The Baltimore Afro-American – December 31, 1946
The first of a series of wrestling matches with non-white participants will be launched here at the Baltimore Gardens, Fayette St. near Paca, on Jan. 9.
Full cards are to be held weekly, under sponsorship of the Globe Athletic Association with Manuel Hoffman as promoter.
These cards are to be built around Frank James of Boston, a 210-pounder, who has wrestled extensively throughout the North and is billed as the “Joe Louis of Wrestling.”
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The card on Jan 9, will feature James in a two-out-of-three fall match with Mondel “Killer” Crump, a 200-pounder of this city.
Supporting matches on this initial card will include:
John Scrapple, 170, vs. Charlie Duvall, 170, both of Baltimore.
Ernest Lucky, 160, Mt. Winans vs. Lee Rainey, 160, Baltimore.
Johnnie Kane, 240, of Morgan State College vs. Big Boy Jones, 230, of Mt. Winans.
Present plans are, according to Mr. Hoffman, to have several of the women professional wrestlers, now in the North, to appear on cards here.