Chet McIntyre

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Chet McIntyre

Name: Chet McIntyre
Born: 1878-01-01
Birthplace: Wisconsin, USA
Hometown: Seattle, Washington, USA
Boxing Record: click

Division: Heavyweight

  • Exact date of birth unknown, circa 1878
  • Father of fellow boxer Jack McIntyre


Chet McIntyre was a native of Wisconsin, per the April 21, 1918 Tacoma Tribune. At one time he had been one of the "top-notch" wrestlers of the United States, having fought Frank Gotch. He also had sent to the Stockholm Olympic Games young men such as Dungillio, Bill Chandler, Frank McConnell, and Tommy Gallon. A February 1918 Seattle/Tacoma area newspaper article (pasted in Tacoma boxer Frank Farmer's scrapbook), reported that McIntyre did not start boxing until he was 30-years-old, in 1914, after his wrestling career, and published his record-to-date.

McIntyre spent some five years in Vancouver, BC, where he ran an athletic club. In 1912 he took Ernie and Frank Barrieau, Gil Martin, and Charlie Patton to the Canadian championships at the Toronto tournament where all (but Ernie?) won. He also created an amateur lacrosse championship team. (The Dec. 17, 1913 Tacoma Daily News reported he was then running the Colonial Club in VBC.) See also, March 7, 1936 Vancouver Sun [1].

After his Vancouver stint, the Seattle Athletic Club sought his services, and he spent three years there, starting circa March 1915. (See the March 6, 1915 Seattle Star [2].) The Tacoma Tribune and Seattle Star later reported that he had turned out some of the best amateur boxers of the day--including not only the Canadians previously mentioned, but also Earl Baird, Irving Gleason, Lloyd Madden, Val Sontag, and Archie Wyard. [3]

Around this time, he also dabbled in acting, per the July 28, 1917 Seattle Star [4].

In Sept. 1917, the Tacoma Smelting Company established its gymnasium at Ruston, Washington (by Tacoma, just south of Seattle) and hired McIntyre to run its Smelter Athletic Club, where he worked for about three years. [5][6][7][8][9]

Per the Sept. 5, 1919 TNT, he was to open a new gym that Saturday with partner Ted Christian at 1207 Pacific Avenue in Tacoma. He left the Tacoma area circa 1921 to take a job with the Federal Mining Company of Mullan, Idaho, to run its Morning Athletic Club, where he discovered future contender Leo Lomski. He returned to the Tacoma area in the summer of 1927. Tacoma News Tribune

Other boxers McIntyre managed in the Pacific Northwest area included the Jones Brothers of Tacoma (including Harold and Walter), Frank Farmer, Tiny Herman, Bill Cusick, Pinky Napp, Billy Lang, Mickey Pease and Pinky Ketcham.

McIntyre taught his fighters to use an upright scientific style, which was similar to the British style of boxing. Most of his fighters fought from the outside and were not sluggers who waded in trading punches like the majority of Pacific Northwest boxers of the late teens and early 1920s. McIntyre himself was powerfully-built, in the mold of Tom Sharkey, and fought at 190 pounds when in shape. [10]

Based on a 1944 Portland Oregonian article on Mickey Pease, it would appear that McIntyre had passed away a few years before, as Pease was described as one of the last fighters McIntyre had worked with, when Pease had been only 12-years-old.

  • His May 1, 1917 Seattle Arena bout with Tommy Gibbons was an exhibition, as announced prior to the fight [11], although the day-after newspaper results do not make this clear.