Sunday Herald – February 17, 1957
ON YOUR MARK… Just for kicks, of course. Police Sgt. Edward Garrity, right, is just kidding as he makes to tackle the villain of the police VFW past annual wrestling show. Peace-maker in center is Ptlmn William Kearns.
Hartford’s own “Bull” Curry returned briefly to his home town from his mid-West haunts, to stage a roaring exhibition of wrestling for the benefit of his former police buddies’ VFW post.
The “Wild Bull” former holder of a couple of titles in the Texas grappling circuit, pulled out all the stops in his bout this week with the “Golden Boy of the Mat” and mayhem reigned.
RUNNING BATTLE… Squared circle at Foot Guard Hall was not big enough to contain a couple of busy wrestlers. Villain Bull Curry, snarling pleasantly the while, gets tidy grip on his opponent and tarnishes “golden boy of the mat.” Ptlmn. William LaDuke, at rear, keeps his distance. (All photos by Dave Ploss)
His worthy opponent, Arnold Skoland, spent much time during the evening at the Foot Guard Hall flying through the air between the ring and the front row seats.
A packed house shrieked with glee when Curry, the obvious villain, on a few occasions had a taste of his own type of devilry from the Golden Boy.
TIT FOR TAT… Hartford-born wrestling sensation Bull Curry, who spent the evening tossing his opponent out of the ring, lands in the third row after fans in foreground ducked neatly to one side to give him room. But the Bull, even though he may not look it here was a winner.
Agile ringsiders dodged many a flying body and several, steamed up at Curry’s tactics, dove into the fracas to aid the suffering Skoland.
The referee, marvelously patient with the fouling “Bull,” wasn’t immune – he lost his shirt in a tug-o-war, attempting to keep the Golden Boy from getting a threatened kick in the teeth.
PROMOTERS… On the committee of the Hartford Police Post 2849, VFW, which sponsored the annual wrestling show at Foot Guard Hall are L-R: Kneeling, Ptlmn. Thomas Killian and Robert Lavoie and Lt. Alfred Garafolo. Standing, Ptlmn. Daniel Lombardo, Donald Chafin, Francis Fenton, Francesco Niro, John Roach, Frank Rojewski and William Kearns.
The hero, Skoland, lost two of the three falls to a myriad of props applied by the ingenious Curry. They included a handful of pop corn applied to the eyes and ground in, a lead weight held in the fist to add zip to illegal punches, and the ring ropes slyly unfastened and used, neatly draped around the neck to make breathing difficult.
All these tricks were warily applied so that only the audience (hah!) knew they were taking place.
HEY, POLICE;… Ptlmn. Francesco Niro, left, stands idly by and watches assault and battery upon wrestler Skoland as wrestler Curry growls at both from the ring. No pinch was necessary.
A good time was had by all and shortly after the match, the two opponents could be seen walking side by side to the train where they embarked for another town and another bout, again to tear each other apart.
WHATCHA SAY?… Fans leap from their chairs at annual wrestling show sponsored by the Hartford Police Post 2849, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Former Hartford cop Bull Curry “defeated” Arnold Skoland. (Photos by Dave Ploss)
ON THE ROPES… Or maybe we should say the ropes are on villain Bull Curry, when Arnold (The Golden Boy of the Mat) Skoland uses them to flatten his slippery opponent. Even with the aid of the ropes and ring posts, Arnold came out a loser.