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Dan McLeod
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DANIEL STEWART McLEOD
(1890-1913)
AKA: George Little
Height: 5'6-1/2"
Weight: 200 .lbs
Born: 1860
Died: June 1958
Titles Held:
American Heavyweight: 1897-1903 (2x)
McLeod was a Nanaimo miner before hitting the road to wrestle in 1890.

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1890
?? San Francisco, CA vs. Pete Schumacher
08/17 San Francisco, CA drew Evan ?Strangler? Lewis
1893
10/?? San Francisco, CA beat Joe Acton
12/?? San Francisco, CA beat Sebastian Miller
1894
03/20 San Francisco, CA beat Thomas McMahon

Police Gazette: (issue of) January 27, 1894
A special to the Police Gazette from San Francisco says: Dan McLeod, the wrestler who recently defeated Sebastian Miller, has issued a challenge to Ernest Roeber to wrestle in a catch-as-catch-can match, best two in three falls, for $2,500 a side. Roeber is the "Police Gazette" champion Graeco Roman wrestler and does not profess to wrestle according to McLeod style.

1895
10/11 Indianapolis, IN beat J.C. Comstock
11/09 Davenport, IA vs. D.H. Carroll
12/12 New York, NY drew Ed Atherton
1896
08/17 Rochester, NY beat Ed Atherton
1897
01/29 Rock Island, IL beat Ed Atherton
05/06 Davenport, IA lost to Martin ?Farmer? Burns
10/26 Indianapolis, IN beat Martin ?Farmer? Burns
*Won the American Heavyweight title
1898
06/16 LuVerne, IA beat Frank Gotch
1899
?? St. Paul, MN beat Hjalmar Lundin
02/24 St. Paul, MN beat George Baptiste
1901
02/?? Montreal, QC beat Paul Pons
03/28 Buffalo, NY beat Mort Henderson
04/22 Buffalo, NY open challenge against all comers
04/29 Buffalo, NY beat Butch Saar
04/30 Buffalo, NY beat Joe Lynn
05/01 Buffalo, NY vs. Tom Davies
05/02 Buffalo, NY beat Jack Anderson
05/03 Buffalo, NY vs. Ernest Green
05/04 Buffalo, NY beat Tom Davies
07/03 Buffalo, NY beat Tom Sharkey
07/18 Hamilton, ON beat Martin Muldoon
07/29 Buffalo, NY beat Ed Atherton
08/15 Buffalo, NY beat Charles Wittmer
11/07 Indianapolis, IN lost to Tom Jenkins
*Lost the American Heavyweight title
1902
04/19 Buffalo, NY drew Jim Parr
06/02 Cleveland, OH beat Kid Clay & Doc Payne
-- Handicap
06/03 Cleveland, OH beat Kid Clay & Charles Weidemeyer
-- Handicap
06/04 Cleveland, OH beat Frank Vacha
06/05 Cleveland, OH beat Frank Vacha & Doc Payne
-- Handicap
06/06 Cleveland, OH beat Eddy Conley
06/10 Cleveland, OH drew Tom Jenkins
06/04 Cleveland, OH lost to Tom Jenkins
10/28 Worcester, MA drew M.J. Dwyer
12/25 Worcester, MA beat Tom Jenkins
*Won the American Heavyweight title (2)


INJURY MAKES TOM JENKINS QUIT
(Chicago Tribune, December 26, 1902)

WORCESTER, Mass., Dec. 25 -- Dan McLeod won the championship of America at catch-as-catch-can wrestling and the $1,500 end of a $2,000 purse in Mechanics' hall before 1,100 people this afternoon by getting the better of Tom Jenkins. Jenkins had a bad leg, caused by blood poisoning, and the pain caused by the points of a brass buckle entering the flesh of this leg made him quit in the third bout.

In order to protect the injured leg Jenkins had a leather bandage with a steel strip down the front of the shin fastened with brass buckles. Two of these were broken in the early part of the match and the brass points dug into his flesh until the pain was unbearable and he was afraid of further blood poisoning.

He had wrestled twenty minutes in the third bout when he told McLeod the condition he was in and offered to quit and call the match a draw or go on wrestling. McLeod insisted on continuing, but Jenkins' manager refused to let the big fellow go on and forfeited the match.

Jenkins won the first fall by a three-quarters Nelson in 59 minutes and McLeod got the second in 24 minutes on a crotch and half Nelson hold.

1903
04/08 Buffalo, NY lost to Tom Jenkins
*Lost the American Heavyweight title
11/06 Montreal, QC beat Antoine Gonthier
12/22 New York, NY lost to Tom Jenkins
1904
01/29 Montreal, QC beat Eugene Tremblay by decision
02/13 Montreal, QC vs. Max Luttberg
03/23 Montreal, QC drew Jim Parr
05/05 Vancouver, BC beat John Berg
05/28 Nanaimo, BC beat Bob Swanson
05/30 Seattle, WA beat Chief Two Feathers
06/16 Vancouver, BC beat Chief Two Feathers
06/18 Bellingham, WA beat Joe Carroll
07/28 Vancouver, BC beat Charles Anderson
08/06 Vancouver, BC lost to Frank Gotch (World champion)
10/05 New Westminster, BClost to Frank Gotch (World champion)
10/20 Vancouver, BC drew Chief War Eagle
10/26 New Westminster, BCdrew Chief War Eagle
11/25 New Westminster, BCbeat Jake Hildebrand
1905
02/17 Montreal, QC vs. Emil Maupas
03/14 Victoria, BC lost to Chris Person
04/07 Vancouver, BC beat Jack Carkeek by decision
05/16 Vancouver, BC lost to Jack Carkeek
12/22 Montreal, QC lost to Frank Gotch (World champion)
12/29 Cleveland, OH drew Tom Jenkins
1906
12/27 Ottumwa, IA beat George Springer
1909
04/20 Waterloo, IA lost to Frank Gotch
1910
06/01 Chicago, IL lost to Charles ?Butcher Boy? Postl
1913
05/27 Los Angeles, CA beat Tony Ajax




FORMER CHAMPION OF THE MAT IS NOW A WRESTLING TEACHER
(By Mark Larkin, November 21, 1916, as appeared in the Reno Evening Gazette)

LOS ANGELES - Dan McLeod, former world's wrestling champion, the only man who ever threw Frank Gotch, is now an instructor of wrestling in the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Dan was champion in the days when there was no such thing as "world's champion." There were all "champions of England" or champions of "Ireland or France or America." With the possible exception of Ernest Roeber, world's champion Greek or Roman wrestler, there was nobody who laid claim to a universal wrestling title.

McLeod tossed Roeber and also such noted mat men as Joe Acton; Tom Cannon, champion of England; Farmer Burns; Mort Henderson, the original masked marvel; and the undefeatable Frank Gotch, whom he threw twice, the last time in a scheduled match with lasted an hour.

These are only a few of the men Dan McLeod had thrown. There is not enough paper on this page to enumerate them all. Dan became a wrestler by accident. He was nagged into a match in British Columbia in the late '80s, whereupon he put a man down so hard that it broke two of his ribs and laid him up in the hospital for six weeks. After that there was no peace for him.

In 1889 he won the Pacific Coast heavyweight wrestling championship. A short time later he turned professional, toured the country giving bouts and meeting all comers. It was on one of these tours that he met and defeated Gotch.

In 1912 McLeod quit the wrestling game to become coach at the Los Angeles Club.

"Instead of defeating 'em myself now," says Dan, "I show the other fellow how to do it. It's much harder to show another fellow than to do it myself, but you don't get so badly messed up."

Since McLeod has become an exponent of the mat sport, he has developed several champions. He coached Otto Linner, Pacific Coast champion in the 130-pound class; John Humerich, 120-pound Coast champ; and Ernest Daggett, 158-pound Pacific Coast titleholder; also George W. Retzer, who represented the LAAC in the 1912 Olympiad held at Stockholm. McLeod is considered the best wrestling coach in the country. Such men as Frank Gotch give him the highest credit.

Career Record Compiled by Vance Nevada with files from J. Michael Kenyon, Don Luce

**66 recorded matches as of October 30, 2004