Category Archives: 1940

Rudy LaDitzi Grunts, Groans Way To Fame On West Coast

The Poughkeepsie Star-Enterprise – January 27, 1940

No Sissy, He The "polished gentleman" above is really a roughhouse when he gets down to work—wrestling. He's RUDY LA DITZI, who although away from Poughkeepsie 10 years, doesn't, call himself an "ex-Poughkeepsian." Rudy still is billed as of Poughkeepsie, N. Y., in all of his matches—and he has had more than 2,000 of them.

No Sissy, He
The “polished gentleman” above is
really a roughhouse when he gets
down to work—wrestling. He’s
RUDY LA DITZI, who although
away from Poughkeepsie 10 years,
doesn’t call himself an “ex-Poughkeepsian.”
Rudy still is billed as of
Poughkeepsie, N. Y., in all of his
matches—and he has had more
than 2,000 of them.

The river has its boat races and the mat has Rudy LaDitzi. Although wrestling, especially the rough and tumble professional type, is far different from the clean, rigid crew grind, it is resulting in reams of publicity for Poughkeepsie out west where burly Rowdy Rudy, Bridge City butcher boy and restaurateur, now is residing and performing. Continue reading

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Jack Dempsey Throws Left Hooks At Finish

Sacramento Union – November 19, 1940
By Bill Conlin

Jack Dempsey came back to the Memorial Auditorium last night and with him came $1,100 worth of wrestling fans, biggest house since Doc Visser resumed promotion of wrestling here almost a year ago. Continue reading

K.O. Koverly Disqualified

Los Angeles Times – June 13, 1940
By Al Wolf

Last night’s rassle class at the Olympic quite possibly had the rare good fortune ot see a shooting match, although such things have long been considered as extinct as the dodo bird.

A stranger who gave the name “Del Rosa” plunked down five bucks for a license and examination, borrowed a set of trunks from one of the boys and attempted to win a “C” note by staying 20 minutes with Lee Wykoff, who has been making that offer to the house weekly. Continue reading

Wykoff Puts Szabo Down In ‘Grudger’

Los Angeles Times – June 6, 1940
By Al Wolf

Sandor Szabo was the people’s choice in the recent heavyweight rasslin’ roundup, but Senor Szabo was injured en route and Lee Wykoff emerged the champion.

Ever since, Senor Szabo has been casting aspersions on Mr. Wykoff’s talents as a sinew snapper, much to the latter’s disgust. So last night they had it out at the Olympic before a jury of some 6,000 zealots. Continue reading

Ali Baba, Lopez Capture Olympic Features

Los Angeles Times – May 30, 1940
By Al Wolf

Ali Baba and Vincent Lopez made up the daily double at the Olympic torso-twisting party last night.

The pin-domed Turk defeated Tarzan White – and hurt him in the process. Tarzan attempted a flying tackle, but sly Ali was the little man who wasn’t there, and Tarzan flew into the seats. When he finally staggered back into the ring, Ali tried a body slam, but was careless and slammed White on his head. Referee Dick Rutherford immediately halted the action and Baba was the winner in 21m. 43s. A preliminary examination revealed no serious injury. Continue reading

Weidner Pins Danny McShain

Los Angeles Times – May 28, 1940

A newcomer to local wrestling circles made his debut a successful one last night when Billy Weidner replaced Bob Gregory, who was injured this week, and won the two out of three fall main event matfest over Danny McShain at the Hollywood Legion Stadium. Continue reading

Wrestler Donovan Dies From Injuries

Associated Press – May 27, 1940

ONTARIO, Calif. – John B. (Jack) Donovan, 30, Boston wrestler who had been living at 1927 W. Sixth St., Los Angeles, died today of injuries received Saturday (May 25) when his automobile collided with a truck during a fog.

Londos Pitches Foe To Floor

Los Angeles Times – May 23, 1940
By Al Wolf

There’s been many a dive at the Olympic in these many years of fisticuffing and grappling, but never one so perfect as that involuntarily executed last night by Pantaleon Manlapig. Continue reading

Wykoff Squelches Koverly To Win Wrestling Tourney

Los Angeles Times – May 16, 1940
By Al Wolf

Apparently all things must come to an end – even international heavyweight wrestling tournaments.

Jack Daro’s mat mammoth, which began in William Jennings Bryan’s heyday, according to oldtimers hereabouts, wound up last night at the Olympic with Lee Wykoff, a semi-bald party from little Nevada, Mo., the champion of champions, or something. Continue reading

Wykoff Bounces Szabo In First Match Of Finale

Los Angeles Times – May 9, 1940

Lee Wykoff bounced Sandor Szabo in the first of a three-match series in the finals of the international wrestling tournament last night at the Olympic Auditorium. Wykoff grabbed the duke in 23m. 5s. after a series of body slams and a body press. Continue reading