Tag Archives: Dick the Bruiser

Chargers’ Ladd Debut March 26

Chicago Defender – March 19-25, 1966

Ernie Ladd, giant Negro defensive tackle in pro football, will make his Chicago debut in wrestling March 26 when he meets Bulldog Plechas in the Amphitheatre, 43rd and Halstead Sts. Continue reading

Lou Thesz Victor In Mat Battle

Honolulu Star-Bulletin – February 17, 1966

Former world’s heavyweight wrestling champion Lou Thesz won by a disqualification over Dick the Bruiser Afflis last night in one of the feature matches at the Honolulu International Center Arena. Continue reading

Lou Holds ‘World’ From Dick Bruiser

Atlanta Journal – June 2, 1963
By Wayne Thompson

When Lou Thesz, like Liberty Valance, comes into town – more aptly the wrestling arena – most men step aside.

The 48-year-old St. Louis native has been wrestling for almost 30 years, a champion. In fact, he still is the champion – of the world, in fact. Continue reading

Bruiser Hurls Chair At Eric; Halt Mat Bout

Chicago Tribune – October 18, 1958

Boris and Nicoli Volkoff held Verne Gagne and Edouard Carpentier to a draw in the featured tag match in the wrestling show Friday night in the Amphitheater in the stock yards. But it was a mere warmup for what followed. Continue reading

‘Dick The Bruiser,’ 62, Dies In Florida

St. Louis Post-Dispatch – November 12, 1991
By Keith Schildroth

Richard Afflis, known to wrestling fans locally and around the country as ”Dick the Bruiser,” died Sunday afternoon at his winter home in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla.

He was 62. Continue reading

Mat Men Who Know Best, Go Pressed

Chicago Tribune – April 7, 1956
By Cooper Rollow

With men who know wrestling best, it’s the body press, 4 to 3.

There are many ways of winning on the professional mat, most of them suspect in one way or another. But the true and tried body press – mayhem in a lethal, but legal, dose – won the popularity test last night in the International Amphitheater. Continue reading

Thesz, Snyder Meet Tonight On Mat Card

Chicago Tribune – July 6, 1956
By Frank Mastro

The sixth wrestling show of the year will be held in International Amphitheater tonight, headed by Lou Thesz and Wilbur Snyder, and attended by an expected 8,000. The bout is booked for two of three falls with a one-hour time limit. Continue reading

Lisowskis Win Tag Team Bout At Marigold

Chicago Tribune – July 1, 1956

Reggie and Stan Lisowski beat Nick Bockwinkel and Seymour Koenig two out of three falls in last night’s tag team wrestling bout in Marigold arena. The event headlined a six-bout card. Dick the Bruiser beat Bozo Brown in two falls in the semi-windup. Other results: Continue reading

Snyder, Thesz Battle To Draw Before 8,853

Chicago Tribune – July 7, 1956
By Frank Mastro

Wilbur Snyder, national television wrestling champion, and Lou Thesz, former National Wrestling Alliance titleholder, battled to a one-hour draw last night in the International Amphitheater. Continue reading

Snyder Beats Schmidt, And 7,132 Cheer

Chicago Tribune – June 2, 1956

Wilbur Snyder retained his national television wrestling title last night in International Amphitheater much to the delight of 7,132 spectators who saw him win two of three falls from Hans Schmidt of Montreal. Continue reading