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Wrestling to the Fore Once More

(Copyright, 1905, by McClure, Phillips & Co.)

The Minneapolis Journal – December 3, 1905

The present vogue for wrestling, which became marked last year and which is exceedingly strong this season, is sufficient reason for calling the interested public’s attention to this, the not least interesting fact about wrestlers today that, unlike prize fighters, they are a pretty abstemious lot when out of training as well as when in. Continue reading

Hackenschmidt’s Great Strength Due To Work

George Hackenschmidt - Hard Work article 4-8-1905

The World – April 8, 1905
By Robert Edgren

Famous Russian Wrestler Tells Robert Edgren the Story of His Life, His Marvellous Development and How He Attained It.

 Georges Hackenschmidt stood in Elmer’s gymnasium yesterday afternoon and toyed with a pair of big black dumbbells.  He tossed them up and down for ten minutes, ran through a whole series of movements, and finally held them out at arm’s length without the quiver of a muscle.

“Why do you have these light weights here?” he asked of Billy Elmer, who was looking on open-mouthed.

“Light!” exclaimed Elmer.  “Great Scott! Those weigh eighty-five pounds each.  Nobody here uses them at all.  What do you want, anyhow?”

“I wish you would get a pair of 150-pound bells, so that I can take some exercise,” replied the Russian wrestler.

“Do you always use such big weights?”

“Always!  How can a man get strong unless he does a strong man’s work?” Continue reading

Hackenshmidt Accepts Offer To Meet Gotch

The Pittsburg Press – July 5, 1907

Kansas City, July 5. – William D. Scoville, president of the Missouri Athletic Club, today received an acceptance from Charles B. Cochran, of London, England, of his offer of a purse of $10,000 for a match between Hackenschmidt and Gotch for the world’s wrestling championship.  The winner to take 75 per cent and the loser 25.  Hackenschmidt will arrive in this country February next.

On The Hoof

Saturday Evening Post – December 14, 1935
By Milton MacKaye

The standing of wrestling as a profit-making enterprise has received little attention in the economic journals, and even those publications devoted to the fevers of sport have been niggardly in space and headlines. There has been a general tendency to regard wrestling as a sort of little country cousin of the opulent boxing profession, a rude and primitive trial of strength persisting feebly in the backwoods sections, but destined ultimately to become as extinct as the broadsword. As a public spectacle, it has been rated just ahead of long-distance walking contests and the hop, skip, and jump, and considerably behind the breath-taking thrills and romance of puss-in-the-corner and the potato race. Continue reading

Hackenschmidt – He Searches The World For Gotch

The Kansas City Times – January 8, 1910

Newspaper cartoon with George Hackenschmidt searching the world for Frank Gotch

Hackenschmidt Wrestles Tonight

Associated Press – April 20, 1908

LONDON, Eng. – The wrestling match between George Hackenschmidt, the Russian Lion, and Zovsco, is scheduled to take place tonight. Hackenschmidt is as popular as ever in England and his defeat by Frank Gotch in America has in no way lessened him in the opinion of Englishmen. They still maintain he is the American’s master.

Hackenschmidt Sails For Dear Old London

Associated Press – April 8, 1908

NEW YORK – Sore in mind and body, George Hackenschmidt, the “Russian Lion” and former world’s champion wrestler, is on the ocean bound for England. Hackenschmidt did not wish to discuss his recent match in Chicago with Frank Gotch, but before he sailed he said: Continue reading

Comments Of Late Sporting Events

Tacoma Daily News – April 4, 1908
By Biddy Bishop

The result of the big wrestling match last night came as a gentle surprise to nine-tenths of the sporting public. There were few who thought Frank Gotch had a chance to throw Hackenschmidt and the betting in the East showed plainly that the people in that section, where the men had prepared, were of the same frame of mind. Odds of 1 to 2 went begging on the foreigner and there was a lot of money wagered that Gotch would not get even the semblance of a fall. That the “Russian Lion” is not invincible was clearly proven last night and the American is entitled to all the glroy and coin he earned from his splendid victory. The contest showed more than one thing. It brought out the fact that George Hackenschmidt is not a thoroughly game wrestler. Gotch’s rough tactics and continued aggressiveness took the ginger out of the visitor and he lost heart. Frank Gotch will earn a good-sized fortune as the result of his victory. It is reported that 8,000 persons saw the match last night and as the prices ranged from $3 to $25 it is estimated the gate receipts amounted to something like $60,000.

Hackenschmidt Quit To Gotch

Associated Press – April 4, 1908

CHICAGO – George Hackenschmidt, the famous “Russian Lion,” generally regarded as the greatest wrestler of his time, and heralded as the world’s champion, quit cold-blooded in his match with Frank Gotch last night at Dexter Pavilion before 8,000 spectators after wrestling tugging with the sturdy Iowa man for two solid hours. Continue reading

Around Our Town

Humboldt Standard – November 2, 1954
By Scoop Beal

With the announcement that world’s wrestling champion Lou Thesz would come to Eureka next Monday for a match at Municipal Auditorium, there came about much talk of wrestling champions through the ages – there are still a few oldtimers around that remember Frank Gotch as the greatest of them all – and there are the oldtimers who claim that “Strangler” Ed Lewis, champion during the “Golden Age” of sports, was the greatest matman that ever lived – the ruling body of wrestling in the U.S.A. is known as the National Wrestling Alliance – this organization recorded the champions of wrestling from 1905 to the present day, as follows: Continue reading