Sacramento Union – March 29, 1955
By Bob McCarty
The National Wrestling Alliance may not recognize Leo Nomellini as heavyweight wrestling champion of the world. Leo has no challengers in Sacramento County after the way he manhandled Ben Sharpe in Memorial Auditorium last night. Continue reading
Posted in 1955
Tagged Ben Sharpe, Bobo Brazil, Enrique Torres, Frank Malcewicz, Jesus Ortega, Johnny Barend, Johnny Valentine, Leo Nomellini, Lu Kim, Mike Sharpe, Steve Stanlee
Detroit Free Press, April 26, 1936
By Tod Rockwell
And now the heavyweight wrestling championship has come to Detroit!
It happened last night at Olympia when Ali Baba, strange man from Detroit’s Hendrie St., pinned the mighty shoulders of Dick Shikat, until then the titleholder, before more than 8,500 wildly cheering spectators. They paid $7,405.93 to see a top-notch show. Continue reading
Detroit Free Press – April 24, 1936
Cheered by the assurance that the federal court at Columbus will not allow opposing wrestling moguls to interfere with his defense of the newly won world mat title, Dick Shikat will place his crown on the block at Olympia Friday night with Ali Baba, the “Terrible Turk,” as the first big bidder. Continue reading
Detroit Free Press – April 7, 1936
By Tod Rockwell
The odds were 3,000 to 2 that Dick Shikat, world wrestling champ, would pin one John Leon Grandovich, title claimant, last night at Arena Gardens. Dick did. Twenty-two minutes after Shikat, the stolid German, was introduced to about 3,500 spectators who grossed $3,500 for Adam Weissmuller. Dick had pinned John with the standard hold of grapplers everywhere – the body press. Continue reading
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Tagged Al George, Ali Baba, Baby Face Nelson, Dick Shikat, Frank Malcewicz, Hans Schnabel, Ivan Rasputin, John Leon Grandovich, Jose Manuel, Mike Kilonis, Muny Warham, Walter Podolak
Humboldt Standard – November 9, 1954
Lou Thesz, heavyweight champion of the world, showed terrific speed and wrestling know-how last night in winning from Big Ben Sharpe before $4221 worth of fans at Eureka’s Municipal Auditorium. Continue reading
Humboldt Standard – November 8, 1954
Lou Thesz, heavyweight wrestling champion of the world, will defend his title tonight at Eureka’s Municipal Auditorium, meeting Ben Sharpe, one of the giant brothers of tag-team wrestling fame.
The match is the main event of an all-star Lions Club program starting at 8 o’clock. Continue reading
Los Angeles Times – February 10, 1938
Jimmy Londos, self-styled international mat champion, last night defeated Sandor Szabo in straight falls in the main wrestling event at the Olympic Auditorium.
The first fall was a marathon affair and lasted one hour and three seconds. Londos finally annexed the pinning with a double leg and back breaker. Continue reading
Posted in 1938
Tagged Abe Yourist, Baron Ginsberg, Bull Martin, Danny Dusek, El Pulpo, Frank Malcewicz, George Zaharias, Jim Londos, Joe Tonti, Killa Shikuma, Leo Papiano, Nick Campofreda, Nick Lutze, Ranjit, Sammy Menacher, Sandor Szabo
Los Angeles Herald – February 9, 1938
Lou Daro’s eyes will be misty tonight when Dan Tobey, veteran announcer, calls the main event principals to the center of the ring.
The first star of his first wrestling show in Los Angeles returns to the fold when Jimmy Londos, the international heavyweight champion, comes to grips with Sandor Szabo, the Hungarian Adonis, who holds the California state title belt. Continue reading
Posted in 1938
Tagged Abe Yourist, Bull Martin, El Pulpo, Frank Malcewicz, George Zaharias, Jim Londos, Killa Shikuma, Lou Daro, Nick Lutze, Ranjit, Sandor Szabo