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Many of our ring heroes currently lie in unmarked graves all over the Philadelphia area. Although memories of these men are firmly fixed in our hearts and minds, their final resting places remain anonymous and in danger of being totally forgotten in the coming years. 

In 2005, as part of our mission to remember and honor Philadelphia's boxing legends of the past, Philly Boxing established a program dedicated to placing headstones on these unmarked graves.  As often as possible, we designate one recipient, and along with the family, place a headstone, and hold a memorial service for the public. 

In the initial year of the program, we named Tyrone Everett as the first honoree.  Everett was the inspiration for this entire effort.  He was one of the finest young prospects ever to come out of Philly. His "failed" attempt to win the title is legendary.  But sadly, his life was cut short just six months after his most famous bout.  He was twenty-four years old.  For twenty-eight years, his grave remained unmarked - but no longer.  In December 2005, a beautiful new headstone was placed for Tyrone at Eden Cemetery, in Collingdale, PA. 

We followed this up with a headstone for Gypsy Joe Harris in 2006, and in 2008, Garnet "Sugar" Hart was named as the third honoree. In addition to placing a headstone for Hart, we also interred his cremated remains. The most recent gravestone was for Tacony lightweight legend Eddie Cool and his boxing brother Jimmy Cool.  

This Web site is proud to be involved in this endeavor.  However, we need assistance from anyone willing to help. We ask that anyone who loves and respects the history of Philadelphia boxing help us with this rewarding but costly program. 

If anyone visiting this Web site would like to contribute to our Gravestone Program Fund, we would greatly appreciate the support.

Please consider making a donation to this worthy cause.  As a "thank you", anyone who makes a contribution, will receive a high-quality photo print of their favorite Philadelphia fighter. Donations can be made by PayPal, personal credit card, check, money order or PayPal.

To take action, start by sending us an e-mail with your pledge. Give us your name, mailing address, phone number, e-mail address - and don't forget to tell us your favorite Philly fighter. Follow the instructions below to send us your contribution, and once it is received your photo will be mailed to your address. 

In addition, your name will be added to our on-line list of contributors, found below on this page, and listed in future programs and other printed material related to future events.


First send an e-mail to the address below.

Include your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address & your favorite Philly fighter. 


1. Check or Money Order

Send check or money order to:
"Fairhill Street Productions, LLC / Gravestone Fund" - P.O. Box 428, Sewell, NJ, 08080

(Note: Fairhill Street Productions, LLC is the parent company of

2. Credit Card
If you prefer to make your donation with a credit card please call John at 609-377-6413. We can process your credit card donation over the telephone.

3. PayPal
You can send your donation via PayPal. Select "Send Money" and use
as the Payee / Receiver.


2011 - EDDIE

Eddie Cool, known as the "Tacony Flash", was an Irish-Catholic kid from the streets of Northeast Philly who became a boxing master in the 1930s. He launched his career in 1928 and began scoring wins with a counter - punching  style  that  made him a difficult and highly respected opponent. In 1936, Cool faced lightweight king Lou Ambers in a non-title bout at the Arena. The Pride of Tacony won the grueling bout but not the belt. The impressive boxing skills and toughness that he displayed made him a feared man and he was never granted a rematch or a title shot, despite becoming the #1 contender. He compiled an overall record of 89-28-14 and is considered one of Philly's best kept secrets. But his lifestyle outside of the ring was totally undisciplined and reckless, and it cost him. He died at the age of 35. In December 2011, we placed a headstone on Eddie Cool's unmarked grave at Holly Sepulchre Cemetery.

View Photos of Eddie Cool's (& Jimmy Cool's) gravestone.



2008 - GARNET

Garnet "Sugar" Hart, one of the finest amateur boxers ever to come out of Philadelphia, won the 1954 National AAU  lightweight amateur champion-ship. He turned pro later that same year and became one of the city's most popular attractions. His style was reminiscent of Ray Robinson - quick, slick, hard-punching, and sweet enough to earn him the same nickname of "Sugar". Hart headlined the last big outdoor boxing show at Connie Mack Stadium, facing Gil Turner in 1958. The following year, Hart battled Charley Scott at Convention Hall in perhaps the greatest war in Philly boxing history. Garnet retired from the ring in 1961 and died on October 15, 2003 at age 67.  He was cremated one week later. On May 31, 2008, his ashes were interred and a headstone was placed for Garnet and his beloved mother at Merion Memorial Park in Bala Cynwyd, PA. 

View Photos & Video of Sugar Hart's Gravestone Event



Gypsy Joe Harris was one of the most popular and most talented Philly boxers ever. He stormed up the welterweight ranks in his brief career and even beat reigning champ Curtis Cokes in a 1967 non-title fight. Just one year later, he lost   his   boxing license when it was discovered that he was blind in the right eye. Though he tried to be reinstated, the commission never budged, and at age 22, Harris was left with his championship dreams snuffed. Born to fight, Harris never quite found a new direction for himself. He died of heart failure at age 44 on March 6, 1990. Gypsy Joe was buried in an unmarked grave at Merion Memorial Park in Bala Cynwyd, PA. Philly Boxing placed a headstone for Gypsy Joe Harris in October of 2006. 

View Photos of Gypsy Joe Harris' Gravestone Event



Tyrone Everett was a boxing star from South Philly who dominated his foes with a slick southpaw style that mixed finesse and power. He claimed the North American title in two different weight divisions and challenged Alfredo Escalera for the  world title in 1976. In that bout, Tyrone lost what is often cited as one of boxing's all-time worst decisions. Despite the disputed loss, Everett was still considered an eventual champion with a bright future when he was shot and killed by a jealous girlfriend on May 26, 1977. He was 24. Everett was buried in an unmarked grave at Eden Cemetery in Collingdale, PA. Philly Boxing placed a headstone for Tyrone Everett in December of 2005. Everett remains the inspiration for our gravestone program.

 View Photos of Tyrone Everett's Gravestone



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