Eddie
Chaney


EDDIE CHANEY was born Edward Zajac on August 30, 1907 in New Jersey to Frank and Mary Zajac, both of whom were from the Polish province of Posen. By 1920 the family was living at 1165 Morton Street in the Whitman Park section of Camden, in those years the home of many Polish immigrants, In that year Frank Zajac was working as a chipper in one of Camden's many shipyards. The Zajacs were related to the Novak family, who lived at 442 Jackson Street in Camden's old Eighth Ward. 

Eddie Chaney was one of the many fine lightweight fighters to come out of South Camden in the 1920s, a group that included Lew Skymer and his brother Tommy, Jackie Hindle, Frankie Rapp, Mickey Blair, Roxie Allen, and others. He was boxing professionally as early as 1927, and stayed in the ring into the 1930s. His known boxing record, below, is woefully incomplete as of this writing.

After leaving the ring Eddie Chaney worked as a mechanic. When the 1947 Camden City Directory was compiled, he lived with wife Florence and daughter Mary at 1287 Decatur Street, in the same neighborhood in which he had grown up. At that time his parents were still living at the Morton Street address. He retained an interest in boxing, and was an active member of Veteran's Boxing Association Ring No. 6, which was based in Camden.

Around 1954 Eddie Chaney acquired the bar at 1050 Mechanic Street, the southwest corner of Mt. Ephraim Avenue and Mechanic Street. This bar, known as Club Cadix, had been previously owned by Camden organized crime figure Fred Klosterman. The establishment was renamed Chaney's Bar, and operated under that name into the 1970s.

Eddie Chaney was last a resident of Oaklyn NJ. He passed away in January of 1983.


KNOWN RECORD
This record may be incomplete/inaccurate.

Won 10 (KOs 0) | Lost 19 | Drawn 0 Total 19
date opponent w-l-d
last 6
result
1930-03-15 Larry Hildebrandt 5 2 1
Millville Arena, Millville
L
PTS
1930-03-14 Larry Hildebrandt 4 2 1
Taubel Arena, Millville
L
PTS
1929-06-04 Louie Lavelle 45 21 10
Fort Benjamin Harrison, Lawrence
L
KO
1929-05-06 Young Todd debut
Waltz Dream Arena, Atlantic City
W
KO
1928-03-16 Jack Gallagher 28 14 5
Cambria A.C., Philadelphia
L
PTS
1927-10-07 Al Winkler 36 8 6
City A.C., Camden
L
KO
1927-09-23 Mickey Blair 23 2 0
Convention Hall, Camden
W
NWS
1927-08-05 Mickey Blair 21 2 0
Public Service Ball Park, Camden
L
NWS
1927-07-15 Mickey Russell 10 12 4
Public Service Ball Park, Camden
W
NWS
1927-03-11 Artie McCann 41 18 5
Convention Hall, Camden
W
NWS
1926-11-01 Jimmy Brock 10 6 3
104th Regiment Armory, Baltimore
L
KO
1926-10-22 Jack Hindle 4 7 7
Convention Hall, Camden
L
NWS
1926-09-24 Mickey Diamond 8 7 5
Convention Hall, Camden
W
NWS
1926-09-17 Roxie Allen 7 1 2
Public Service Ball Park, Camden
L
NWS
1926-09-03 Jack Hindle 3 6 7
Public Service Ball Park, Camden
W
NWS
1926-08-06 Joe Spearing 2 1 0
Public Service Ball Park, Camden
L
NWS
1926-07-08 Tommy White 82 9 7
Baton Rouge
L
KO
1926-05-18 Jackie Moore 1 4 1
Block Stadium, San Antonio
L
KO
1926-04-22 Roxie Allen 4 1 1
Convention Hall, Camden
L
NWS
1926-04-16 Sammy Moffo 5 0 0
Convention Hall, Camden
L
NWS
1926-04-13 Fred Mahan 7 4 1
National Theater, San Antonio
L
KO
1926-03-19 Benny Cramer debut
Convention Hall, Camden
W
NWS
1926-03-16 Bobby Fernandez 6 1 1
National Theater, San Antonio
L
TKO
1926-03-02 Merced Montes 19 30 6
Market Hall, San Antonio
L
NWS
1926-01-26 Newsboy Eddie Lopez 4 4 1
Market Hall, San Antonio
W
KO
1925-11-05 Joe Spearing Temple Theater, Camden, NJ, USA
L
NWS
1925-06-22 Angelo Giudici 1 1 0
Waltz Dream Arena, Atlantic City
W
KO
1925-06-04 Solly Weinstein debut
Public Service Ball Park, Camden
L
NWS
1924-06-16 Johnny Hayes 12 14 4
Holly A.A., Mount Holly
W
TKO

 


 

 

 

 

Camden Courier-Post
July 31, 1926

Mickey Blair
Billy Moffo
Public Services Ball Park
Joe Spearing
Eddie Chaney
Temple Theater
Tommy Boylan
Rey Weigand
Kid Bevo
Tommy Lyons

 

 

 

 


Camden Courier-Post * August 7, 1926

Mickey Blair Wins Mythical Lightweight Crown by Decisive Victory Over Sammy Moffo
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Mickey Blair
Sammy Moffo
Frank H. Ryan
Joe Spearing
Eddie Chaney
Ray Weigand
Tommy Boylan
Jack Dundee
Ked Bevo
Joe Robinson
Dan Dean
Joe Valentine
Tommy Lyons

 

 



Camden Courier-Post - January 21, 1928

Johnny Oakey Outslugs Johnny Haystack in One of Wildest Scraps Ever Staged at Convention Hall 
'COBBLE' THROWER WINS WILD AND WOOLY BATTLE
Haystack Proves Tough 'Egg' and Gives Trenton Lad a Great Big for Decision
MICHAELS STOPS DUNDEE

By Tom Ryan

If Johnny Haystack, of Binghamton NY, and Johnny Oakey, the Trenton “cobble thrower,” aren’t suffering from headaches today then neither one of them ever will.

For that pair of bone-crushing middleweights staged one of the wildest scrapes seen here in many moons at Convention halt last night. Oakey gaining the verdict by a fair margin in an eight-round fuss which included more heavy ‘rocking and socking” than is piled into a dozen ordinary combats. 

Oakey threw more 'cobbles' than Haystack threw 'bricks’ with the result that he was credited with five rounds, while Haystack was given the edge in the remaining three periods.

Besides the feature fracas, four other skirmishes were presented to a fair-sized crowd .

In the eight-round semi-flnal, Al Rowe, of Philadelphia. who was finally secured to box Mickey Griffin, of Newark. after Eddie Chaney of Whitman Park, and Joey Blake, of Conshohocken both were forced to withdraw from this match, gave Griffin a nifty boxing lesson to win the tilt hands down. Jackie Hindle, of Camden, outpointed Jackie Cassell, of Norristown, in the main preliminary of six rounds; Joey Michaels, of Riverside. scored his sixth straight knockout here when he flattened Jack Dundee, of Philadelphia, in the second round of the second bout, while Bert Brown, of East Camden, disposed of Fred Risco, of Philadelphia in the third chapter of the opener.

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Rowe Displays Brilliant Form

There was nothing to the semi-final but Rowe. After Griffen had held the clever Philadelphian even in the first session, Rowe stepped on it and won every one of the remaining seven rounds. He owns one of the best left hands trotted out for inspection here in some time. Al jabbed, hooked, and upper-cutted with that wing to such an extent that Griffen must have thought he was mixed up in a gang fight and that everybody was tanking "picks" at him.

Rowe had Mickey in bad shape in the closing rounds but lacked the punch to put him away. However, his showing was tophole throughout and won him a host of admirers. He weighed 128, while Griffen tipped the beam at 130-1/2.

Hindle looked like himself again in his fuss with Cassell. Jackie forced the issue, hit harder and cleaner and won four rounds by clean-cut margins. He carried the first, second, fifth and sixth while Cassell won the fourth with the third being even-up. Hindle's judgment of distance was far better than when he last appeared here, few of his punches missing the target. He weighed 136, while Cassell was one pound heavier.

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Brown didn't have much trouble with Risoc in the opener. The latter was game and willing but far to inexperienced to cope with his foeman. Brown won the first two sessions and stopped his opponent with a flurry of body punches in the third. Brown came in at 131, while Risco weighed 134-1/2.


Camden Courier-Post - January 26, 1928

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Eddie Chaney

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Camden Courier-Post
December 18, 1939

Joe Spearing
Jersey Joe Walcott - Roxie Allen
Frankie Blair -
Mickey Blair
Tommy Ricco - Battling Mack
Lew Skymer - Jackie Hindle
Charlie Mack -
Eddie Chaney
Young O'Connor
- Frankie Rapp
Pee Wee Ross - Bobby Zimmerman
Nick Nichols - Joey Allen
Johnny Lucas - Joey Straiges
Jim Braddock - Sgt. Ray Smith
Walter "Walter West" Kennedy
Caesar Campana
Johnny Duca - Mickey Duca - Al White
George Chaney - Benny Bass - Kid Williams
Johnny Buff - Danny Kramer - Pete Williams
Shamus Maguire - Lew Jackson - Paddy Lyons
Johnny Attell - Billy Marino - Young Firpo
Young Palmer - Tommy Dundee
Tommy McCann
Harry Shaw - Tom Walters
All Ettore - Joey O'Donnell
Mike DeLeece - Young Lawrence
Charlie Harris - Bill McFarland
Dominick Lombardo
Daniel Gallasso
James McSparrin
Paul Daly

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Camden Courier-Post * December 20, 1939

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Frank Kopesky - James Braddock - Jersey Joe Walcott - Roxie Allen - Frankie Blair - Mickey Blair
Lew Skymer - Battling Mack -
Joe Spearing- Frankie Rapp - Johnny Lucas - Joey Straiges - Joey Allen
Sgt. Ray SmithTommy Ricco - Al Daley - Jackie Hindle -
Eddie Chaney
 Caesar Campana - Young O'Connors - Charlie Mack - Pee Wee Ross - Bobby Zimmerman
Buck Flemming - Joe Shannon -Kayo Palmer - Pat Lawrence- Dave Lambert
Young Lawrence - Archie McNew - Lou Jackson - Al White - Young Palmer - Tommy Dundee
Joe Mangold - Joey O'Donnell  - Young Joe Firpo

Camden Courier-Post * March 19, 1949















Charley Humes
Roxie Allen
Mickey Blair
Shamus Maguire
Eddie Chaney
Pee Wee Ross
Jackie Hindle
Watson FInch
George Abner
Nick Nichols
Dixie Allen
Mike O'Dowd
Benny Leonard
Pete Herman
Jimmy Wilde
Gene Tunney
John Smith
Lee Smith
Lou McFarland
Higgins & Kaplam
Tommy James
Sgt. Ray Smith
Pose Robinson
Willie Davis
Harry Smith
Jim Kelly

Temple Theatre
Newt Blanchard
Broadway Theater
Convention Hall
Plaza Hotel
Roy R. Stewart
Mike Brennan
Tommy Loughran
Jack Dempsey











K.O. Joey O'Donnell

Frankie Conway
Willie Spencer
Charlie Daggert
Jimmy Rafferty
Eddie "Kid" Wagner
Young Sherlock
Eddie Forrest
Battling Nelson
Willie Fuller
Joey O'Connor

Chick Hunt
Eddie Melson

Joe "Kid" FIsher
Harry "Dick" Donoh
ue
Nick Nichols
Eddie Prince
Johnny Sapio












Weber's Gof Brau
Young Joe Grim
Edward Garrity
George Murphy
Eddie Tighe
Richie Joehner
Jimmy Tighe
Jimmy Jordan
Eddie Douglas
Bobby Graham
Steve Jackson
Frankie McLaughlin
Neil McLaughlin
Johnny "Homo" Bryan
Duncan Carswell
Jimmy Dean
Jack Dean

Theo Ellick
Joe Spearing
"Red" Haines
Standard Theater











Everett Joslin
John Taylor

Joey Powell
Soldier Freeman
Victor King
Augie Oswald
Charlie Mack
Battling Mack

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Camden Courier-Post - August 6, 1951

Ring 6 Committee Meets Tonight

The committee on arrangements for the third annual picnic and field day to be held by Ring No. 6, VBA, will hold a meeting tonight, at 220 Cooper Street, starting at 8 o'clock.

Lew Skymer and Jo Spearing co-chairmen, request the presence of all members of the committee, which includes Vic Righter, Ed Adams, Frankie Youker, Larry Hildebrand, Frank DiSalvio, A. Gartland, Bob Kavanaugh, Tom Reitzes, Patsy Carlo, Peewee Ross, Al Ambrosino.

Also W. DiPaolo, K.O. Riley, John Knowles, Tommie Saul, Eddie Chaney, Bobby Zimmer, Tony Tilman, Tommy Carr, George Ealer, and William Jeffries.  


Ring No. 6 Veterans Boxing Association
10th Annual Banquet Program - 1959


Chaney's Bar

March 16, 2003

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