Category Archives: 1957

Yukon Loses Last 2 Falls To O’Connor

Utica Observer-Dispatch – September 12, 1957
By Bob Wilbur

Clinton – Yukon Eric won the first fall, but Pat O’Connor rallied to take the next two to gain a popular decision over Yukon in last night’s wrestling feature at the Arena.

Only 750 fans turned out for the card which also saw Fritz Von Erich of Germany and Joe Blanchard of Vancouver winning their bouts.  As a result of last night’s victory, Von Erich plans to challenge O’Connor. Continue reading

Woman Wrestler’s Big Night

Buffalo Evening News – October 9, 1957

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 9 (UP) polished off four other grapplers in a “rassle royal” Monday night and then went out on a date with singer Elvis Presley, a ringside admirer.

Ready And Waiting

The Milwaukee Journal – January 19, 1957

Angelo Poffo 1-19-57

Ready and waiting for Yukon Eric is Angelo Poffo.  Poffo will wrestle Eric in a penalty belt match at the Auditorium Saturday night in the preliminary to the tag match between the Volkoff brothers and Verne Gagne and Argentine Rocca.

Dusek-Dillon Clash In Local Mat Fight

Lawrence Daily Journal-World – April 26, 1957

The heated rivalry existing between Joe Dusek and Black-Jack Dillon, stemming from their tag team wrestling partnership here April 9, will probably produce one of the roughest showdowns of the spring season Saturday. Continue reading

Capacity Crowd Expected As Girls Wrestle Again

The Progress-Index – August 23, 1957

ANOTHER CAPACITY CROWD like the one shown above at last week's Richmond wrestling show is expected tonight as the same girls, Babs Wingo, challenger, (left) and Ethel Johnson, Negro girls champion, tangle in the ARE show tonight.

ANOTHER CAPACITY CROWD like the one shown above at last week’s Richmond wrestling show is expected tonight as the same girls, Babs Wingo, challenger, (left) and Ethel Johnson, Negro girls champion, tangle in the ARE show tonight.

An extra 500 seats will help take care of an expected capacity gathering tonight at the State Fair Grounds for promoter Bill Lewis’ professional wrestling program which features a pair of Negro girl wrestlers in a Texas-rules match. Continue reading

Top Wrestlers In Coliseum Bouts

The Baltimore Afro-American – October 15, 1957

One of the most exciting wrestling shows ever staged on the local scene is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Coliseum, at 8:30 p.m.

Under the sponsorship of the Baltimore Chapter of the Frontiers of America, the show will offer six bouts and will feature four of the top women wrestlers in the country. Continue reading

‘Bull’ Curry Roars To Aid Police Pals

Sunday Herald – February 17, 1957

ON YOUR MARK... Just for kicks, of course.  Police Sgt. Edward Garrity, right, is just kidding as he makes to tackle the villain of the police VFW past annual wrestling show.  Peace-maker in center is Ptlmn William Kearns.

ON YOUR MARK… Just for kicks, of course. Police Sgt. Edward Garrity, right, is just kidding as he makes to tackle the villain of the police VFW past annual wrestling show. Peace-maker in center is Ptlmn William Kearns.

Hartford’s own “Bull” Curry returned briefly to his home town from his mid-West haunts, to stage a roaring exhibition of wrestling for the benefit of his former police buddies’ VFW post. Continue reading

Ira Dern – A True Champion

Deseret News – March 25, 1957
By Les Goates

“EVERYBODY’S FRIEND” was Ira Dern.  He was known from coast to coast.  His name was on the sports pages all over the land for a quarter of a century.  He was champion in his chosen field and generously endowed with natural ability in many other forms of athletics.  When Ira was called out by the Great Referee, a grand old trooper was retired from this realm of human endeavor. Continue reading

4 Girls Featured On Stadium Mat Card

The Washington Afro-American – June 8, 1957

BABS WINGO

BABS WINGO

Fourteen of the world’s greatest wrestling stars, including four outstanding girl athletes, will see action on the big outdoor show which features undefeated Ricki Starr and the amazing Antonino Rocca at Griffith Stadium Monday night. Continue reading

Rocca, Starr Team Up At Waterbury

Sunday Herald – November 3, 1957

DUE IN WATERBURY... Famed Antonino Rocca will combine with Ricki Starr to battle Prof. Roy Shire and Dr. Jerry Graham in tag team match that will feature benefit mat card to be staged by Waterbury B'nai B'rith on Nov. 18.

DUE IN WATERBURY… Famed Antonino Rocca will combine with Ricki Starr to battle Prof. Roy Shire and Dr. Jerry Graham in tag team match that will feature benefit mat card to be staged by Waterbury B’nai B’rith on Nov. 18.

B’nai B’rith Show

Waterbury’s B’nai B’rith, whose venture into wrestling promotion several months ago drew a shiny $4,600 gate, hope to top that at their next mat project on Monday, Nov. 18. Continue reading