Syracuse Herald – March 14, 1934
NEW YORK CITY — Jack Hurley, listed as one of the “bad men” in the professional wrestling game and instigator of near riots among spectators in Syracuse, Baltimore, Boston and other places at mat shows, met his death here early this morning in a fall from his room on the fourth floor of the Hotel Lenox, 149 West 44th Street.
According to reports compiled by investigators, Hurley returned to the hotel at 3:30 o’clock, several hours after he had been thrown at the New York Coliseum by Emil Dusek, 205-pound wrestler of Omaha, Neb. The body was found, fully clad, some time later in a courtyard in the rear of the hotel.
Tony Felice, another wrestler residing at the hotel, declared Hurley, while he had improved rapidly since entering the professional mat sport and was regarded as a coming star, had tired of the grappling work and intended to quit shortly and go into business with his father.
Hurley, standing well over six feet, weighed 215 pounds and was extremely proud of his ability to incite the fans. He was placed on a Syracuse mat card last fall when the Disabled War Veterans decided to sponsor professional wrestling and made such a hit on his first appearance that he was brought back several times for repeat performances.
Hurley also was “built up” in the Boston area and drew out the customers in Baltimore, Rochester and other cities on the mat chain whenever he was billed with a rough and ready foe.
Strangely enough, Emil Dusek, who defeated Hurley in his final ring encounter, is scheduled to show in Syracuse on Wednesday, March 21, to oppose Joe Savoldi, the ex-Notre Dame football star, in the main bout of a card rigged up by John Contos, Baltimore promoter.
Police notified Hurley’s mother, Mrs. J.B. Hurley, Belmar, N.J., and his widow, who resides at 317 West 84th Street, New York City.