning a fight in New York. He told a national television audience he was donating a portion of his purse to the Freedom Riders, who challenged segregation in the South. Moore understood the risk of his decision, but also the opportunity to make a statement, his widow said. Moore was nicknamed "The Mongoose" for his quick moves in the ring, but also "Ageless Archie" because there was always a debate over his age. Moore shaved three years off his age when he first started boxing because family records showed 1913 and 1916 as his year of birth. He finished his career with 194 victories, 26 losses and eight draws. After his retirement, he appeared in several films including "Huckleberry Finn," and on the television shows "Family Affair" and "Batman." He also opened a restaurant, a gym, trained boxers and started in 1965 his "Any Boy Can" program, which encouraged at-risk youngsters to stay away from drugs and violence. He was honored by presidents Eisenhower and Reagan for his work as a world ambassador for boxing and the United States Moore was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990 at Canastota, N.Y. Even in his later years, he had a sharp memory and liked to illustrate his style by shadow boxing. He lived modestly in San Diego in a home near Interstate 15 with a distinguishing feature -- a swimming pool shaped like a boxing glove. His body was cremated, and his urn will be displayed in a glass-fronted niche in about two weeks at Cypress View Mausoleum.