- the following was part of an article in the May 1922 Ring Magazine--
That boxing often runs in families once again is brought
to the attention of the lovers of things pugilistic by the splendid showing
of California's trio of brothers--Dave, Billy, and George Shade--all members
of the "Fighting Shade Family."
Recently when the three brothers came
East from california and placed themselves into the hands of Leo Flynn,
owner of the greatest string of boxers in America, Leo sent broadcast reams
and reams of publicity praising the achievements of this trio in coast battles
and promising New Yorkers a little suprise once the boys got a start in
the East. Like all press agent stories, the tales of prowess failed to raise
much enthusiasm among the sporting fans-like the man from Missouri, they
wanted to be shown.
Well, shown they were, and in a manner so convincing
that none will in the future sneer at the mention of the members of the
"Fighting Shade Family".
Through some clever managerial strategy Leo Flynn was
able to match young Dave Shade, supposedly the most inexperienced of the
three brothers, with Jack Britton, world's welterweight champion, and their
meeting is history. It need not be retold. Suffice it to say Dave made such
a wonderful impression upon the fans by holding the champion to a draw that
in five week's time he became the biggest drawing card in America.
Fighting twenty-one battles in a period of forty days,
or at an average of a contest every two days, young Dave has been able,
as a result of his great battle with Britton, to earn himself $42,000 in
less than two months. Quite a nifty sum for a boxer who, ten months ago,
was practically unknown in the East. Only a few days ago the writer was
discussing the present crop of welterweights and middleweights with those
of a decade ago, when Flynn's secretary entered the room with a pack of
letters and a handful of telegrams.
"Let me see the telegrams," said Flynn.
"See what a boy like Dave Shade is worth,"
remarked Leo, as he placed the telegrams into the hands of the writer.
"Convince yourself. Look at 'em."
We obliged and, much to the astonishment of yours truly,
there were eleven telegrams from all parts of the country, East, West, North
and South, offering engagements to dave, and most of the offers with a guarantee,
the average of which was about $3,000.
While the other members of the famous Shade family have
not been quite so successful, they are not having any difficulty obtaining
matches and plenty of them.
The work of the boys in their Eastern debut gained them
a horde of followers, and with their popularity established, the boys have
paved a way for the most successful engagements a fighting family has had
in the last twenty years.
Tale Of The Tape
Born: May 2, 1900
Place: Vallijo, California
Died: 1952 in SanFrancisco
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 170-175 lbs.
Manager: Leo P. Flynn
RING RECORD AS OF 1924: 43 wins - 13 losses - 88 ND's
-27 draw - (112 total bouts)
unknown 1921 Fay Keiser unknown W 15
unknown 1921 Jimmy Clabbey unknown W 13
unknown 1921 Chuck Wiggins unknown L 15
Nov 11 1921 Harry Greb unknown ND 10
unknown 1922 Fay Keiser unknown W 12
unknown 1922 Billy Miske unknown KO by 2
Mar 27 1922 Marty burke NewOrl. W 15
unknown 1922 Fay Keiser unknown ND 10
Jan 22 1923 Harry Greb NewJer. ND 12
unknown 1923 Fay Keiser unknown L 12
unknown 1923 Fay Keiser unknown W 10
Jan 29 1924 Young Stribling Atlanta ND 10
unknown 19?? Bill Brennan unknown Exh. 4
unknown 19?? Mike McTigue unknown Exh. 4
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Some of the Billy Shade photo's and article were supplied by Scott and Mike Shade