Tag Archives: Buddy Rogers

Sharkey Retains ‘Title’ In Draw Bout

Washington Post – January 18, 1945

Babe Sharkey again retained his world heavyweight wrestling “title” last night at Turner’s Arena by battling Dutch Rohde to a one hour draw before 1800 fans. The match was rough & several times Referee Tiny Bouque was forced to mix it up with the grappling giants. Continue reading

Rohde Wins Twice On Wrestle Card

Washington Post – January 25, 1945

Herman “Dutch” Rohde, Camden, N.J., star, stole the show on promoter Joe Turner’s weekly mat card last night by turning in two victories, one in 5 minutes and the other in 21. The feature of the night, however, was the Gino Garibaldi vs. LaVerne Baxter tussle, in which Garibaldi won in 20 minutes with a body press. Continue reading

Garibaldi, Baxter Clash On Mat At Arena Tonight

Washington Post – January 24, 1945

Gino Garibaldi, firey Italian veteran among the heavyweight mat maulers, meets LaVerne Baxter, sensational Texas gent, and Dutch Rohde, who wrestled Babe Sharkey to a draw last week, is coupled with Mike Orloff tonight in a double headliner foursome on the Turner Arena card. Continue reading

Bo Bo Versus Cowboy Lee A ‘Battle Of Behemoths’

The Baltimore Afro-American – February 25, 1956

WASHINGTON

Close to 600 pounds of muscle and brawn will be bruited about the Uline Arena ring tonight (Friday) when Bo Bo Brazil, perhaps the nation’s top colored wrestler, tangles with Cowboy Rocky Lee in the co-feature of an all-star mat card. Continue reading

Joe Louis To Referee 2 Bouts On Uline Card

The Washington Afro-American – January 24, 1956

JOE LOUIS

JOE LOUIS

A rematch of the Buddy Rogers and Cowboy Rocky Hi-Lee bout which ended on a riotous note at a recent show is on tap for the Uline Arena wrestling card Friday night.

Promoter Ray Fabiani has lined up Joe Louis former world heavyweight champion, to referee this match. Continue reading

Garvin Got It Back

St. Petersburg Independent – May 2, 1979
Gene Taylor

TAMPA – For a moment Tuesday night at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, Jim Garvin saw his Florida Heavyweight title slip into the clutches of Bugsy McGraw while the referee was looking the other way. Continue reading

A Million Groans, A Million Dollars

Associated Press – May 2, 1963
By Charles Chamberlain

CHICAGO — No Matter how you look at professional wrestling – if you look at all – there’s big money in human beings making pretzels out of each other.

“A million groans, a million dollars,” says Fred Kohler. Continue reading

For The Record

Bergen NJ Record – October 18, 1960
By Al Del Greco

Willie (the Beard) Gilzenberg retired a year or so ago to Miami Beach but he’s not lolling under palm trees.

“The action’s up here,” said Willie, “and I’ve got to hustle for the buck. How else can I keep my wife Lil in the style to which she is accustomed and my partner, Babe Culnan, with enough scratch to throw away on the gee-gees?” Continue reading

Buddy Rogers

The Blade – June 28, 1992

Wrestler’s 24-year career included stint as world champion

Buddy Rogers in pensive mood in 1949, above, and in a bejeweled cape in 1948

Buddy Rogers in pensive mood in 1949, above, and in a bejeweled cape in 1948

Buddy Rogers 6-28-92 2

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Buddy “Nature Boy” Rogers, a world champion wrestler who finished his 24-year career with a win in a 1983 exhibition tag-team match, died from complications of two massive strokes this week.  He was 71. Continue reading

Thesz Shows Old Speed Beating Buddy Rogers

Globe & Mail – February 8, 1963
By Steve York

There’s life in the old dog yet as Old Dog Trey of the old song might say.

Meaning that Lou Thesz had enough speed and agility to take care of younger opponent Buddy Rogers in the main wrestling match last night at Maple Leaf Gardens. Thesz retained the National Wrestling Alliance world’s heavyweight championship he won from Rogers two weeks ago at the Gardens by taking the match, two falls to one. Continue reading