Category Archives: 1908

Newsy Gossip Of The Sports

The Day – January 27, 1908

Charles Olsen has about decided to give up the grappling game and he says that when he gets a good steady job planning joists or shingling roofs he will forget all about his aspirations to be a champion.  He has also discovered that he doesn’t know as much about the game as an experienced manager. Continue reading

A Wrestling Champion

La Patrie – November 27, 1908

Yussiff Mahmout 11-27-1908

Youssouf Mahmout, victor over Tom Jenkins in a match last night at Madison Square Garden.

De Rouen Versus The Turk

La Patrie – November 27, 1908

These Two Colossi Will Come To Grips Tonight, At Sohmer Park

Jenkins Was Defeated Last Night


A Bulletin from New York tells us that Yussif Mahmout, known as the Terrible Turk, has defeated Tom Jenkins, ex-champion wrestler of America, winning the first two falls of his “match” with him, at Madison Square Garden, last night. Continue reading

Many Will Bet On Dr. Roller

Tacoma Daily News – June 24, 1908

SEATTLE – The championship wrestling match between Frank Gotch, champion of the world, and Dr. B.F. Roller, the western champion, is exciting an unusual amount of interest among lovers of professional sports, and it is doubted that the Dreamland Rink will be large enough to accommodate the large crowd that will be clamoring for tickets. Continue reading

Gotch Arrives At Seattle

Tacoma Daily News – June 19, 1908

SEATTLE – Frank Gotch, champion wrestler of the world, arrived in this city yesterday to prepare for his match with Dr. B.F. Roller. The contest will take place July 1. Gotch said he would be glad to arrange a wrestling match to take place in Tacoma after he had finished with Roller.

Book On Wrestling

Tacoma Daily News – June 19, 1908

There has just been issued from the press of Richard K. Fox one of the most valuable and comprehensive treatises on wrestling ever published. World’s champion wrestler Frank Gotch has written a book about the art, which contains everything that is of interest to enthusiasts. A special chapter is devoted to training and another to the career of the conqueror of Hackenschmidt. It contains 50 illustrations, showing all his principal holds, including the famous toe hold.

Roller Will Wrestle A Sailor

Tacoma Daily News – June 12, 1908

SEATTLE – Dr. B.F. Roller, the local wrestler, will appear at the athletic entertainment to be given by the Press Club at the Dreamland Rink Monday night. Roller’s opponent will probably be Ben Charlesworth, of the battleship Georgia, now at Bremerton. Roller will agree to throw the sailor in 15 minutes or forfeit $100.

Jenkins To Wrestle Cazeaux

Associated Press – May 11, 1908

NEW YORK – Tom Jenkins and Cazeaux, the French wrestler, will meet in a mixed match at Madison Square Garden Monday night. The men will wrestle Graeco-Roman and catch-as-catch-can in the first two bouts and the one winning the fall in the fastest time will have the choice of naming the style for the third.

Gotch To Wrestle Zybszko

Associated Press – May 11, 1908

NEW YORK – Frank Gotch has signed articles to wrestle Zbyszko, the Polish champion, at Olympic Hall, London, on June 10. Gotch will sail for England next week.

This Wrestler Weighs Over 400 Pounds

Associated Press – May 6, 1908

SAN FRANCISCO – John Middlesky, an Indian athlete who was born in Mexico, but who for the past nine years has made Arizona his home, has arrived in this city, accompanied by his manager, H.F. Taylor. Continue reading