Red Robinson (Stewart John Robinson)






The following article is from the Pittsburgh Press newspaper, April 11, 1912:


"Red" Robinson merely smiled when told that "Swats" Adamson expected not only to beat him in the Monessen opera house next monday, but was planning to knock him out. "Two can play at that game," says Robinson. "Adamson will be playing right into my hands when he carries the fight to me, and he will find me ready to hand back everything with interest. If he expects me to break ground or run away from him he is going to bump into a surprise. I believe Adamson was made to order for me, and I feel sure that I'll get him inside the limit." Both Robinson and Adamson are in great shape"



The following article is from the Pittsburgh Press newspaper, August 13, 1912:


Stewart John Robinson and Swats Adamson, long talked of foes, swapped slaps in a southside circle last night. The event in some ways was a suprise. An anticipated dandy gate money gag, it proved to be close to a bloomer. Blame it on the weather. Nothing else in sight. Possibly the next suprise was the fact that Robinson, who had been touted to tear Adamson into tatters, didn't do so. In fast at the finish, scores called the mill a draw and wound up by saying that Robinson was lucky to land a dead heat. The writer wont go along with this idea. He figures that Robinson hit the straightest, the hardest, inflicted severe punishment on Swat's face and body, from every viewpoint and was jammed full of aggressiveness. Several times it looked as if the "one best bet" had been delivered by Robinson. Savage punches crashed into Swat's jaw, paunch and chest, but the farmer lad wasn't subdued by any means. Possibly if the bell hadn't clanged when it did in the third frame, Adamson might have struck the floor and been counted out. He was in distress. Adamson fought finely both on the in and outside and deserved credit for his display. He fooled fellows who had picked him to stay less than the regulation distance. Swats carried away a number of souvenirs including a tin ear. Robinson was scarcely marked.


The following article is from the Pittsburgh Post newspaper, October 9, 1913 a day after Red Robinson knocked out Mickey Rodgers:

"With all the viciousness and almost all the effect of a 12-inch shell, Red Robinson's right mitt exploded against a section of Mickey Rodger's countenance lying about half an inch southeast of the point of the jaw, and the first fight of the season, before the Southern Club, in Old City Hall, last night came to an abrupt termination in the opening round.

The suprising end of the battle came after the first session was about two minutes old, and although Mickey stumbled to his feet three times only to go down again, that first slam really did the business. Rodgers was still "out" when the cheering crowd left the hall. His wits went wool-gathering when that first blow landed, and it was only force of habit that kept him going.

When Yock Heninger waved Robinson to his corner after the fourth knockdown and it was apparent that Rodgers was through for the evening, the cheering crowd stormed the ring, and presently Red rode to the dressing room on the shoulders of his admirers. But this was not until after Mason had essayed a cartwheel in the ring and landed sprawling on his back, and Rodgers and Robinson had held a reunion. Rodgers started to hit at red from force of habit, but when he found his mitt seized, shook hands most heartily with his conquerer, still wearing that foolish grin. It was a sad day for the Corcoran stable.

The bout started most auspiciouisly, and was full of action until the finish. Both boys were working hard, going at top speed, and until the decisive blow was landed, neither had an advantage.

Red had been using his left, jabbing and hooking at Rodgers head, and Mickey was watching that hand only. He was sailing in, hitting at the body and had the advantage of the infighting, although at long range Robinson was superior. Both had landed two or three hard ones that seemed to have little effect when the end came. Mickey blocked a left and forgot about the right. He dropped his left hand, exposing his jaw, and Red, the opportunist, staked his all on one blow and won.


The following article is from the Pittsburgh Post newspaper, November 18, 1914 telling about Robinson having to cancel a fight with Hooks Evans:

ADAMSON WILL TAKE ROBINSON'S PLACE AGAINST EVANS TONIGHT - Ad Wolgast holds the world's record as a hard-luck boxer, but Red Robinson, the Pittsburgh lightweight, runs him a close second. Red will be prevented by a fine mess of boils that have broken out on his neck, from filling his engagement with Hooks Evans, the South Hills scrapper, before the Highland Athletic Club tonight, and Swats Adamson, another Southside boxer, has been signed in a hurry to fill his shoes.

Day before yesterday the first boil appeared. Yesterday another little pey had joined the advance guard. Red wrapped up well and started out for some road work with a sparring partner, but after going a few blocks fainted and had to be lugged home in a cab. It was the same trouble last winter that gave him the setback from which he just recovered.



Red Robinson would stay in Pittsburgh after his career as a boxer. He became a referee and was the third man in the ring for some good fights including some Billy Conn bouts.


 selected bouts


May 22	1911	Walter Monoghan		Pitts.		Win  (on undercard of the Buck Crouse-Mike Glover fight)
Dec	1911	Eddie Gumbert		Pitts.		Unknown (Pittsburgh press 1/12/12- "Eddie made his debut as a professional by hooking up with Red Robinson at the P.A.A. a few weeks ago and made such a great showing")

Apr 9	1912	Frank Loughrey		NewYork		W 10 ("in one of the best 10 round battles ever witnessed in this city. Robinson won every round and had Loughrey cut and bleeding from the 4th round on.")
Aug 12	1912	Swats Adamson		Pitts.		ND 6 (draw/win)
Aug	1912	Hooks  Evans		Pitts.		W 6
Aug 22	1912	Millburn Saylor		Pitts.		Loss (Exact date is unknown but was defintely between August 20-25)
Dec 17	1912	Hooks  Evans		Pitts.		Draw 6
Dec 25	1912	Reddy   Holt		Ohio		W 6  (Robinson was 10 pounds lighter than his opponen but still knocked Holt down 3 times in the fight with a commanding win.)

Oct 8	1913	Mickey Rodgers		Pitts.		KO 1 (win)

Mar 4	1914	Art Kaufmann		Michig.		unknown   (this bout was scheduled to take place. It is unknown if it did.  Kaufman was from Winsor, Canada.)
Nov 26	1914	Hooks  Evans		Pitts.		Draw 6

July 8	1915	Harry   Greb		Penns.		ND 6 (exhibition)
Sep 4	1915	Tommy  Jones		Penns.		W 10  (Fight took place in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.)



Aug 10	1936	Billy Conn vs. Teddy Movan		Hickey Park, Pittsburgh		8 rounds
Sep 8	1936	Billy Conn vs. Honeyboy Jones		Hickey Park, Pittsburgh		10 rounds

Sep 25	1939	Billy Conn vs. Melio Bettina		Forbes Field, Pittsburgh	15 rounds