Category Archives: 1945

Sharkey Retains ‘Title’ In Draw Bout

Washington Post – January 18, 1945

Babe Sharkey again retained his world heavyweight wrestling “title” last night at Turner’s Arena by battling Dutch Rohde to a one hour draw before 1800 fans. The match was rough & several times Referee Tiny Bouque was forced to mix it up with the grappling giants. Continue reading


Garibaldi Pins ‘Mask’ On Mat

Washington Post – February 1, 1945

Gino Garibaldi defeated Yellow Mask in 10 minutes in the feature match on Joe Turner’s mat card last night before 1,600 fans at the W St. arena. Garibaldi won when he tossed the “Mask” out of the ring and the latter failed to climb back in before the alloted 10 seconds. Continue reading

Rohde Wins Twice On Wrestle Card

Washington Post – January 25, 1945

Herman “Dutch” Rohde, Camden, N.J., star, stole the show on promoter Joe Turner’s weekly mat card last night by turning in two victories, one in 5 minutes and the other in 21. The feature of the night, however, was the Gino Garibaldi vs. LaVerne Baxter tussle, in which Garibaldi won in 20 minutes with a body press. Continue reading

Garibaldi, Baxter Clash On Mat At Arena Tonight

Washington Post – January 24, 1945

Gino Garibaldi, firey Italian veteran among the heavyweight mat maulers, meets LaVerne Baxter, sensational Texas gent, and Dutch Rohde, who wrestled Babe Sharkey to a draw last week, is coupled with Mike Orloff tonight in a double headliner foursome on the Turner Arena card. Continue reading

Gino Garibaldi To Meet ‘Mask’

Washington Post – January 31, 1945

Gino Garibaldi, the venerable Italian, meets Yellow Mask tonight in the headline grapple on the Turner Arena card, with “Dutch” Rohde, fair haired idol of the Arena mat faithful, opposing rough, snorting Angelo Savoldi in another banner scramble. Continue reading

Frank Stojack And Lou Newman Score

Bremerton Sun – September 28, 1945

A tag team match — something decidedly new to Bremerton wrestling fans — caused quite a furore at the Civic Center last night. The team match headlined the Sportsmen’s Club weekly mat card, and it was a battle of brawn and words from start to finish. Continue reading

Two Challengers on Feature Mat Card

The Southeast Missourian – September 5, 1945

Ray Eckert and Warren Bockwinkel, both Missouri boys, will clash in the second bout Thursday night in a wrestling card at the Arena Building sponsored by the Junior Chamber of Commerce.  The card will be featured by a bout in which women wrestlers will appear for the first time in this vicinity.  In this attraction Violet Valentine of St. Joseph will meet Evelyn Wall of Corpus Christi, Texas. Continue reading

Lou Thesz Beats ‘Strangler’ Ed Lewis

Bremerton Sun – September 14, 1945

A good-sized crowd last night saw Ed (Strangler) Lewis, massive ex-heavyweight wrestling champion, drop two straight falls to Louis Thesz of St. Louis, big army private now stationed at Fort Lewis, as the mat game came back to Bremerton. Continue reading

Any Questions?

Toronto Daily Star – September 27, 1945

Maurice Tillet, “the French Angel,” has been barred from wrestling in the state of Washington, where the Dukes, after looking at him, classified him as a “freak.”

Dr. Bonica Whips Ex-Gridder At Civic Center

The Bremerton, Wash., Sun – April 13, 1945

Dr. John Bonica, who has ingratiated himself with Bremerton rassle fans, last night proved more popular than ever when he came from a first-fall loss to take the next two and whip Cliff Thiede, 220-pound former University of Southern California football star, as a large audience howled with glee at Civic Center. Continue reading