Sporting and Athletic

The Sunday Call – January 2, 1887

Col. J. H. McLaughlin, the ex-champion wrestler, is now a conductor on a western train.

Homer Lane, once the undisputed champion collar-and-elbow wrestler of the world, is now doing exhibition wrestles every night at a resort on the Bowery, New York, with Viro Small, “Black Sam,” as a vis-à-vis.  What a terrible come down for the old man!

Viro Small, Noted Colored Wrestler

The National Police Gazette – June 3, 1882

"Black Sam," COLORED CHAMPION WRESTLER OF VERMONT.

“Black Sam,”
COLORED CHAMPION WRESTLER OF VERMONT.

In this issue we publish a picture of Viro Small, better known as “Black Sam,” of Vermont, the colored wrestler.  He was born at Buford, South Carolina, in 1854.  He stands 5ft. 9 ¼ in. in height and weighs 184 lbs.  In 1870 he went to St. Albans, Vt., where he resided until 1881, when he came to this city to give exhibitions at wrestling at Owney Geoghegan’s Old House at Home.  While sojourning in Vermont he won numerous matches, defeating Jack Callan, W. Downey and others.  On April 27, 1882, in this city, he defeated Wm. Johnson, of Rutland, Vt., in a collar-and-elbow match for a purse.

Ivan Michaloff Is Versatile Wrestler

Asheville Citizen – February 27, 1918

Weighing 225 pounds and in perfect physical condition, Ivan Michaloff, crack Siberian wrestler, arrived in Asheville yesterday from New York. Ivan is on his way to Spartanburg, where he is going on the invitation of United States Army officer friends stationed at Camp Wadsworth, who are endeavoring to have him made physical instructor at this camp.  Continue reading

Ed Smith Says Tom Jones To Make Willard A Champ

Chicago American – April 1913
By Ed. W. Smith

Tom Jones really is going to manage Jess Willard, the elongated “white hope.” Further, Jess isn’t ungrateful and is going to make amends to Charley Cutler, the heavyweight wrestler who brought him out and grub-staked him while he was preparing himself for tests in the early stages of his ring career. Continue reading

Society Likes Wrestling

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – March 19, 1931

If wrestling starts up here the society editors may find themselves overworked a little, for in the revival of the ancient game, the people with names that are dear to society editors are going in for wrestling in a big way. Continue reading

Mystery Man In Fourth Straight Win

San Jose News – November 18, 1943

Keeps Mask

Casey Draws With Kayo Koverly In Semi-Windup

The “Green Phantom,” latest hooded mystery man of the mat game, chalked up his fourth straight victory here last night by disposing of Hans Schnabel, the powerful Dutchman, in the one-hour main event.

A capacity house attended last night’s matches. Continue reading

Don’t Get Excited Over Talk Of Mixed Match, Says Menke

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer – January 15, 1923
By Frank G. Menke

NEW YORK — Do not become unduly exercised over the “scheduled” mixed match involving Jack Dempsey and Strangler Lewis.

Chances are that it’s merely a bit of hokum designed to get a little publicity for Dempsey, Lewis and the town of Wichita, Kan. Continue reading

Shadows Of The Past

Savannah Morning News – February 13, 1933
By I.C. Brenner

Ernest Roeber is seventy-three years old, yet physically fit to romp around the mat for an hour or more refereeing championship wrestling matches. He often is booed because he has slowed up a bit and cannot get out of the way of flying tackles quickly enough to suit those who think that he interferes with the wrestlers too much, but the fans admit that there isn’t an official in the game today who knows more about wrestling and is more capable than the veteran Roeber. Continue reading

Girl Grapplers Score Hit In Wrestling Bout

Norfolk Ledger-Dispatch – March 18, 1937
By Tom Reilly

Close to 2,000 persons, some skeptical, but all curious, jammed their way into the City Auditorium last night to witness the novel spectacle of two fair young lassies doing a bit of grappling, &, judging from the general tenor of the talk around town today, the mauling misses scored a smashing hit with their surprisingly rough, fast brand of wrestling. Continue reading

Russian Wins Fast Contest

The Argus – November 15, 1937

Wrestling Season Ends

Wrestling of a high standard was presented by Matros Kirllenko (16.1) the Russian who defeated Francois Fouche (6.9), the debonair Frenchman, by two falls to one at West Melbourne Stadium on Saturday night. It was the last match of the season. Continue reading