Name: Ad Stone
Alias: Fighting Marine
Birth Name: Stanley Adam Stone
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Birthplace: Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 1972-09-17 (Age:70)
Pro Boxer: Record
Manager: Max Hoff
- Brother of boxer "Battling Ryan" (Enoch Stone) of Paterson, NJ. Stone fought 3-round exh with his brother on Mar 1, 1921
Featured on the cover of the Ring Magazine: November 1924, Ad Stone was out of boxing for several months in early 1925 with an eye injury. By December 1925, he was a United States Marine stationed in Paterson, New Jersey. The May 1928 New York Times reported he had three "recent" KO wins at Philadelphia, PA.
Ad Stone was the subject of an article written by Frank Menke for the King Features Syndicate and which appeared in the April 24, 1924 edition of the Altoona Tribune on Newspapers.com. With a caption of "Ad Stone Seen As New Fighter M'Tigue Can Fear" and a subtitle of "Native of Shenandoah Has His History Described By Frank Menke," the article containing some very interesting information about Ad's life up to that time, including his real name being Adam Stone. Also according to the article, Ad worked as a coal miner in his first job and "was only 16 when the war busted loose but he strolled into the infantry, went overseas and nobly aided and abetted in the pulverizing of Kaiser Bill and his henchmen."
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Feb 5, 1922), reported that he began boxing as an amateur at 98-poundes in 1917, turning pro three years later. He then joined the military and served with the 81st Field Division Field Artillery, although the war ended before he saw action. While in France, he fought 5 bouts with the AEF, winning all. He was honorably discharged and returned to Paterson, NJ, where he had "a half dozen bouts in upper New Jersey."
In 1920, his boxing was limited because of a broken hand. In the Spring of 1921, Ad rejoined the military and enlisted in the "Devil Dogs" (The U.S. Marines) .
As a Marine stationed in Philadelphia during 1922, Ad had a number of bouts. In the Post article of Feb 5, 1922, it reported he had 18 pro bouts.
During January 1923, Stone got into a contractual dispute with his first manager, Charley Weirmuller, who went to great lengths to keep ahold of his promising new charge. After a court ruled that the contract to be valid, Stone was willing to get a job rather than to continue fighting under Weirmuller's management. In January 1924, Max "Boo Boo" Hoff bought his contract from Weimuller's for $10,000. Thereafter Stone continued to do very well in the boxing ring up to the time of Menke's article.
According to his obituary in the September 18, 1972 edition of the Paterson News on the Newspapers.com website, Adam S. Stone, a former fighter and a resident of Hawthorne, New Jersey, died on Sunday (September 17, 1972) after a short illness. Also according to the obituary, Stone was one fight away from getting a world heavyweight title bout with the reigning champion, Jack Dempsey. During his career, he had an eye that was severely gouged, requiring that he undergo an operation. Stone later worked as a court attendant at the Passaic County Courthouse.