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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.

Mat Prophet Now Idol Of Brooklyn Lassies

N.Y. Daily Mirror – April 27, 1939
By Dan Parker

There were cries of: “Hear, hear!” and “Bravo!” when Jim Londos pinned Abie Kashey, as predicted EXCLUSIVELY in the Mirror, Tuesday night in Newark, proving that our Kashey predictions are not only the nuts but are not to be sneezed at.

“How do you do it?” inquired Marian Byrnes and Alice Gallagher of 71-01 Colonial Road, Brooklyn. “We think you are wonderful. It was daring of you to pick Londos over Maurice LaChapelle. May we have your autograph and phone number?”

Daring to go through with a wrestling card on which we had not made a forecast, the Baltimore promoters found themselves with a riot on their hands Tuesday night. It was the species of riot known as Scheer Nonsense in Maryland, since only through the benevolence of Boxing Commissioner Stanley Scheer is such hokum tolerated.

The phony riot was staged by the Golden Tanker (in whose act the riot-ending known as 37-B and is used four times a week) and Jim Klinkstock, substituting without advance notice for King Kong. As usual, the Baltimore Police Department assisted in the riot and all the wrestlers on the supporting card got time and a half for overtime for contributing to it.

Commissioner Scheer issued a statement after the riot to the effect that this sort of thing has got to stop– “until the next show,” he added with a sly wink.

George Pencheff, who threw Maurice LaChapelle on the Baltimore card, did it again last night in Trenton. They’re after the Londos-Savoldi record for consecutive performances, surpassed only by Lou Gehrig’s.

Tonight in Boston, Gus Sonnenberg, miraculously recovered from the brain injuries that had him near death–well, he had a headache anyway–for several seconds after his recent encounter with his stablemate. Crusher Casey will tackle and throw Mayes McLain of Ye Olde Tank Corps. In another bout, the Great Westenberg, alias the Purple Shadow, will engage in a draw with Leo Numa, alias the Black Mask.