Tag Archives: Abe Yourist

Londos Victor Over Szabo In Duel On Mat

Los Angeles Times – February 10, 1938

Jimmy Londos, self-styled international mat champion, last night defeated Sandor Szabo in straight falls in the main wrestling event at the Olympic Auditorium.

The first fall was a marathon affair and lasted one hour and three seconds. Londos finally annexed the pinning with a double leg and back breaker. Continue reading

There’s Mist In Lou Daro’s Eyes

Los Angeles Herald – February 9, 1938

Lou Daro’s eyes will be misty tonight when Dan Tobey, veteran announcer, calls the main event principals to the center of the ring.

The first star of his first wrestling show in Los Angeles returns to the fold when Jimmy Londos, the international heavyweight champion, comes to grips with Sandor Szabo, the Hungarian Adonis, who holds the California state title belt. Continue reading

Record Crowd Sees Carnera At Armory

Wenatchee, Wash., Daily World – December 12, 1952

Primo Carnera, former world’s heavyweight boxing champion, now turned wrestler, provided the attraction to draw the largest audience of mat fans in local history last night. Continue reading

281 Pound Carnera Takes On 2 Men Here Tonight

Wenatchee, Wash., Daily World – December 13, 1952

Primo Carnera, once heavyweight boxing king of the world, will be in Wenatchee tonight, but this time using his brute strength to wrestle instead of punch.

Carnera is billed as the main attraction on Promoter Tex Porter’s Armory mat card. Continue reading

Clara Still Girl Champ

San Francisco Chronicle – June 30, 1937
By Will Connolly

It was a genuine pleasure for the gentlemen at Dreamland last night to sit back comfortably and watch two young ladies pull hair without the gallant urge to separate the dears. Continue reading

Rothenberg On Park’s Muscle Card Tonight

Hudson County Dispatch – September 10, 1943

There’ll be big doings at Columbia Park in North Bergen tonight and a goodly portion of the crowd which will flood the old structure will hail from Bergen County.  The reason for Bergen’s interest in tonight’s doings is Murray Rothenberg, of course. Murray’s the husky ex-Bergen Record Diamond Glover, ex-pro footballer, ex-everything, who has now turned to rassling. ‘Tisn’t exaggerating a bit to class Murray as Bergen’s Dizzy Dean. But, like Dizzy, Murray always delivers.  He started as a footballer at Teaneck High. Hudson County fans will remember him for his performances against the Zuccaros in days gone by. Rothenberg was listed in Teaneck Red Devils’ backfield but most of the time he was in Union City’s backfield, they say. He also played with the Clifton Wessingtons. Later on, he coached football.  Coincident with his football playing, Murray dabbled in boxing. He figured in several spectacular Diamond Glove bouts in Hackensack. Sports Editor Al Del Greco tabbed him the King Levinsky of Bergen boxing. The customers came in droves to see Rothenberg licked; but, unlike Levinsky, Rothenberg was not “in a transom.” Invariably, he won.  He fought professionally, too, appearing several times at Englewood where Jackie Farrell and Jimmy Brienza had promotional flings.  Of recent years, he has given more and more attention to rassling. He studied jiu jitsu from a Jap chef at Bergen College. He studied the Fairbairn system of commando training. All this came in handy in his daily routine as Plant Protection Supervisor for the Magor Car Corp. of Clifton, which is engaged in defense work. He went the limit in this line, too. He taught hand to hand grappling and judo to several army units stationed in northern New Jersey. And he finally said to himself, he said, “Why not go into this business professionally?”  He had a fling at it years ago in a mild sort of way. On a dare, more than anything else, he figured in a tour during which he had eight matches. Won ’em all, too.  Friday night last he appeared against Chief Bamba Tabu at the Park and he licked the chief. So Promoter Ralph Mondt, anxious to develop some real local talent, signed him again. Tonight he meets far tougher opposition in the person of John Vansky. He’ll need all he’s got to get past John.  Tonight’s final rumpus will send Chief Thunderbird against Bad Babe Sharkey. The fans appear to be more interested, however, in the tag team match slated for tonight. This shindig will pit Maurice LaChappelle and Tony Martinelli against Michele Leone and Dick Lever.  Rounding out the card will be tussles between Tony Milano and the Blue Streak and Abe Yourist and Dick Lever.

Ramblers Defeat Wrestler Gridders

Tacoma News-Tribune – October 12, 1953
By Ed Honeywell

By reason of their advantage in youth, speed, better organization and more recent acquaintanceship with the game of football, 1953 version, the Seattle Ramblers prevailed over the Wrestlers in Sunday’s “Muscle Bowl” game at Lincoln Bowl. Continue reading