Leo "Yock" Henninger
Yock Henninger was the referee for 16 of Harry
Greb's fights. Yock was also a fighter and boxing manager. He was even the
manager of one of Harry Greb's opponents, Mickey Rodgers. Before
the turn of the century Yock was a boxer himself. Below is an article from
The Pittsburgh Press talking about how Yock met an old opponent of his on
the street (Jack McClelland) then the promoter for one of their fights met
up with them (M.J. Connolly).
Pittsburgh Press. September 30, 1912.
"Fistic Foibles" By Jim Jab
Jack McClelland and Yock Henniger were fanning
fight on Fifth ave. the other night when M.J. Connelly chanced to pass by.
Back in the late nineties Connolly gaffed Henniger against Mac in several
famous frays. The meeting revived memories of a scrap on a boat wherin Billy
Bradburn was the third individual in the circle. McClelland's meal ticket
arm went back on him after 20 frames. A draw was suggested. The referee
agreed that the "young men had fought suffiently to satisfy any human
being" and declared a dead heat. Later on a return rumpus was arranged
. Connolly's yarn started the buzzers. For half an hour the veterans of
scrapiana in this city nearly 2 decades ago spun stories of the good old
hours when purse pounds were held on boats that were announced "to
run 25 miles down the river" but usually tied up within a square of
either McKees Rocks or Glenwood. "Dem was de days."
Tale Of The Tape
BOUTS AS A FIGHTER
unknown 18?? Jack McClelland "on a boat" Draw 20
Jan 17 1898 Elwood McCloskey Pitts. L 4
Apr 12 1898 Torpedo Billy Murphy Pitts. DQ 4 (win)
Oct 20 1898 Jack McClelland Pitts. TKO'd by 6 (loss)
Jan 1 1904 Terry McGovern Penns. KO'd by 2
BOUTS HE REFEREED
Mar 10 1913 Harry Greb - W.J. Miller Pitts.
Mar 11 1913 Harry Greb - Al Storey Pitts.
Mar 12 1913 Harry Greb - Red Cumpsten Pitts.
Oct 22 1913 Harry Greb - Mike Milko Pitts.
Nov 17 1913 Harry Greb - Mike Milko Pitts.
Jan 10 1914 Harry Greb - Whitey Wenzel Pitts.
Apr 14 1914 Harry Greb - Fay Keiser Pitts.
May 29 1914 Harry Greb - Whitey Wenzel Pitts.
Mar 25 1915 Harry Greb - Harry Baker Pitts.
May 24 1915 Harry Greb - Whitey Wenzel Pitts.
Nov 4 1916 Harry Greb - KO Sweeney Pitts.
Nov 27 1916 Harry Greb - George KO Brown Pitts.
Jun 14 1917 Harry Greb - Frank Mantell Pitts.
Dec 5 1917 Harry Greb - George Kid Ashe Pitts.
Aug 29 1921 Harry Greb - Kid Norfolk Pitts.
Jan 1 1923 Harry Greb - Bob Roper Pitts.
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