("The Human Hairpin"; November 18, 1880, in Chicago, Illinois
– June 5, 1959, in New York City) was an American boxer
Harris was World Bantamweight
Champion in 1901–02.
Harris turned professional in 1896 at the age of 16.
Exceptionally tall for a bantamweight, his physique belied his considerable knockout power. Nonetheless, Harris was known as "The Human Hairpin."
Harris stood a shade less than 5' 8", and weighed only 105 pounds. At the turn of the century there was no class to accommodate his weight, so he was relegated to the 116-pound Bantamweight Division. At the outset of his career, Harris weighed only 96 pounds and was pitted against opponents who were as many as 20 pounds heavier.
Harris claimed the Bantamweight title in 1900, when titleholder Terry McGovern
vacated his throne due to excess weight. However, two Englishmen, Harry Ware and Pedlar Palmer
(born Thomas Palmer), also claimed the title, so Harris sailed to England to meet the claimants. Once there, Ware declined to fight Harris, preferring to forfeit his title claim. Palmer accepted the challenge, but not without his handlers proffering gamesmanship
provocations in Harris’ direction. Nonetheless, Harris fought and beat Palmer in 15 rounds for the undisputed crown.
A year later, however, weight problems forced Harris to relinquish his title.
He successfully fought five more bouts as a featherweight
In 1906, he returned to the ring as... Read More