Category Archives: 1962

Bernard’s Team Cops Mat Win

Long Island Star-Journal – March 7, 1962

Brute Bernard and Skull Murphy won two of three falls from Bud Cody and Gordon Nelson in the tag team feature of last night’s pro wrestling card at Sunnyside Garden. Continue reading

Orton, Kangaroos In Mat Matinee

Long Island Star-Journal – June 8, 1962

Bob Orton and The Great Scott will clash with the Fabulous Kangaroos – Roy Heffernan and Al Costello – in the best-of-three falls tag team match which headlines a non-televised pro wrestling matinee card at Sunnyside Garden tomorrow. Continue reading

Natureboy Rogers At Auditorium Tonight

The Kingston Daily Freeman – May 23, 1962

Pro Mat Show

Buddy (Natureboy) Rogers will head a star studded cast as professional wrestling makes another appearance tonight at the Kingston Municipal Auditorium.  Rogers, who will be making his first appearance in this city, will meet Pompero Firpo in one of five bouts which are expected to attract a top crowd.  Action will begin at 8:40 p. m. Continue reading

Daniel Boone Savage In Card’s Main Event

Ocala Star-Banner – March 8, 1962

Daniel Boone Savage of Sparr will wrestle in the main event of the double event card tomorrow night at the auditorium in a tag team match with Ocalan Fred Hogan. Continue reading

Thesz Defeats ‘Horrible Hun’

Las Vegas Review-Journal – August 28, 1962

Lou Thesz held a win over Hans Hermann today but the “Horrible Hun” could still boast that the former world champion has yet to put him on his back. Continue reading

Hans Hermann Vs. Thesz Tonight

Las Vegas Review-Journal – August 27, 1962

Former world champion Lou Thesz and Hans “The Horrible Hun” Hermann tangle tonight in the wrestling main event at Cashman Field. Continue reading

601 Pound Wrestler Now Proud Papa

Daytona Beach Morning Journal – May 30, 1962

BIG DADDY BEAMS PROUDLY...  Haystack Calhoun looks at new daughter

BIG DADDY BEAMS PROUDLY… Haystack Calhoun looks at new daughter

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Haystack Calhoun, a professional wrestler of giant sized proportions, has purchased a complete layette and plans to set up a nursery in his motel room here. Continue reading

Fred Blassie, Champ

Savannah Morning News – September 6, 1962
By Neal Ellis, sports editor

If someone were to tabulate the truly great wrestlers of the world and pinpoint one particular area which produced the majority of them, it would be St. Louis, Mo. – home town of the present world’s heavyweight champion, Fred Blassie.

Almost from childhood, Freddie’s career has been a colorful one. No bully in the neighborhood dared to take him on.

While attending St. Louis University, he held the boxing and wrestling championships and was undefeated.

Later, while serving his time with the Navy during World War II, he was district boxing and wrestling champ.

After turning professional, he came up through the ranks the hard way – always willing and ready to tackle any man, regardless of size or reputation.

When Blassie defeated Edouard Carpentier in the Los Angeles Sports Arena June 12, 1961, for the title and the diamond-studded gold belt, wrestling found itself with a fighting new champion ready to battle any opponent worthy to challenge his laurels.

That is one side of the 238-p;ound champ, who risks his kingdom against Chief Crazy Horse tonight on the first program of pro wrestling in the Savannah Sports Center.

He is eager, ambitious, hard working, talented and fearless. But there’s another side of him, too. He’s a showman first class. He’s cocky and – like Jack Dempsey – he’s a killer in the ring.

If modesty is a virtue, then classy Blassie isn’t virtuous.

“The American man today is a pencil-neck geek,” Freddie says. “He is pitiful, scrawny, poorly dressed, bad mannered and hen-pecked.

“It’s no wonder Blassie just wows the women.”

By his own admission, the champ is God’s gift to women.

“When Freddie Blassie walks down the street, women just can’t resist admiring me,” he comments. “And if they are with one of those skinny, pencil-neck geeks – all men are, compared to me – they fall in love with a real he-man . . . me.

“To bad there are so many ugly women chasing after me because I outclass all the guys they know.”

Blassie may be considered obnoxious outside the ring but, in it, he’s a real villain. He subscribes to Leo Durocher’s theory that “nice guys don’t win (pennant) matches.”

“Sure,” he says, “I’m tough, rough and ready. Being a nice guy don’t put you on top in the wrestling business.

“Just being a nice guy can’t buy Continentals, $350 suits and $50 shoes. I’ve got such a wardrobe that I have a tough time finding places big enough to hold it.

“I like the finer things in life and the only way to be on top and win is to hit your opponent first with the most.”

Besides being rugged and heartless in the ring, Blassie can use every scientific hold in the book. His favorite goes by the colorful name of “the reverse spinning neck-breaker.” And Blassie doesn’t care whose neck it is.

Like the majority of good wrestlers, Freddie has a fine education. In addition, he has the intelligence and personality to mingle with presidents or hobos.

There may be some who dispute his opinion of how to win friends and influence people, but very few doubt the effectiveness of his style in the ring. It has earned him the topmost honor – the world’s heavyweight championship.

Fred Blassie is as good as he says he is.

Chief Gets Draw, Blassie Challenged Again

Savannah Morning News – September 7, 1962
By Neal Ellis, sports editor

Chief Crazy Horse battled world heavyweight champion Fred Blassie to a draw before an estimated 1,200 wrestling fans last night in the Savannah Sports Center, then demanded a rematch.

Dr. Joseph Cassius, promoter, quickly conferred with the champion and announced the Indian could have his wish – next Thursday.

The ill-tempered Blassie, still nursing wounds administered by the brawling chief, insisted the rematch go two falls out of three to a finish with no time limit. Dr. Cassius agreed no limit would be imposed on the match.

The draw decision left the crowd as well as both battlers yelling for more when referee Charlie Harben counted out both wrestles at the same time.

When the 10-count was finished, Crazy Horse was lying on the ring apron just outside the ropes and Blassie was sprawled through the ropes, on top of his adversary.

The champion loudly protested the decision, claiming he was within the ring and should have been declared the winner. Harben disagreed, and had his shirt ripped from his body by the angered champ.

Blassie, the 238-pound strong boy from St. Louis, wont he first fall by pinning the lumbering, 250-pound Indian.

The second fall went to Crazy Horse, despite four low blows and as many illegal punches from the fist of the blond champion. An “Indian death lock,” the chief’s favorite hold, finally did the damage and evened the match.

That set the stage for the wild finish.

The semifinal had a rousing windup, too, with Chief Little Eagle taking a best two of three-fall decision from Miguel Torres.

The Indian from Oklahoma, a former Southern Methodist University football player, earned the triumph via a disqualification of the ex-Mexican champ. Torres, thrown through the ropes, was unable to return within a 10-count.

Little Eagle had won the first fall, then Torres pinned his rival for the second.

Hard-working Pedro Godoy, 235-pound Cuban, scored a victory over young Guy Taylor of Nashville in the one-fall opener. Godoy applied a half-crab to end it in 12 minutes, 10 seconds.

Dr. Cassius announced to the crowd, which evidently would have been much larger except for evening-long rains and a muddy parking lot, that Mr. Moto and the Masked Assassins would appear on a program in the near future.

Mr. Moto is a nationally famed grappler. The Assassins are world tag team champions.

Wrestling Returns Here Tonight

Savannah Morning News – September 6, 1962
By Neal Ellis

With world heavyweight champion Fred Blassie featured in a defense of his title, big-time professional wrestling makes a return to the city at 8 o’clock tonight in the Savannah Sports Center.

Blassie’s challenger for the diamond-sprinkled gold belt that is symbolic of the championship is Chief Crazy Horse, a 250-pound man-mountain from the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Their long awaited main event match is a two falls of three affair with a one hour time limit. The mat feature for the world’s crown will be preceded by a semifinal battle between Chief Little Eagle and Miguel Torres.

The opener of the three-match program pits Pedro Godoy against Guy Taylor.

From top to bottom, the card lists big name wrestlers. The sponsors, the Savannah Wrestling Advisory Committee, have spared no efforts in lining up a top-notch program with which to open the Thursday night series.

“We were very fortunate to obtain so many outstanding wrestlers for the first card,” Dr. Joseph Cassius, chairman of the committee, said last night. “Most of these athletes have considerable experience as main-eventers in other cities, and at least four of them have starred in many television matches.

“The National Wrestling Alliance promised to help us acquire the best men in the business for our shows. They have lived up to their promise,” Dr. Cassius confirmed.

“We have high hopes of making this city the wrestling capital of the Southeast. The fans of Savannah certainly will be well entertained.”

Dr. Cassius said he expects a near-capacity turnout in the neighborhood of 4,000 fans.

Blassie, the 238-pound blond, beautiful strong boy from St. Louis, is slated for red-carpet treatment upon his arrival at Travis Field at 2:47 p.m. today. He’ll get an official city welcome from local officials, a key to the city from Miss Chatham County, Jeannine Morgan, and will head a motorcade through the downtown streets.

Then, in the ring, he will get a serious challenge from Chief Crazy Horse, who won 400 matches in a row before tasting defeat.