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.

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