Tag Archives: Bob Managoff

National Wrestling Association Still Recognizes Londos

Associated Press – April 15, 1933

CLARKSDALE, Miss. – So far as the National Wrestling Association is concerned, Jimmy Londos is still world champion of the heavies, Col. H.J. Landry of Friar Point, Miss., president of the association, notified association members today. Continue reading

Jack Dempsey Throws Left Hooks At Finish

Sacramento Union – November 19, 1940
By Bill Conlin

Jack Dempsey came back to the Memorial Auditorium last night and with him came $1,100 worth of wrestling fans, biggest house since Doc Visser resumed promotion of wrestling here almost a year ago. Continue reading

Managoff Pins Mat Meanie

Los Angeles Times – November 14, 1940

Bobby Managoff, young Chicago marvel, righted a great wrong done to him (by his own admission) a week ago when he thoroughly drubbed Hardboiled Haggerty in straight falls last night at the Olympic.

A week ago, Managoff had won his way into the finals of the Gold Belt wrestling tournament but suffered disqualification when he charged into the ring ahead of schedule and landed on Haggerty, who was then engaged in winning his semifinal bout in positively brutal fashion. Continue reading

Wrestling Tourney Scheduled

The New York Times – November 25, 1917

A wrestling tournament at catch-as-catch-can style is to be held at the Lexington Theatre beginning Dec. 3.  Among those who are expected to compete are Earl Caddock, Wladek Zbyszko, Ed Lewis, Joe Stecher, Dr. B. F. Roller, Americus, Jess Westergard, Demetrus Tofalos, Alexander Thomas, Yussif Hussane, Cyclone Burns, Bob Managoff, Henry Ordeman, and John Freyburg.  They comprise the leading wrestlers of the country.

Managoff Is Mat Winner

St. Joseph News-Press – February 13, 1943

Bobby Managoff, sensational young Chicago wrestler, successfully defended his world heavyweight championship against the challenge of Orville Brown last night at the Auditorium in the featured bout of a card that was filled with action. Continue reading

Bobby Managoff Cops World Title

Houston Post – November 28, 1942

Young Bobby Managoff was crowned the new heavyweight wrestling champion of the world Friday night at the City Auditorium in Houston, before a cheering capacity crowd that had flocked into the building to see their idol work against Yvon Robert. Continue reading

Robert Risks Mat Crown To Bob Managoff

Houston Post – November 27, 1942

Yvon Robert, 228-pound French-Canadian heavyweight wrestling champion of the world, will make his first wrestling appearance in Houston Friday night at the City Auditorium when he risks his newly acquired title to young Bobby Managoff, Houston’s idol and the nation’s top contender for matdom’s top honors. Continue reading

Robert Risks Title Friday Against Managoff

Houston Post – November 22, 1942

Yvon Robert, French Canadian mat master, now is the unquestioned heavyweight wrestling champion of the world. He gained a pretty staunch toehold on the title late in October when he pinned “Wild Bill” Longson twice in Montreal in a battle which Longson questioned and even got out an injunction against Robert claiming the crown. But Friday night in St. Louis, Robert again faced Longson, and this time he outroughed and beat Longson beyond any shadow of doubt, throwing Longson completely out of the ring, and defying him to return. Continue reading

Thesz Winner When Rogers Is Disqualified

St. Louis Post-Dispatch – December 31, 1955

Heavyweight champion Lou Thesz successfully defended his National Wrestling Alliance title against last night when his opponent, Buddy Rogers, was disqualified for failing to break a hold in the main event of the Mississippi Valley Sports Club’s card at Kiel Auditorium. Continue reading

On The Square Or Not? 6,000 Fans Wonder

Chicago Tribune – April 8, 1933
By George Strickler

The wrestling industry, which for years has not been regarded seriously by the sports public, developed a new mystery before 6,800 at Chicago Stadium last night when

Joe Savoldi, former Notre Dame football player, threw Jim Londos, claimant of the world’s championship and popularly recognized as the greatest of present day wrestlers, in 26 minutes and 20 seconds.

The surprising outcome brought forth a variety of confusing and conflicting opinions from regular patrons. Many felt that Savoldi had double crossed his opponent. Others felt it was a gambling coup. Not a few predicted there now would be rematch at Soldiers’ field before a larger gate. A few loyal Savoldi supporters claimed he was a better wrestler than Londos. There was no evidence to prove any of these assertions. Wrestling is that way.

The climax of the match started in the 25th minute when they went to the mat and Londos applied the Japanese jackknife. This hold is a recognized wrestling grip and can be gotten only when the victim is on the floor, although, as Londos explains it, one must get a wrist lock first, flipping the opponent on his back. As the men hit the floor the aggressor grabs the arm inside the elbow, and locks his legs over the bent arm, putting it in a vise. He pulls on the elbow to prevent the opponent from jerking the arm out of the vise formed by the leg scissors.

Writhing in the grasp of the jackknife hold, Savoldi rose up, taking Londos with him, and while the Greek heavyweight clung to his hold, Savoldi stood over him, standing Londos on his head and rolling his shoulders to the mat.

Referee Bob Managoff, once a heavyweight wrestler, tapped Savoldi on the shoulders, the official signal to stop. The men were near the ropes and Savoldi stepped back into a corner, apparently ready to continue, when Londos got up. When

Managoff walked over to him to lift his hand in victory, Savoldi appeared to be the most surprised man in the Stadium, unless it was Londos.

Londos got to his feet, stared around the ring to where his manager, Ed White, was mounting the steps to protest, and walked to his corner.

Immediately after referee Managoff and Savoldi had posed for pictures the referee hurried from the Stadium and rushed away in a taxi. He seemed anxious to get as far away from the scene of combat as possible. Members of the state athletic commission likewise left immediately and were not available for questioning after the sudden and unexpected termination of what was regarded a certain Londos victory.

Later Chairman Joe triner, reached at his home in Oak Park, said the commission would make a thorough investigation and would have a statement to make Monday.

Referee Managoff was a heavyweight wrestler ten years ago. Since then he has refereed windup wrestling bouts here, alternating with Emil Thiry and Walter Evans. When not refereeing Managoff tends his variety store in the vicinity of Milwaukee and Grand avenues. He is an Armenian and is married. He has three children. He is about 36 years old.

The spectators, who paid $11,850, cheered long and loud for Savoldi when it finally dawned on them that he had thrown Jim Londos, the unconquerable.

Londos and his manager, Ed White, stated after the match that Londos’ title was not at stake. The Illinois athletic commission recognizes no heavyweight title claimants, but the National Wrestling Association, the sport’s controlling group in 18 states, concedes the title to Londos. The match was billed in the Stadium’s advance publicity as for the championship.

Londos claimed that he was not on his shoulders, and there was no count, as required by the rules. According to the rules, one must be held down for three seconds.

White will present a protest to the commission tomorrow.

It was the first time in four years that Londos had been beaten. In the last three years only three men – Jim McMillen, Ray Steele and George Zaharias — had thrown him. In each case, however, it occurred in a two out of three fall match and Londos always won the match.

It seemed to have been no secret among the sporting crowd that Londos was going to be thrown, but the wise ones were silent until after Savoldi actually achieved his victory. All who professed to have had advance information said they had ignored the tip because such rumors are always prevalent before a Londos match.

Results of the preliminary matches:

Jim McMillen, 220, Chicago, threw George Zaharias, 235, Pueblo, Colo., with a crotch hold in 20:28.

Joe Stecher, 226, Dodge, Neb., threw Lou (Blue Sun) Jennings, 212, Seattle, Wash., with a body scissors in 12:32.

Gino Garibaldi, 215, Italy, threw Tom Marvin, 202, Oklahoma, with a cross body hold in 16:40.

Abie Coleman, 205, Los Angeles, threw John Katan, 240, Toronto, with a flying tackle in 13:55.