Category Archives: 1942

LaDitzi, Wrestler, Dies; Was on Celoron Card With Stasiak Years Ago

Jamestown Post-Journal – October 29, 1942

Omaha—(AP)—Rudy LaDitzi, 37, Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) professional wrestler, is dead here of malaria. LaDitzi believed he contracted the disease on a trip to Australia and the South Sea Islands two years ago. Continue reading

No Wrestling Here Tonight

Lowell MA Citizen-Leader – April 27, 1942

There will be no wrestling bouts in Lowell tonight. Grappling cards have been staged regularly on Monday evenings here for several months, but, since last week’s card at the Rex arena, the promoter made a sudden decision to cease operations. It is unlikely there will be any wrestling here until next fall.

Jim Casey Draws With Ivan Rasputin

Sacramento Union – November 17, 1942

Ivan Rasputin, long-time favorite of Sacramento mat fans, stole the show last night on Johnny Rogers’ weekly wrestling card in Memorial Auditorium with a thrilling, entertaining draw against Jim Casey, the lion-hearted Celt. Continue reading

Casey Loses Main Event To Ted Cox

Sacramento Union – December 15, 1942

Jim Casey, the Wild Irishman, roughhoused his way to a disqualification in the first fall of the main event between he and Ted (King Kong) Cox last night in Memorial Auditorium by slugging everyone and anyone who came within reach of his brawny arms. Continue reading

Cox To Face Casey Here Tonight

Sacramento Union – December 14, 1942

Most of the opponents who have been facing Ted “King Kong” Cox, claimant of the “world’s rough-house championship,” have been handicapped by lack of power to cope with his unethical tactics, while others feared him. Continue reading

Longson Takes Roughhouse Mat Battle From Ali Baba

Minneapolis Tribune – April 1, 1942
By George A. Barton

It is said Bill Longson, new world’s heavyweight champion wrestler, learned the tricks and holds of the catch-as-catch-can pastime as a student at the University of Utah. Continue reading

Wrestling To Return, Says Jumping Joe

The Oregonian – January 4, 1942
By David W. Hazen

“Jumping Joe” Savoldi is going to make Portland his jumping headquarters for a few months. Mrs. Savoldi and son Joe III are coming out from Three Oaks, Mich., to set up housekeeping while Joe is kicking ‘em cold on the new wrestling circuit. Continue reading

Savoldi Bests Bearded Rival

The Oregonian – January 2, 1942

Heavyweight wrestling returned to Portland Thursday night, and more than 1,500 fans greeted the grapplers on promoter Jack Ganson’s five-match card at the auditorium. Continue reading

Robert Risks Mat Crown To Bob Managoff

Houston Post – November 27, 1942

Yvon Robert, 228-pound French-Canadian heavyweight wrestling champion of the world, will make his first wrestling appearance in Houston Friday night at the City Auditorium when he risks his newly acquired title to young Bobby Managoff, Houston’s idol and the nation’s top contender for matdom’s top honors. Continue reading

Robert Risks Title Friday Against Managoff

Houston Post – November 22, 1942

Yvon Robert, French Canadian mat master, now is the unquestioned heavyweight wrestling champion of the world. He gained a pretty staunch toehold on the title late in October when he pinned “Wild Bill” Longson twice in Montreal in a battle which Longson questioned and even got out an injunction against Robert claiming the crown. But Friday night in St. Louis, Robert again faced Longson, and this time he outroughed and beat Longson beyond any shadow of doubt, throwing Longson completely out of the ring, and defying him to return. Continue reading