Fireman Jim Flynn
Born: December 24, 1879
Died: April 12, 1935
Andrew Chiariglione was born December 24, 1879 in Hoboken. His family moved west to Pueblo, Colorado when he was a boy, and as soon as he was old enough he left school and went to work as a fireman for the city and also for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. At some point after the move, he was known as Andrew Haynes or Haymes. The strength and stamina he developed as a fireman served him well as an amateur boxer.
A high percentage of boxing fans at the turn of the century were of Irish descent, so when Andrew began boxing as a professional in 1899, he took the ring name Fireman Jim Flynn. He stood just over 5’10” and weighed around 180 pounds. His manager was Tom McGrath, who was best known for developing Tom Sharkey.
Jim began to make a name for himself among Rocky Mountain fight fans a few years later when he went 20 fights without a loss. In 1906, he earned a shot at the heavyweight title, fighting Tommy Burns in Los Angeles. It was a long, brutal fight that saw Jim hit the canvas four times. He was knocked out in the 15th round and had to be carried out of the ring. Referee Eddie Robinson later admitted he should have stopped the fight earlier in the 15th.
One year later, Jim stepped into the ring with Jack Johnson in San Francisco. Johnson gave him a savage beating that ended with an 11th-round knockout. Jim was unconscious for four minutes. Jim scored a huge win in 1910 when he won a decision over heavyweight contender Sam Langford. In their rematch a month later, Langford won by a knockout. They had fought previously in 1908, with Langford winning. Jim’s first fight east of