"Ad" Wolgast
(Adolph Wolgast)
(the "Michigan Wildcat")

BORN   February 8 1888; Cadillac, Michigan
DIED April 14 1955; Camarillo, California
HEIGHT 5-4 1/2
WEIGHT 118-133 lbs
MANAGER Frank Mulkern, Tom Jones, Larney Lichtenstein
RECORD 61-13-16 (42 KO, 50 ND, 6 EX)

Wolgast was a scrappy, durable, determined "brawler deluxe" with great stamina and a stiff punch; He could hand out the punishment and take it too; Despite his give-and-take style, he lost only one official decision in his first 89 contests; Ad is most famous for his 1910 Lightweight Championship bout against Oscar "Battling" Nelson when he won the title - and accomplished the impossible - by outlasting Nelson

Late in his career and afterwards, Wolgast was taken ill and experienced a loss of memory; He was cared for by Jack Doyle (of Los Angeles, California) and eventually sent to a sanitarium

Charley Rose ranked Wolgast as the #9 All-Time Lightweight; Ad was elected to the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1958 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2000

1906 
Jun 10 Kid Moore                  Petoskey, Mi                      W  6
Jun 28 "Young" Eddie Nelson       Grand Rapids, Mi                 KO  3
Jul 12 "Young" Eddie Nelson       Grand Rapids, Mi                  L  4
Aug  3 Young Kilrain              Grand Rapids, Mi                  W  4
Aug  5 Young Detrick              Grand Rapids, Mi                 KO  2
Aug  6 Kid Bond                   Grand Rapids, Mi                 KO  4
Aug  9 Ted Smith                  Grand Rapids, Mi                  W  4
Sep  3 Ed Smith                   Petoskey, Mi                     KO  7
Sep 15 Kid Cannon                 Grand Rapids, Mi                  W  6
Sep 29 Young Kilrain              Grand Rapids, Mi                 KO  5
Oct 15 Young Mitchell             Grand Rapids, Mi                 KO  3
Oct 19 Peter "Young" Kelly        Grand Rapids, Mi                 KO  3
Nov 15 Johnny DeForest            Lansing, Mi                      KO  5

1907
Feb  1 Gene McGovern              Milwaukee, Wi                     W  6
Feb 12 Jack Nolan                 Milwaukee, Wi                     D  6
Feb 26 Young Kilrain              Fond du Lac, Wi                  KO  2
       Kid Morgan                 Fond du Lac, Wi                  KO  2 
Mar 12 Jack Nolan                 Milwaukee, Wi                     W  6
Mar 15 Buddy Glover               Milwaukee, Wi                    WF  6
Mar 19 Buck Plotell               St. Joseph, Mo                    D 15
Mar 29 Kid Brady                  Milwaukee, Wi                    KO  1
Apr  9 Jeff O'Connell             Milwaukee, Wi                     W  6
Apr 13 Jack Redmond               Milwaukee, Wi                     D  6
Apr 30 Tom Campbell               St. Joseph, Mo                    W 15
May 21 Buddy Glover               Fond du Lac, Wi                  TK  7
May 25 Kid Morris                 Milwaukee, Wi                    TK  3
          -Some sources report "TK 4" against "Young Morris"
Jun 12 Percy Cove                 Oshkosh, Wi                       D  8
Jun 28 Danny Goodman              Milwaukee, Wi                    TK  4
Aug 23 Jeff O'Connell             Racine, Wi                        D  6
Sep 10 Frank Conley               Milwaukee, Wi                     W  8
Sep 15 Jeff O'Connell             St. Joseph, Mo                    W 15
Oct 10 "Irish" Tom Landers        Waukegan, Il                     KO  5
Oct 15 Frank Conley               Milwaukee, Wi                     D  8
Nov 21 Biz Mackay                 Davenport, Ia                    ND  6
Dec 30 Ole Nelson                 Milwaukee, Wi                    KO  1

1908
Jan  1 Buck Plotell               St. Joseph, Mo                   KO  5
Jan 17 Willie Sullivan            Milwaukee, Wi                    TK  5
Jan 18 Jack Nolan                 Milwaukee, Wi                    KO  1
Feb 14 Harry Baker                Milwaukee, Wi                     W 10
Mar 30 Jack Redmond               Milwaukee, Wi                     W  6
Apr  7 Owen Moran                 New York, NY                     ND  6
Apr 24 Frank "Kid" Beebe          Milwaukee, Wi                     W 10
May  6 Frankie Neil               Milwaukee, Wi                     W 10
May 26 Jeff O'Connell             Fond du Lac, Wi                   W  8
May 29 Frank Conley               Racine, Wi                        D  8
Jul  9 Charles Greeley            Cadillac, Mi                     EX  4
Jul 29 Johnny Worth               Cadillac, Mi                     EX  6
Aug 26 Danny Goodman              Racine, Wi                        D  8
Sep 29 Danny Webster              Vernon, Ca                       KO 18
Nov 13 Bubbles Robinson           Los Angeles, Ca                  ND 10
Dec  4 "Young" Kid McCoy          Los Angeles, Ca                  KO  2
Dec 11 Abe Attell                 Los Angeles, Ca                  ND 10
1909
Feb 23 Danny Webster              Los Angeles, Ca                  ND 10
Feb 26 Walter Little              Los Angeles, Ca                  KO  4
Mar  9 Harry Baker                Los Angeles, Ca                  ND 10
Mar 30 Frank Picato               Los Angeles, Ca                  ND 10
Apr 16 George Memsic              Los Angeles, Ca                  ND 10
Jun  5 Tommy Langdon              Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  1
Jun 11 Teddy Peppers              Kansas City, Mo                  KO 10
Jun 19 Tommy O'Toole              Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jul 13 Oscar "Battling" Nelson    Los Angeles, Ca                  ND 10
Sep  1 "Harlem" Tommy Murphy      Pittsburgh, Pa                   ND  6
Sep  7 Matty Baldwin              Boston, Ma                        D 12
Nov 14 Henri Piet                 New Orleans, La                  KO  2
Nov 29 Lew Powell                 San Francisco, Ca                 W 20
Dec 21 Frank Picato               Los Angeles, Ca                  ND 10

1910
Jan  7 George Memsic              Los Angeles, Ca                  ND 10
          -Some sources report 1/09/10
Feb 22 Oscar "Battling" Nelson    Point Richmond, Ca               TK 40
          -Lightweight Championship of the World;
           Some sources report "TK 42"
May  6 Albert "Buck" Crouse       Pittsburgh, Pa                   EX  4
May 30 Charles White              Cadillac, Mi                     EX  6
       George "Kid" Lavigne       Detroit, Mi                      EX  2
Jun 10 Jack Redmond               Milwaukee, Wi                    ND 10
Aug  9 Freddie Cole               Muncie, In                       ND  6
Sep 29 Tommy McFarland            Fond du Lac, Wi                  ND 10

1911
Feb  8 K.O. Brown                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Mar  3 K.O. Brown                 New York, NY                     ND 10
Mar 17 George Memsic              Vernon, Ca                       TK  9
          -Lightweight Championship of the World
Mar 31 Anton LaGrave              San Francisco, Ca                TK  5
          -Lightweight Championship of the World
Apr 26 "One-Round" Hogan          New York, NY                     TK  2
May 27 "Oakland" Frankie Burns    San Francisco, Ca                TK 17
          -Lightweight Championship of the World
Jul  4 Owen Moran                 San Francisco, Ca                KO 13
          -Lightweight Championship of the World

1912
May 11 Willie Ritchie             San Francisco, Ca                ND  4
May 17 Freddie Daniels            St. Joseph, Mo                   ND  4
May 31 "Young" Jack O'Brien       Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jul  4 "Mexican" Joe Rivers       Vernon, Ca                       TK 13
          -Lightweight Championship of the World
Sep 16 Kid Black                  Grand Rapids, Mi                 EX  3
Sep 16 Eddie Wosinski             Grand Rapids, Mi                 EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Oct 16 Teddy Maloney              Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Oct 25 Freddie Daniels            Quincy, Il                       ND  6
Nov  4 Joe Mandot                 New Orleans, La                  ND 10
Nov 28 Willie Ritchie             Colma, Ca                        LF 16

1913
Feb 22 "Harlem" Tommy Murphy      Colma, Ca                         D 20
          -Some sources report "Daly City, Ca"
Apr 19 "Harlem" Tommy Murphy      Colma, Ca                         L 20
          -Some sources report "Daly City, Ca"
Sep  1 Joe Azevedo                Oakland, Ca                       L 10
Oct 13 Oscar "Battling" Nelson    Milwaukee, Wi                    ND 10
Dec 19 Charles White              Milwaukee, Wi                    ND 10

1914
Jan  1 Jack Redmond               Milwaukee, Wi                    TK  5
Jan 23 "Mexican" Joe Rivers       Milwaukee, Wi                    ND 10
Jan 29 Rudie Unholz               Fond du Lac, Wi                  TK  2
Feb 16 Tommy Gary                 Cincinnati, Oh                   ND 10
Feb 23 Jack Lepper                Ionia, Mi                        KO  4
Mar 12 Willie Ritchie             Milwaukee, Wi                    ND 10
Apr 23 Johnny Tillman             Hudson, Wi                       ND 10
May  2 Billy Wagner               Kalamazoo, Mi                    ND 10
Sep 18 Joe Mandot                 Milwaukee, Wi                    ND 10
Oct 23 Billy Wagner               Flint, Mi                        ND 10
Oct 27 Tommy Gary                 Streator, Il                     ND 10
Nov  2 Freddie Welsh              New York, NY                     LT  8
          -Wolgast broke a bone in his arm and could not continue;
           Some sources report "LT 9"

1915
Feb  8 Cy Smith                   Columbus, Oh                     ND 12
May 18 Ritchie Mitchell           Milwaukee, Wi                    ND 10
Jun  2 Leach Cross                New York, NY                     ND 10
Jun  9 "Young" Lester White       Appleton, Wi                     KO  7
Jul 23 Rocky Kansas               Buffalo, NY                      ND 10
Aug  1 Steve Ketchel              Forest Park, Il                  ND 10
Aug  2 Dauber Jaeger              Oshkosh, Wi                      TK  7
Aug  6 Joe Welling                Duluth, Mn                       ND 10
          -Some sources report 8/07/15
Aug 30 Packey Hommey              New York, NY                     ND 10
Sep 27 Bobby Waugh                Shreveport, La                   LF  6
Oct 11 Gene Delmont               Memphis, Tn                       W  8
Oct 28 Hal Stewart                Fort Wayne, In                   ND 10
Nov  8 Eddie McAndrews            Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Nov  9 Packey Hommey              Toledo, Oh                       ND 10
Nov 17 Jimmy Murphy               LaCrosse, Wi                     ND 10
Nov 29 Jimmy Murphy               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Dec 10 Frank Whitney              Atlanta, Ga                      LT  5
          -Some sources report 12/14/15
Dec 17 Leach Cross                New York, NY                     LT  2

1916
Feb  7 Frankie Burns              Kansas City, Mo                  ND 10
Mar  6 Freddie Welsh              Milwaukee, Wi                    ND 10
Mar 21 Ever Hammer                Racine, Wi                       ND 10
          -Some sources report 3/31/16
Apr 28 Joe "Wop" Flynn            Denver, Co                        W 15
May  3 Willie "Young" Gradwell    Windsor, Ont, Can                TK  6
May 17 Pat "Young" Gilbert        Salt Lake City, Ut               KO  6
Jun  2 Frankie Murphy             Denver, Co                       TK  5
Jun 13 Frankie Russell            St. Louis, Mo                    LF  4
Jun 20 Stewart Donnelly           Richmond, In                     TK  3
Jul  4 Freddie Welsh              Denver, Co                       LF 11
          -Lightweight Championship of the World
Aug 25 Frankie Callahan           Brooklyn, NY                     ND 10
Sep  4 Lee Morrissey              Idaho Falls, Id                   D 20
          -Some sources report 9/05/16
Sep 29 Battling Nick              San Diego, Ca                     L  4
Oct  6 Chet Neff                  Seattle, Wa                       D  4 
Nov 30 Frankie Russell            New Orleans, La                   D 20
          -Some sources report "W 20"

1919
       "Fighting" Frank Beaver    Yuma, Az                          D  6 
       Earl France                Phoenix, Az                       L 10 
Sep 11 Lee Morrissey              Yuma, Az                          D 10 
       Walter Kane                Yuma, Az                         KO  8 
Dec 23 Billy Alvarez              Bakersfield, Ca                   L  4 

1920
Sep  6 Lee Morrissey              San Bernardino, Ca                D  4

Record courtesy of Tracy Callis, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization
 
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