Tag Archives: Bill Longson

Wild Bill Longson Battles McCready Oct. 6

Sports Pointers, St. Louis – October 6, 1944
By Johnnie O’Hara

What Earl McCready failed to accomplish in two separate attempts, he hopes to accomplish twice on the same night, October 6, at Kiel Auditorium, when he meets the Champion Bill Longson in a two out of three fall match for the title. Continue reading

Guaranteed Entertainment

Time – May 31, 1948

One evening in Manhattan’s old Hippodrome twelve years ago, Ed (“Strangler”) Lewis was trying to pin Lee Wykoff to the mat with some purely scientific holds. It was an honest wrestling match without any phony dramatics. It was also horribly dull to watch. At the end of two boring hours, the Hippodrome was nearly empty —and legitimate wrestling was dead.* Continue reading

Ed (Strangler) Lewis Cleans Up Wrestling

Australian Ring Digest – August 1950

During the past month professional wrestling continued to gain in popularity throughout the world and attendance records are being shattered in all countries where the mat sport is promoted. In fact, at the present time, wrestling is in the middle of a boom that has been unsurpassed in the history of the sport. Continue reading

Matmen Thrown For Loss On Coast

N.Y. Daily Mirror – April 28, 1939
By Dan Parker

Some people have no sense of humor. Out on the Coast, a lot of legislators in Sacramento are trying to prove wrestling isn’t on the level.

Everyone with common sense knows it is because Promoter Ray Fabiani and Larse McCurley of Philadelphia and Boxing Commissioner Stanley Scheer of Baltimore say it is.

Their word is good enough for me. Besides, if it wasn’t on the level, how could I have predicted that draw in Cleveland Wednesday night between the Great Evans and Bull Komar? Or foreseen tonight’s victory of the Golden Tanker over Hans Steinke in Philadelphia, after King Kong has thrown Nanjo Singh.

Of course it’s on the level, which is why Dzimmie Londos has been signed up for a return bout with Joe Savoldi in Louisville on Derby eve.

Another feather, making 6,732 in all, was added to my hat Wednesday night when, in one of the most astounding upsets of the century, Londos threw Chief Chewacki Trenton. The only mistake he made was in not throwing him into the Delaware River and putting an end to this tiresome serial that dates back to the early days of “The Perils of Pauline.”

On the same card, George Pencheff, Londos’ protege, threw Maurice LaChapelle for the second night in succession. But the issue is still in doubt and they will engage in many a return match before Pencheff is proclaimed the better man.

Shadows are falling all over the wrestling map, in addition to those cast in the Sacramento investigations. There’s a Red Shadow in Montreal and for the information of the natives, he’s the old tanker, Leo Numa, who was the Black Mask in Boston. Leo’s glad to be out of the black and into the red.

Cleveland’s Purple Shadow is Bill Longson, whose back is still calloused from all the dives he took for fifth-raters during his wrestling career. The Purple Shadow left San Francisco recently one hop, skip and a jump ahead of Vigilance Committee.

In the Sacramento investigation, being conducted by the California State Legislature, R.H. (Tommy) Thompson, a former wrestler, testified under oath that practically all wrestling bouts of which he has had any knowledge were fixed and that wrestlers who didn’t obey orders had to get out. Referees had to let wrestlers manhandle them as part of the show, he said.

Thompson chirped his biggest mouthful when he told the investigating committee that from Coast to Coast, he doesn’t know of a single heavyweight wrestler who can’t beat Man Mountain Dean, despite Man Mountain’s long string of victories. This expert fearlessly picks Dzimmie Londos to beat Man Mountain Dean when and if they meet again.