Benny Ford

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Benny Ford: (born 1900 or 1901) was a longtime San Francisco fight promoter and matchmaker. Ford claimed to have begun his long boxing career at around the age of 18, claiming to have been in the corner of Sailor Ed Petroskey when he fought George Chip in 1920 (note: the two fought in 1914). Ford then worked as a manager as early as 1922, working with Abe Matin until his death in 1930, and later with Suey Welch, while managing his own stable of boxers. Ford began promoting at San Francisco's National Hall in 1938 with Al Young. Later that year he moved to San Francisco's Dreamland Auditorium, making his debut on October 28, 1938 as matchmaker, replacing Bobby Evans. He later promoted at San Francisco's Coliseum Bowl and Civic Auditorium in the 1940s. He would continue to be San Francisco's top promoter through the early 1970s.

Manager

Ford began managing as early as 1922, before getting in to promoting. His stable included:

Sources

(Managerial notes)

  • Oakland Tribune, August 27, 1922 (McBride), October 10, 1922 (Roach), January 16, 1923 (Farrell), November 30, 1925 (CL Lynch), May 1, 1926 (Rockson), November 27, 1930 (work with Matin) January 16, 1931 (Evans), February 12, 1931 (Wright), October 28, 1931 (Wells), February 2, 1932 (DiVodi), March 9, 1932 (Rockson), February 1, 1933 (Williams), February 7, 1933 (work with Welch), May 11, 1933 (Tommy, November 15, 1934 (Barry), January 21, 1935 (Miller), March 24, 1935 (Espinosa), March 19, 1936 (Dias), July 27, 1936 (Foster), October 7, 1936 (Citrino), July 13, 1970 (Roberts and Belanger)
  • Fresno Bee, October 5, 1929 (Glick), May 21, 1934 (Pena), May 15, 1937 (Fontaine)
  • Woodland (CA) Democrat, November 4, 1936 (Thomas)

(Biography Notes)

  • Oakland Tribune, July 13, 1970, "Welcome, Mr. Ford"