Tag Archives: Ed “Strangler” Lewis

Lewis To Tackle Polish Star Friday

The Milwaukee Journal – March 5, 1929

Ed (Strangler) Lewis, who was butted out of his heavyweight crown by Gus Sonnenberg, comes back to Milwaukee Friday night for the first time since he lost his title to engage Joe Rogacki, undefeated Polish heavyweight star.  The match between Lewis and Rogacki will be staged at the Gayety theater and will go to a finish best two falls in three. Continue reading

Lewis to Meet Zbyszko

The New York Times – April 13, 1921

Champion Wrestler Will Defend Title in Benefit Bout for Irish.

The last important wrestling bout of the local season will be held May 6 at the Seventy-first Regiment Armory for the benefit of the Irish Relief Fund.  On that occasion Ed (Strangler) Lewis, giant Kentuckian, will defend his heavyweight championship against Stanislaus Zbyszko, veteran Polish grappler.  The men will wrestle one fall.  Promoter Jack Curley is conducting the match.  Curley expects, in view of the fact that the proceeds will be donated to the Irish cause, and also because of the championship element of the match, that the receipts will exceed any recorded here this season. Continue reading

Don’t Get Excited Over Talk Of Mixed Match, Says Menke

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer – January 15, 1923
By Frank G. Menke

NEW YORK — Do not become unduly exercised over the “scheduled” mixed match involving Jack Dempsey and Strangler Lewis.

Chances are that it’s merely a bit of hokum designed to get a little publicity for Dempsey, Lewis and the town of Wichita, Kan. Continue reading

Lewis Keeps Title By Pinning Meyers

The New York Times – February 7, 1933
By James P. Dawson

Ed (Strangler) Lewis, world’s heavyweight wrestling champion, had no difficulty defending his crown last night against the assault of Dr. Fred Meyers, Chicago’s grappler-dentist, in Madison Square Garden. Continue reading

Illinois Takes Rest From Mat Shows

Associated Press – April 12, 1933

CHICAGO – Wrestling throughout the commonwealth of Illinois was finally laid to rest today after a posthumous exhibition in the Coliseum last night in which Jim Browning pinned Ed “The Strangler” Lewis with a scissors. Continue reading

Lewis Clashes With Carnera In Mat Bout

Miami Herald – December 2, 1947

Primo Carnera, former heavyweight boxing champion, pits his 265-pound, six-foot-six-inch frame against Ed (Strangler) Lewis’ famous strangle hold tonight in the feature wrestling event at the Coral Gables Coliseum. Continue reading

Jim Browning Trounces Gus Sonnenberg

Los Angeles Times – July 13, 1933

Surprising practically nobody, Jim Browning defeated Gus Sonnenberg in the feature wrestling match at the Olympic last night. Gus won the first fall but Browning rallied to take the next two in great style. Continue reading

Jim McMillen Throws Lewis At Coliseum

Chicago Tribune – October 21, 1936

Father Time, aided by Jim McMillen, finally caught up with Ed (Strangler) Lewis last night at the Coliseum Annex as the 45-year-old former heavyweight champion was beaten after 23 minutes 10 seconds of wrestling. McMillen threw Lewis, who has campaigned for 27 years, with a flying tackle after breaking a series of headlocks. The 1,500 fans had anticipated a Lewis victory. Gross receipts were $1,400. Continue reading

Mr. Lewis Falls Prey To Savoldi

Los Angeles Times – May 23, 1933

NEW YORK, May 22 (AP) — Jumping Joe Savoldi, the illustrious ex-footballer, advanced another step toward the wrestling heights tonight with a field goal victory over old Ed (Strangler) Lewis at Madison Square Garden. Continue reading

Jim Browning Out To Wreck Gus Sonnenberg

Los Angeles Times – July 11, 1933

When Jim Browning arrived here from the East a few days ago to complete training work for his three-fall title match with “Dynamite” Gus Sonnenberg at the Olympic tomorrow night, he was warned by close friends to keep pout of the way of the former champion’s low billy-goat butts as the referee had never called a foul on the chunky 200-pounder for their use. Continue reading