Chargers’ Ladd Debut March 26

Chicago Defender – March 19-25, 1966

Ernie Ladd, giant Negro defensive tackle in pro football, will make his Chicago debut in wrestling March 26 when he meets Bulldog Plechas in the Amphitheatre, 43rd and Halstead Sts.

Ladd, who played with the San Diego Chargers in the American pro football league last year, was supposed to sign with the Houston Oilers for 1966 but Joe Foss, the AFL commissioner nullified the deal on the charge of tampering.

Ladd stands six feet, eight inches and weighs over 300 pounds. He was originally a student at Grambling College in Grambling, La., and hails from Orange, Texas. He is 27 years of age. He meets a tough and experienced wrestler in Plechas.

Headlining the March 26th card will be a return match between Dick the Bruiser and Mad Dog Vachon. In their first encounter, the Bruiser was counted out when he fell from the ring. In a tag match, Wilbur Snyder and Verne Gagne face the team of the Assassins. Johnny Valentine of Hollywood wrestles Bobby Managoff of Chicago.

Pat O’Connor meets Angelo Poffo and Ivan Volkoff faces Santiago Acosta. First match starts at 8:30 p.m.

2 responses to “Chargers’ Ladd Debut March 26

  1. Wow. Great score man. I grew up reading about Ernie Ladd’s wars with Andre in the old Apter mags. His rant on whiskey immortalized on Youtube is one of my all time favorite shoots.

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