Sorakichi’s Leg Broken

The New York Times – February 16, 1886

CHICAGO, Feb. 15. – The catch-as-catch-can wrestling match to-night, under the management of Parson Davies, between Evan Lewis, of Madison, Wis., and Matsada Sorakichi, the Japanese, was decided in less than one minute.  Scarcely had the wrestlers shaken hands when the two were rolling each other about on the floor, and Lewis, seizing Sorakichi’s left leg, bent it over his own by main strength, until the Jap’s limb was dislocated.  Lewis was awarded the match, and was hissed and cursed without stint.  Over 300 people were present.

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