Category Archives: 1889

Billy Muldoon The Apollo

The Williamsport Sunday Grit – January 6, 1889

There are fifteen or twenty prominent professional wrestlers now before the public, but there are not more than a half dozen of them that have much more than a living out of their profession. H.M. Dufur, the collar-and-elbow wrestler, is probably the richest man in the business. He lives at Marlboro, Mass., where he has an elegant home, with plenty of good, paying property. Dufur is worth $50,000. He did not earn it on the mattress, but acquired it by inheritance. William Muldoon, the solid man and the Apollo Belvedere of all wrestlers, probably comes next on the list. Twelve years ago handsome Billy carried a club and paraded as one of the special squad of Broadway “collars.” Muldoon has been a big drawing card ever since he started out as a wrestler. He is also known in the profession as a cold man, and has put a hammer-lock on every dollar that has fallen into his possession. He owns a good farm near Belfast, N.Y., and has besides about $15,000 in other investments. Muldoon would have been better off but for the failure of the Marine Bank in which he was loser to the extent of $16,000. Tom Cannon, the English wrestler, who now makes Cincinnati his home, is one of the “savers” of the business. No better hustler ever lived than this same Cannon, and no one likes “beans,” as he calls money, better than he does. Tom will go to any point for a match, no matter when, if he sees a chance for turning a dollar. He was worth about $5,000 in 1885, but his trip to Australia helped him greatly. He made no less than $11,000 in the antipodes, and returned with about $7,000 of it. Besides Tom married well, his wife being a prospective heir to a farm worth about $15,000. Duncan C. Ross, the Scotch athlete and wrestler, has probably earned more money than all the rest of the wrestlers put together. He is the best jobber and hippodromer in the business, and he works skin matches so well as to always have a good “gate.” Ross is a great “spender,” however. He lets his wealth go with the prodigality of a drunken sailor. Nothing is too good for the Scotch athlete or his friends. For all that, Duncan is not a pauper by any means. He is worth $20,000 or $25,000 and, like Cannon, has been all over the world. Professor Miller is also well to do. He is worth at least $20,000, but he received it from his father’s estate. Joe Acton, “the little demon,” who for years stood head and shoulders above any catch-as-catch-can man in the country, is not worth a dollar. Joe is indolent and a poor business man. He has always had some one to manage his affairs, and is not a good hustler. He is also an intemperate man.

A Draw Between Lewis And Carkeek

The Philadelphia Record – December 11, 1889

The wrestling match between Evan Lewis, “the Strangler,” and Jack Carkeek at the Standard Theatre was one of the best ever witnessed in this city.  The men stripped at about equal weight, and the contest proved very even.  For fifteen minutes each man did his utmost to gain a fall, but neither succeeded.  Carkeek showed to splendid advantage in the early part of the bout, but Lewis forced matters all through the last half.  Both men were badly blown at the finish.  Catch-as-catch-can rules governed.  Ernest Roeber was the referee.


The Toronto Daily Mail – January 30, 1889


A wrestling bout took place yesterday morning in Tom Rackstraw’s barber’s shop, between Wm. Noble and James O’Halloran, for $25 aside, one fall.  After struggling desperately for twenty minutes Mr. O’Halloran gained the fall, which afforded the liveliest satisfaction to all the spectators. Continue reading

Greek George’s Challenge

The New York Times – February 4, 1889

Tedory George Costaky, known in the sporting world as Greek George, the wrestler, arrived from Boston yesterday and immediately posted $100 for a match with any athlete at Graeco-Roman or catch-as-catch-can style for a purse not to exceed $500 a side.  This offer, he said last evening, would stand until his match with Charles Green, the English champion, which is to take place per agreement within four weeks from Jan. 21 at Philadelphia or Scranton.  It is to be catch-as-catch-can, Lancashire rules, best two out of three falls, no holds barred, for the championship of the world.

During his stay in the city, Greek George may possibly give an exhibition of horseback wrestling.  He has been in the West and South since his last visit here, and had engagements enough to keep him in good form.

Christol Conquered

The Saint Paul Daily Globe – April 13, 1889

Evan Lewis, the “Strangler,” Gives the Diminutive Foreigner the Worst of It.

The wrestling match which took place last evening at the Olympic, by the terms of which Evan Lewis, “The Strangler,” agreed to throw Lucien Marc Christol five times within an hour, for a purse of $200, proved a bonanza for the big fellow. John Barnes was chosen referee and time, keeper, and when he called time for the first bout and the men stepped from their corners, the physical disparity between them became almost ridiculously apparent. The magnificent proportions of Lewis, who was in the pink of condition, at once excited the plaudits of the spectators. Christol, on the contrary, though a clever man of his weight, does not strip well, and as events proved, is no match for the modern-Hercules against whom he was pitted on this occasion. In the first bout,’ as indeed, throughout the match Christol showed remarkable ability, and his lightning bridge work excited the admiration of all who witnessed it. Lewis obtained the first fall in exactly one minute and twenty seconds, the ease with which he handled his diminutive antagonist being even at that stage of the proceedings clearly apparent. The second bout was won by Lewis in 5 minutes, third in 1 minute, fourth in 2 1/2 minutes and fifth in 2 minutes. At the close of the third bout a white ring round Christol’s neck marked the spot where a moment previously Lewis arm had encircled it in a vice-like hold—the terrible strangle for which he is celebrated, and which gained him the appellation of “Strangler.” Christol was so badly out-classed in his effort of last night that an impartial observer would have expected to find him aware of the fact. At the announcement of the result of the contest, however, a call was made for Christol, who then announced that he was dissatisfied with the result of the match, and would again match himself against Lewis for the same amount as on this occasion, with the difference that Lewis shall throw him five times in thirty minutes, half the time allowed him last night, the match to come off in Minneapolis at a date to be set within a few days.