Biddy Bishop

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1890
Biddy Bishop
Name: Biddy Bishop
Born: 1868-00-00
Died: 1941-10-31 (Age:73)
Hometown: Seattle, Washington, USA
Promoting Record: click

When Biddy Bishop was very young, his older brother called him Billy. (After his middle name, suggesting it was William. Bishop's full name was sometimes reported to be George Washington Bishop, however. See, e.g., January 12, 1917 Tacoma Times [1].) But his younger sister could not pronounce "Billy" and called him Biddy. According to the December 21, 1916 Tacoma Daily News (Tacoma, WA, USA).

Bishop's early life is unknown. By 1900 he was living in San Francisco and managing Young Peter Jackson and Ah Wing. [2]

Per the December 19, 1918 Tacoma News-Tribune, Bishop had moved from San Francisco to Spokane, Washington, soon after the devastating 1906 Earthquake. While in Spokane he met Jack Kearns. Kearns had been driving a horse team at this time. Bishop and Kearns joined forces to start a newspaper, but the paper folded after only two editions had been published. (Kearns then moved on to manage Kid Scaler, and then went to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he eventually hooked up with Fighting Dick Hyland. From there, Kearns went to San Francisco where he took over the helm of Fighting Billy Murray. They both sailed to Australia, where Kearns had Joe Bonds sent over to fight in his small stable. When Kearns returned to San Francisco, Jack Curley turned over to Kearns management of "an obscure boxer in Salt Lake City"--future World Heavyweight Champion and boxing icon Jack Dempsey.)

In late 1916, after 11 years, Bishop quit his position as Sporting Editor of the Tacoma Daily News to manage Billy Weeks. (In time he also managed Joe Bonds and Travie Davis, among others.)

By April 1917 he and Weeks were living in Cincinnati, Ohio, where Bishop had purchased a boxing arena, per the April 29 Everett Tribune (Everett, WA, USA) newspaper. He soon became a popular manager and promoter in the area and developed a stable of boxers that included K O Mars. (A photograph of Bishop and his Cincinnati stable can be found in the December 13, 1925 Tacoma News Tribune.)

On December 8, 1924, Bishop returned to the Pacific Northwest with Mars, Phil Herkert, Sammy Sandow, Jimmy Moore, Irving Goldberg, and Alex Novecky for a series of shows.

According to the July 22, 1925 Spokane Spokesman-Review newspaper, after Seattle's Dan Salt had died, Bishop took over his interest in Austin and Salt, which then became known as Austin & Bishop. Lonnie Austin bought out Bishop in 1933, according to the January 9, 1933 Wenatchee Daily World.

Biddy Bishop died of a heart attack at age 73 in San Francisco.

Miscellaneous

  • Sept. 21, 1899 Seattle Star article
  • Umpire with Texas Baseball League (circa ?)
  • By 1933 he owned Biddy Bishop's Rotisserie on Sea-Tac Highway, per the February 5 Seattle Post-Intelligencer.