Frank Farmer
Global ID28616
birthdate 1889-12-02
death date 1930-03-24 (40)
divisionlight heavyweight
height5′ 11½″   /   182cm
aliasOld Bald Eagle
country USA
residenceKapowsin, Washington, USA
birth placeSumner, Washington, USA
birth nameFrank Thomas Farmer
won 69 (KO 19) + lost 27 (KO 8) + drawn 25 = 125
rounds boxed 718
Newspaper Decisions won 1 : lost 2 : drawn 5
rounds boxed 78
Total Bouts 133 KO% 14.29

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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1930-03-24Spark Plug Boyd45-31-27
Garden A.C., Tacoma, Washington, USALKO56
referee: Eddie Ashing
Scheduled for six two-minute rounds.
"Toe to toe with his opponent, the smell of resin and sweat in his nostrils, the hoots and cheers of fans in his ears, and with gloves swinging, Frank Farmer died in the midst of the life he knew for a score of years." (UP) A blow to Frank's heart was believed to be the actual cause of death. Coroner U.S. Lodge soon after exonerated Boyd of all responsibility. Mellinger's Funeral Home provided the services.
Just as efforts to legalize prize-fighting in Washington state were once again underway -- after the Feb. 5, 1929, Seattle ring-death of Eddie Cartwright -- Farmer's death made them moot. (Professional boxing in Washington became legal June 8, 1933.)

1929-12-31Otto Berg0-1-0
Drumheller, Alberta, CanadaWPTS1010
Western Canadian Light Heavyweight Title
1929-10-09Spark Plug Boyd41-30-27
Drumheller, Alberta, CanadaWUD1010
1929-09-21Philip Befus5-0-2
Stettler, Alberta, CanadaWKO110
Befus claimed the Western Canada Light Heavyweight Title at this time.
1929-04-03KO Franklin2-5-1
Anaconda, Montana, USAWPTS1010
1928-09-19Harry Woods1-0-1
Liberty Hall, Bellingham, Washington, USAWKO1
1928-07-19Spark Plug Boyd37-24-21
American Legion Auditorium, Olympia, Washington, USADPTS66
1928-01-11Dusty Miller19-8-7
Arena, White Center, Washington, USANCNC?6
This was the scheduled main event of this program, as reported in the Seattle Times.
1927-02-10Marine Ranieri10-9-6
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USALPTS44
1926-01-26Bill Cusick4-0-0
Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, USALPTS66
Reported as Cusick's seventh straight win.
1926-01-19Willie Keeler16-13-5
Scandinavian Hall, Klamath Falls, Oregon, USAWPTS1010
1926-01-01Willie Keeler16-12-5
Scandinavian Hall, Klamath Falls, Oregon, USAWPTS1010
referee: Joe Shirk
1925-11-05Young Jack Dempsey13-4-8
Auditorium, Tacoma, Washington, USALTKO56
A towel was tossed into the ring.
1925-09-17Bill Tate25-18-1
Auditorium, Tacoma, Washington, USALPTS66
1925-08-14Willie Keeler14-11-5
Kellogg, Idaho, USALPTS1512
It was a draw after the scheduled 12 rounds, so three more rounds were added to determine a winner. Tacoma News Tribune
1925-06-01Kid Norfolk82-20-6
Armory, Portland, Oregon, USALMD1010
Farmer was down for an eight count in the third
1925-04-02Young Jack Dempsey8-2-7
Tacoma, Washington, USAWPTS66
1925-03-10Frank Kid Williams
Arena, Vernon, California, USAWPTS44
1925-01-29Young Peter Jackson4-6-0
Legion Auditorium, Olympia, Washington, USAWPTS66
1924-12-19Ray Neuman7-5-6
Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California, USAWPTS44
1924-10-30Jimmy Delaney28-1-5
Armory, Portland, Oregon, USALMD1010
referee: Ralph Gruman
Farmer fought out of a crouch, as opposed to his usual standup style.
1924-09-04Tiny Jim Herman31-8-9
Glide Rink, Tacoma, Washington, USALPTS66
First card of the 1924/25 Tacoma boxing season.
1924-05-27Nig Yeager10-1-1
Armory, Portland, Oregon, USAWUD1010
1924-04-24George Lamson13-6-3
Tacoma, Washington, USAWPTS66
1924-03-27Floyd Johnson33-4-7
Tacoma, Washington, USADPTS66
1924-03-24Nig Yeager8-1-1
Armory, Portland, Oregon, USALPTS1010
referee: Ralph Gruman
1924-03-21Jim Firpo Gorman
Elks Gym, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, USAWPTS1212
1924-02-08Jack Nolan3-2-1
Napier Theatre, Drumheller, Alberta, CanadaDPTS1010
referee: Cappy Smart
Nolan took the first five rounds with terrific body punching and Farmer came on strong in the second half with a quick left jab.
1924-01-30Spud Marshall
Jones Hall, Hillyard, Washington, USAWKO16
1923-12-21Earl Ritchie12-6-1
Scandinavian Hall, Klamath Falls, Oregon, USAWPTS1010
referee: Tom Watters
1923-10-30Nig Yeager8-0-0
Armory, Portland, Oregon, USAWMD1010
1923-10-25Rocco Stramaglia6-9-4
Eagles Hall, Tacoma, Washington, USAWPTS66
1923-10-08George Lamson11-3-3
Armory, Portland, Oregon, USALTKO210
referee: Ralph Gruman
1923-09-12Jim Tracey11-18-3
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USADPTS44
1923-09-01Tony Fuente20-3-3
Oxnard, California, USAWKO1
time: 1:30
Exact date unknown.
1923-08-22Al Hoag2-7-12
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWPTS44
1923-07-31Marty Foley26-18-13
Armory, Portland, Oregon, USANCNC710
referee: Ralph Gruman
1923-06-13Jack Reeves28-9-13
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USALPTS44
Per the June 16 Tacoma News Tribune, after his bout with Bert Colima the night before, Farmer hired a taxi cab to get to this bout. The crowd booed the decision.
1923-06-12Bert Colima59-7-8
Arena, Vernon, California, USALPTS44
1923-05-24Billy Shade44-18-20
Eagles A.C., Tacoma, Washington, USAWPTS66
referee: Leo Hartnett
1923-05-11Earl Ritchie12-5-1
Scandinavian Hall, Klamath Falls, Oregon, USAWKO710
1923-03-30Rocco Stramaglia4-4-4
Heilig Theater, Portland, Oregon, USAWPTS1010
1923-02-22Bob Getz1-0-0
Armory, Portland, Oregon, USAWKO710
1922-09-14Sailor Tom King5-6-2
Auditorium, Tacoma, Washington, USAWPTS66
The first card of the Tacoma boxing season.
1922-05-23Gordon McKay35-4-15
Arena, Seattle, Washington, USALPTS44
referee: Rod Murphy
1922-05-18Marty Foley20-11-13
Auditorium, Tacoma, Washington, USAWPTS66
1922-04-20Bill Bethel4-0-3
Eagles A.C., Tacoma, Washington, USAWKO56
"There was no doubt of the final blow. Frank sank his arm so far in Bill's lunch bazaar that Frank's elbow shook hands with the last steak Bethel put away." Tacoma News Tribune
1922-02-09Floyd Johnson17-2-6
Tacoma, Washington, USADPTS66
Often incorrectly stated as occurring February 11.
1922-01-12Jack McAuliffe II4-0-0
Eagles Hall, Tacoma, Washington, USALTKO46
referee: Arthur Schock
Farmer's seconds threw in the towel after he had been floored six times. Reported as McAuliffe's 11th bout and 11th KO win. The inaugural card of the new Eagles Lodge. Tacoma News Tribune
1921-09-05Rocco Stramaglia2-1-0
Cle Elum, Washington, USADPTS66
1921-07-08Jimmy Darcy40-27-30
Armory, Portland, Oregon, USAWPTS1010
1921-05-05Jim Jam Barry19-19-17
Eagles Hall, Tacoma, Washington, USAWPTS66
1921-01-26Bob Devere23-9-2
Arena, Milwaukie, Oregon, USAWPTS1010
referee: Tom Louttit
1921-01-01Harlan Bunker8-1-3
Arena, Milwaukie, Oregon, USAWTKO210
1920-10-13Sam Langford126-19-29
Arena, Seattle, Washington, USALPTS44
"Farmer was nervous and awed by old Sam and failed to put up his usual bout, making the poorest showing he has ever made in the Northwest. Farmer clinched so much that the fans booed, but he was in there to stick the four rounds and he did. He refused to use his right hand, which he injured some months back, on the head of Langford, about the only spot, it seems, that Langford could be hit the way he was fighting Wednesday night." Tacoma News Tribune (Later, according to the Seattle Daily Times of May 18, 1922: Farmer was "set down for a year for his miserable showing against Sam Langford two winters ago." He would not fight again in Seattle until May 23, 1922.)
1920-09-23Andre Anderson11-11-2
Eagles A.C., Tacoma, Washington, USAWKO1
1920-09-09Tiny Jim Herman10-1-4
Eagles A.C., Tacoma, Washington, USADPTS66
1920-05-14Young Hector14-7-4
Arena, Seattle, Washington, USAWPTS44
Farmer came back after being floored for a count of seven. He broke his right hand during this bout, and spent the next few months recuperating.
1920-04-30Tiny Jim Herman8-1-2
Armory, Portland, Oregon, USADPTS1010
1920-04-07Hugh Walker7-2-6
Arena, Milwaukie, Oregon, USAWPTS1010
referee: Denver Ed Martin
1920-02-19Young Hector12-5-4
Eagles Club, Tacoma, Washington, USAWPTS66
1920-01-01Boy McCormick16-4-4
Arena, Milwaukie, Oregon, USALKO910
referee: Denver Ed Martin
1919-12-30Young Hector10-4-3
Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, USADPTS66
referee: Adolph Schacht
Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title
1919-12-18Jack Reeves12-4-5
Tahoma Hall, Tacoma, Washington, USAWPTS66
"While Reeves showed more boxing skill and took less of a whipping than other California boxers sent up here to beat Farmer, he at no time worried Farmer, who actually left-handed himself to a win, several times his left rocking the California 20-year-old." Tacoma News Tribune
1919-12-03Tommy Gibbons14-0-0
Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, USALPTS66
1919-11-25Boy McCormick16-4-3
Arena, Milwaukie, Oregon, USADPTS1010
Main event of the Milwaukie Arena inaugural card.
1919-11-21Joe Welsh5-4-1
Eagles Hall, Tacoma, Washington, USAWPTS66
1919-11-05Gunboat Smith48-20-7
Arena, Seattle, Washington, USAWPTS66
Smith's Seattle debut, per the Seattle Star. But the Nov. 2 Post-Intelligencer mentions his 1909 Seattle ring appearance with Denver Ed Martin.
1919-10-17Leo Cross4-0-9
Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, USAWKO46
time: 1:00
The opening show of the Austin & Salt partnership. Cross subbed for Young Hector. Farmer was outweighed by more than 12 pounds. Tacoma News-Tribune
1919-10-09Spud Murphy20-4-13
Tahoma Hall, Tacoma, Washington, USADPTS66
Farmer "beat Murphy for five straight rounds, especially in the first two rounds, and all he was given for his efforts was a draw. It was a poor verdict, and a majority of the fans knew it then and know it now." Tacoma News Tribune
1919-09-04Ole Anderson5-1-3
Tahoma Hall, Tacoma, Washington, USAWPTS66
Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title
Farmer "gave Anderson a decisive whipping in each of the six rounds in the main event, and did it so completely that not even the customary booers could get a chance to let out their oil-can voices. There was plenty of action, real action in the bout." This is Farmer's 24th Eagles appearance; he never lost a decision. Tacoma News Tribune

1919-05-27K O Kruvosky30-10-14
Dreamland Rink, San Francisco, California, USALPTS44
referee: Toby Irwin
Pacific Coast Light heavyweight title
1919-05-22Ole Anderson4-0-2
Eagles Club, Tacoma, Washington, USAWPTS66
1919-04-11Young Al Ross9-4-6
Al Azhar Temple, Calgary, Alberta, CanadaWPTS1010x2
referee: Freddie Lowes
The bell saved Ross three times. Farmer had gone to Canada seeking opponents, having been avoided by boxers of his division in the Pacific Northwest.
1919-02-06Mick King25-18-11
Eagles Hall, Tacoma, Washington, USAWPTS66
Farmer later turned down a rematch with King over 15 rounds in Calgary.
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