Category Archives: 1954

Gorgeous George And Red Berry In Auditorium Ring Tuesday

The Kansas City Times – December 3, 1954

GORGEOUS GEORGE

GORGEOUS GEORGE

WILD RED BERRY

WILD RED BERRY

Wrestling’s Two Fabulous Personalities Will Collide in Colorful Feature Match – Negro Girl Stars Also Share Spotlight on the Big 4-Match Card.

Gorgeous George’s ostrich feathers will be plucked out if “Wild Red” Berry is able to fulfill his vow to give the “Darling” of the wrestling world “the beating of his life.”  The two fabulous wrestling personalities will collide head-on in the big featured match on the star-packed card Tuesday night (Dec 7) in the Municipal Auditorium arena. Continue reading

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3 Bout Card Slated For P.C. On Wednesday

Sandusky Register-Star-News – February 16, 1954

A pair of rugged girl wrestlers and a grudge match between two short but powerful performers heads the three bout card slated for the Port Clinton Armory Wednesday night. Continue reading

McCune Meets Thesz Tonight On Rainbo Mat

Chicago Tribune – July 7, 1954

Bob McCune of Des Moines will meet Lou Thesz, world champion, in one of six bouts comprising Leonard Schwartz’ wrestling program tonight in Rainbo Arena, 4836 N. Clark St. Continue reading

Commission Warns Mat Referees To Enforce Rules

Chicago Tribune – October 15, 1954
By Frank Mastro

The Illinois Athletic Commission yesterday threatened legislation which would bar wrestling if members of the board’s mat refereeing corps continue to fail to enforce rules of the game. Any violation calls for disqualification and if a wrestler is disqualified in “a certain number of bouts” he should be suspended. The commission’s ultimatum also warned lax referees that failure to abide by the rules might cause their suspension. Continue reading

Eagle Meets Longson On Mat Tonight

Chicago Tribune – October 15, 1954

A triple feature wrestling show will be presented in Rainbo Arena tonight with six outstanding performers as principals. These are Chief Don Eagle, Ruffy Silverstein, Bill Miller, The Great Karpozilos, Sonny Myers, and Wild Bill Longson. Continue reading

Nomellini Expects Big Things From Michalik On Mat

Sacramento Bee – March 30, 1954
By Marco Smolich

Leo Nomellini, all 252 pounds of him, pointed to a ruggedly handsome fellow, 24 years old, six feet two and 230 pounds.

“He was a successful amateur wrestler,” declared Leo, a rugged tackle for the San Francisco 49ers and a rough character when it comes to grunting, groaning and grappling. Continue reading

British Lords Beat Arnold, Nomellini

Sacramento Bee – March 30, 1954

The English lords, Blears and Layton, defeated Don Arnold and Leo Nomellini last night in the tag team feature of the wrestling program in the Memorial Auditorium. Continue reading

Girl Wrestlers Tangle Tonight

Daytona Beach Morning Journal – September 11, 1954

Girl wrestlers and a return match feature the three bout program at the Beach Arena tonight.

In the girl bout Babs Wingo will take on Betty White.  They are two of the top Negro girl wrestlers in the world. Continue reading

Three-Match Card On Wrestling Show

Miami Daily News – September 10, 1954

A three match program will feature Promoter Al Ritchie’s wrestling show tonight at the Bayfront Park Auditorium.  Sharing the spotlight with two Negro girl wrestlers – Babs Wingo and Betty White – will be a Hollywood movie actor, Tiger Joe Marsh. Continue reading

Bence, Tex Sign For Mat Bout

Daytona Beach Morning Journal – September 8, 1954

Matchmaker Saul Weingeroff signed Tex Riley and Johnny Bence for a bout last night and thus completed his three match card for Saturday night at the Beach Arena. Continue reading