Tag Archives: Dick Raines

What’s Happened To Old-Time Favourites?

Southern Cross, Wellington, New Zealand – June 10, 1949

In last Sunday’s “World of Sport” broadcast from Radio 2ZB, Wellington, Wallie Ingram, Sports Editor of Southern Cross, gave interesting information about some of the wrestlers seen in New Zealand in the earlier days of streamlined wrestling.   Today, Form Parade reprints this talk — from the original radio script — as an exclusive feature.   If you’ve wondered what happened to “Whiskers” Blake, “Count” Joe Varga, or some of the others, you might find the answer in the following: Continue reading

Sports Front

The Sydney Morning Herald – July 25, 1951
By Hugh Dash

At a recent Sydney Stadium wrestle I made a sneak survey among 20 ringside regulars, men and women.

Two were convinced they were seeing a genuine life-and-death struggle between the bone-and-muscle men. Continue reading

Wrestling

The Milwaukee Journal – August 31, 1932

San Francisco, Calif. – Don George, Boston, won from Dan Koloff, Bulgaria, on a foul after each had gained one fall.  Koloff was disqualified for using rabibit punches; John Pesek, Ravenna, defeated Dick Raines, Texas, in 5 minutes; Ira Dern, Salt Lake City, and Bob Kruse, Portland, Ore, drew in 60 minutes; Everett Marshall, La Junta, Col., pinned Barney Ostopovitch, Russia, in 15 minutes; Bull Heffner, Texas, and Hardy Krushkamp, Columbus, Ohio, drew in 30 minutes. 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

Lewis Beats George To Regain Mat Title

Los Angeles Times – April 14, 1931

Ed (Strangler) Lewis proved himself the noblest Roman of the wrestling game by winning the mat championshp last night for the fourth time by defeating Don George, the defending title-holder, in two straight falls, at Wrigley Field. The first fall came in 1h. 10m. 26s. following a seeries of headlocks and the winning fall of the match was obtained by Lewis in 7m. 42s. with a hammerlock which George could not break. Approximately 12,000 fans witnessed the championship mat contest staged by “Carnation” Lou Daro. Continue reading

Thesz Unveils The Red Mask And Finds Hefner

Globe & Mail – June 12, 1953
By Steve York

If that don’t beat the Dutch!

Champion Lou Thesz defeated the Red Mask last night at Maple Leaf Gardens and he turned out to be Dutch Hefner. Continue reading

Stadium Wrestle

The Sydney Morning Herald – October 31, 1951

Dick Raines will meet Chief Little Wolf at Sydney Stadium to-night in the second-last wrestling match of the season. Continue reading

Bull Martin Added To Portland Program With Richard Stahl

The Lewiston Daily Sun – December 15, 1933

Portland, Dec. 14 – Bull Martin, that rough and ready grappler from Trenton, N. J. will appear on the mat at the Exposition Building, Monday night, in a preliminary to the Bob (Bibber) McCoy-Al Mercier feature bout, Promoter Chick Hales announced today. Continue reading

Strangler Ed Pinch Hits For Friend, Loses

Tacoma News Tribune – September 19, 1945

In an unexpected appearance, Strangler Ed Lewis, pinch hitting for his protege, Cliff Gustafson, lost two straight to Rube Wright in the semi windup at the weekly wrestling matches at the Midway Arena Tuesday night.

Gustafson was injured Monday night in Seattle and Lewis agreed to take his place. Wright took the first fall in 18 minutes as a result of a successful step-over toehold. The second fall came 12 minutes into the second period with a body slam.

After Dick Raines, 230, had been awarded the deciding third fall over Seelie Samara, 245, his reluctance to discontinue his slamming the big Negro about the mat drew the ire of Referee Nick Zvolis who disqualified Raines, reversed his decision, and gave the match to Samara.

The first fall went to Samara with a body press in 15 minutes. The second period ended in 2 minutes as Raines pinned Samara using a back breaker.

In the best match of the evening, Kay Bell, 235-pound ex-WSC footballer, and Mickey Gavas, 240, struggled to a 30-minute draw before the fair-sized crowd.