ED. NOTE -- Recent editions of The BAWLI Papers have probed the career records of Tiger Jack Fox and George Godfrey, a couple of outstanding fighters from the past who never really came close to getting what they deserved for their ring talents. This series now continues with Charley Burley, a remarkable fighter from the 1930s and '40s who, despite fighting one tough sonuvagun after another, and winning most of the time, never got a title shot. In fact, he only fought in New York City one time in a career spanning nearly 100 fights. We are indebted to the folk at the following URL: http://www2.xtdl.com/~brasslet/ All_Timers_Alpha.htm for the Burley record. Take a look at it, and the murderous fighters that Charley was up against on a regular basis -- all the while never once getting stopped. There is a paucity of literature concerning the career of Mr. Burley. If any of our readers have materials they would be willing to share concerning this illustrious, now nearly forgotten career, we'd be tickled pink to receive them and to include them in a forthcoming BAWLI.) CHARLEY BURLEY Born, Sept. 6, 1917 Died, Oct. 16, 1992 Eddie Futch called Burley the greatest all-around fighter he ever saw which is covering quite a bit of ground. Although ranked as a top welterweight or middleweight for nearly a decade, he was always overlooked when it came time to passing out championship belts. The record against men like Soose, Zivic, Williams, Bivins, Marshall, Charles and Moore, though, speaks for itself. RECORD: 84 victories, 50 by knockout, 11 losses, 2 draws, 1 no contest 1936 Sept. 29 -- George Leggins, Pittsburgh KO4 Oct. 22 -- Ralph Gizzy, Pittsburgh W6 Nov. 9 -- Eddie Wirko, Pittsburgh KO5 1937 Jan. 22 -- Ralph Gizzy, Oil City, Pa. KO2 Feb. 8 -- Ray Collins, Oil City KO5 Apr. 15 -- Johnny Folio, McKeesport KO5 Apr. 19 -- Ray Gray, Pittsburgh W6 May 3 -- Sammy Grippe, Pittsburgh W6 May 27 -- Keith Goodballet, Pittsburgh KO2 June 24 -- Mickey O'Brien, Pittsburgh W10 Aug. 9 -- Remo Fernandez, Pittsburgh KO7 Aug. 16 -- Sammy Grippe, Millvale, Pa. KO6 Sept. 9 -- Eddie Dolan, Pittsburgh L8 1938 Jan. 27 -- Tiger Jackson, Pittsburgh KO2 Feb. 3 -- Johnny Folio, Pittsburgh W4 Feb. 10 -- Carl Turner, Pittsburgh W4 Mar. 3 -- Arthur Tate, Pittsburgh KO2 Mar. 21 -- Fritzie Zivic, Pittsburgh L10 June 1 -- Mike Barto, Millvale Pa KO4 June 13 -- Fritzie Zivic, Millvale W10 Aug. 2 -- Leon Zorrita, Millvale KO6 Aug. 22 -- Cocoa Kid, Millvale W15 Nov. 3 -- Werther Arcelli, Pittsburgh KO1 Nov. 21 -- Billy Soose, Pittsburgh W10 1939 Jan. 10 -- Sonny Jones, Pittsburgh KO7 Jan. 20 -- Jimmy Leto, Millvale L10 July 17 -- Fritzie Zivic, Pittsburgh W10 Aug. 28 -- Jimmy Leto, Pittsburgh W10 Oct. 23 -- Mickey Makar, Pittsburgh KO1 Dec. 1 -- Holman Williams, New Orleans L15 1940 Feb. 12 -- Nate Bolden, Pittsburgh W10 Apr. 12 -- Baby Kid Chocolate, New Orleans KO5 Apr. 26 -- Sammy Edwards, New Orleans KO2 June 17 -- Carl Dell, Holyoke W10 July 29 -- Georgie Abrams, Millvale D10 Aug. 19 -- Kenny LaSalle, Millvale W10 Sept. 3 -- Jimmy Bivins, Millvale L10 Oct. 18 -- Eddie Peirce, Pittsburgh W10 Nov. 11 -- Vincent Pimpinella, Washington W10 1941 Mar. 31 -- Babe Synnott, Pittsburgh KO5 Apr. 18 -- Eddie Ellis, Boston KO5 June 2 -- Ossie Harris, Millvale KO9 July 14 -- Gene Buffalo, Philadelphia KO5 Aug. 25 -- Otto Blackwell, Millvale W8 Sept. 25 -- Antonio Fernandez, Philadelphia W10 Dec. 12 -- Ted Morrison, Minneapolis KO2 Dec. 23 -- Jerry Hayes, Eau Claire KO4 1942 Jan. 9 -- Shorty Hogue, Minneapolis KO10 Jan. 23 -- Jackie Burke, Minneapolis KO5 Feb. 6 -- Milo Theodorescu, San Diego KO4 Feb. 13 -- Willard Hogue, San Diego KO6 Feb. 26 -- Holman Williams, Minneapolis W10 Mar. 13 -- J.D. Turner, Minneapolis KO6 Apr. 10 -- Cleo McNeal, Minneapolis KO5 Apr. 20 -- Phil McQuillan, New York KO1 Apr. 24 -- Joe Sutka, Chicago KO4 Apr. 30 -- Sonny Wilson, Minneapolis KO2 May 25 -- Ezzard Charles, Pittsburgh L10 June 23 -- Holman Williams, Cincinnati W10 June 29 -- Ezzard Charles, Pittsburgh L10 Aug. 14 -- Holman Williams, New Orleans KO9 Oct. 16 -- Holman Williams, New Orleans L15 Nov. 13 -- Cecilio Lozada, San Diego KO2 Dec. 13 -- Lloyd Marshall, Los Angeles L10 1943 Feb. 3 -- Harvey Massey, Oakland KO9 Feb. 19 -- Jack Chase, Hollywood W10 Mar. 3 -- Aaron Wade, Oakland W10 Apr. 19 -- Cocoa Kid, New Orleans D10 May 14 -- Holman Williams, Hollywood NC10 June 26 -- Bobby Birch, San Diego W10 1944 Mar. 3 -- Bobby Berger, San Diego KO5 Mar. 20 -- Aaron Wade, San Diego W10 Apr. 3 -- Jack Chase, Hollywood KO9 Apr. 21 -- Archie Moore, Hollywood W10 May 12 -- Al Gilbert, San Diego KO4 June 23 -- Frankie Nelson, Hollywood KO6 Aug. 28 -- Gene Buffalo, San Francisco KO5 Sept. 11 -- Jack Chase, San Francisco KO12 1945 Mar. 12 -- Joe Carter, San Francisco W10 July 11 -- Holman Williams, Buffalo L12 July 26 -- Oscar Boyd, Pittsburgh KO2 Aug. 20 -- Aaron Wade, Pittsburgh W12 Sept. 4 -- Dave Clark, Cincinnati KO1 Sept. 18 -- Walter Duval, New Orleans KO4 Oct. 8 -- Billy Smith, San Francisco W10 1946 Mar. 14 -- Charley Dotson, Pittsburgh KO3 Apr. 8 -- Paul Peters, San Francisco KO1 Apr. 24 -- Billy Smith, Oakland W10 July 16 -- Charley Banks, Pittsburgh W10 Aug. 5 -- Bert Lytell, Pittsburgh W10 1947 Feb. 17 -- Bert Lytell, Baltimore L10 Aug. 8 -- Larry Cartwright, Huntington WVa KO7 1948 Mar. 24 -- Battling Blackjack, Phoenix KO3 1949 Apr. 3 -- Charlie Williams, New Orleans W10 July 25 -- Willie Wright, Pittsburgh W8 1950 Feb. 2 -- Chuck Higgins, Pittsburgh KO1 Mar. 2 -- Buddy Hodnett, Pittsburgh KO7 July 22 -- Pilar Bastidas, Lima, Peru W10 HE BEAT SUGAR RAY ROBINSON TWICE (Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 22, 1997) By Bill Kwon Stan Harrington, who beat Sugar Ray Robinson twice in a 14-year boxing career, died of cancer in St. Cloud, Fla., Sunday. He was 63. "He was one of our great local boys in boxing," said Bobby Lee, an adviser with the Hawaii State Boxing Commission. "At his time, he was one of the saviors of boxing locally." "He kept boxing alive here," said his long-time trainer, Tad Kawamura. "He had fought every contender, every rated guy in his time. He had the most fights of anyone in the state of Hawaii." Harrington was the top draw in 1965 when he beat Robinson, the aging former middleweight and welterweight champion of the world, twice at the Honolulu International Center Arena. Although Harrington never held the world title, he fought the best middleweights of his time. Among his more than 60 professional bouts were victories over Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, Jimmy Lester, Denny Moyer, Paddy DeMarco, Virgil Akins and Gaspar Ortega. Harrington lost to Emile Griffith, Don Fullmer and Hurricane Kid. But as in many of his bouts, Harrington invariably won the rematch, beating Hurricane Kid and Ortega twice after losing the first time. He also split with Joey Miceli, winning a rematch. The rugged Harrington, who was known for his punching prowess, had more than 100 fights as an amateur before turning professional in 1953. Growing up in Palama, he was a standout football player for Farrington High School. Of Irish, Hawaiian and English extraction, Harrington became a meal ticket for the late Sad Sam Ichinose's Boxing Enterprises, which held promotions at the old Civic Auditorium and then the new HIC, now known as Blaisdell Center. Harrington sold out the old Civic on King Street numerous times, including once with a one-punch knockout of Eddie Pace. He had a face once described as being run over by an "HRT bus." But he never suffered the after effects of boxing. "He didn't talk much, but he remained the same all through his life," said Kawamura, who talked to Harrington several days before he died. The fighter, whose parents died when he was 8, called Kawamura, "my father." Harrington never hung around to get punch drunk. He retired at age 34 in March, 1967. He was diagnosed as having a heart condition. But it wasn't that, according to Kawamura. "It was just time to quit. He knew it." And Harrington told Kawamura before he died that he knew it was time for that, too, when doctors said the cancer in his body was inoperable. Harrington, who had moved to Florida from San Francisco about 10 years ago, is survived by his second wife, Diane, and their two children. OLD MONGOOSE GETS LIFT FROM GEORGE (San Diego Union-Tribune, Thursday, Nov. 17, 1994) By Nick Canepa Archie Moore, a genuine American work of art, is sitting in his own museum, the billiard den in his Southeast San Diego home, enveloped in his own great history, talking boxing, talking what he knows. His body, which survived a triple bypass earlier this year, may not be what it was, but the mind, unbent by 229 fights, is straight, his face unmarked. His only scar is surgical -- on his chest -- and his wonderful eyes of age sparkle and bubble like Dom Perignon as he stares off into the past. The room is full of mementos, trophies and superb record albums and the walls are lined with photographs and newspaper clippings, cheerful reminders of a boxing career unlike any other. One clipping, a column by late Union sports editor Jack Murphy, Archie's favorite newspaperman, covers Moore's stunning, 11th-round knockout of Yvon Durelle, in Montreal, on Dec. 10, 1958, for the light heavyweight championship. The Old Mongoose, as Murphy dubbed him Archie never was The Young Mongoose, was he? -- came back from a first-round knockdown to finally floor the Canadian. And how old was he then 43, 46, 50? Who knew and who cared? Archie wasn't a child, safe to say. This is why I want to talk to Archie, who is either 78 or 81 now, not that it matters. Because he wasn't through fighting after Durelle. His pro career, which began in 1936, wouldn't end until '65, after he had recorded 10 more knockouts, running his astonishing KO world record to 141. So, if anyone is capable of discussing 45-year-old George Foreman's knockout of Michael Moorer, it's Archie. He not only knows what it takes to fight at that age, but he knows George, having advised Foreman for many years. "I think it's wonderful," Archie says. "I thought he would put up a good fight, because George is a fighter from the heart and George is afraid of nobody, being a Texas street fighter. But I wouldn't have bet he would have won against this young man." I am not among those who wonder if Foreman's short right to Moorer's chops was enough to keep the former heavyweight champion on the floor. In fact, I think it's ludicrous to think otherwise. So does Archie. "I wasn't worried about the boy getting up," Archie says with a giggle. "George hit him. George is one of the hardest-hitting heavyweights of all time." With that, he tells me he considers Foreman one of the hardest punchers in history, putting him up there with Jack Johnson, Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano. "George can punch," Archie says. "When you talk about punchers, these men can knock your head off, can give you a concussion with one punch. Moorer got nailed and, man, he was out. "I've been hit hard. Marciano . . . every punch he hit you with spelled curtains. No matter where he hit you, the arms, shoulders, anywhere, it hurt. He finally hit me (in '55) and stopped me." Archie recalls that, following Foreman's victory in the 1968 Olympics, George came to his house. "I wasn't here at the time, but he told my wife he wanted to work with me," he says. "I did. I sharpened him up sharpened his powers so he really would be dangerous. I turned a tiger loose. "George did a marvelous thing coming back. I'm glad to see him win the title. It gives him great distinction to go along with his hitting powers. He has contributed to boxing in a great way." And that part of it is important to Archie Moore, because he also contributed to the game. When he's reading off his list of great fighters the Johnsons, Alis, Louises and Robinsons he doesn't mention Archie Moore. And yet, has the sweet science ever known anyone sweeter? A case can be made for this man being the greatest fighter ever. Forget the pound-for-pound stuff. He fought 229 fights over 30 years in four decades and won 194 of them. His knockout record of 141 will stand against any in the history of any sport. It never will be messed with. The last fighter he faced, Nap Mitchell, took his given name in the third round. "I would call myself a clever boxer," Archie says. "I knew how to duck punches and stop punches before they started." He stops and almost seems embarrassed, then adds: "This is the first time I've bragged on myself in some time. "I was in love with boxing because it was what I could do and it wouldn't hurt me, because I was so clever. My nose was never broken; the only thing I ever broke was my hands, beating on guys." Archie claims he decided in reform school that he wanted to be a fighter and that he had to leave St. Louis. He was fortunate. His first manager, an auto mechanic named Felix Thurman, took him away, to La Jolla. His first fight, he says, was against a fellow named Four H. Posey, and he fought him in a Poplar Bluff, Mo., club, before a group "of 150 white guys." And he won a decision. "I beat Four H. Posey to a faretheewell," he says, chuckling. And 228 more times The Old Mongoose would venture into the ring, because it was what he did, what he could do, what he loved. "All I ever wanted to be was a professional prizefighter," Archie Moore says. And so he was. So he was.