Andy Mulligan

Andrew M. Stringer, also known as Patsy Mulligan and Andy Mulligan, born November 29th, 1870 in Walla Walla, Washington Territory1 was a boxing promoter and manager who may have been an owner of the Hot Springs Arlingtons.


Stringer was the son of Robert J. Stringer and Susan M. Murphy, Irish immigrants and western pioneers who settled in Washington Territory in 1867.2 3 By 1890, Stringer was a well-known bantam-weight prizefighter who fought under the name Patsy Mulligan. On July 19th of that year, an altercations between Mulligan and a Spokane, WA man ended when Mulligan was shot in the back.4 He was initially suspected to succumb to the injury, but recovered and attempted to return to prizefighting.5 However, he instead became a prizefighting matchmaker and promoter. He became the manager of the Puget Sound Athletic Club in Tacoma, WA6 and later the matchmaker of the Louisville Athletic Club in July, 1898.7 In November, 1899, Mulligan accepted a position as the manager of the Hot Springs Athletic Association in Hot Springs, AR.8 He remained in Hot Springs as a matchmaker through 1906. While there, he was the lessee of Whittington Park, which also hosted the game of the Hot Springs Arlingtons. It was later suggested that Mulligan may have had some interest in the Arlingtons:

"[Mulligan] operated and conducted Whittington Park at Hot Springs, Ark., for a number of years. Here all the big league clubs trained in the winter, and in the summer he had a club in the Arkansas State League. He also managed and owned a colored team there, and it was on his club that the famous 'Rube' Foster first started to play ball."9

In 1910, Mulligan briefly took over the management of the Memphis Athletic Club,10 but soon returned to the Northwest where he entered business and politics.11 12 He continued to be active in boxing promotion for many more years.

Stringer lived most of his later life in Spokane, WA.13 He died in Seattle, WA on September 25th, 1947.14