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Wrestlers Are Busy

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle – March 10, 1911

Alphhonse Steurs of Belgium, who wrestled George Hackenschmidt a draw in Montreal recently, has returned to this city.  Efforts are being made to arrange a finish match between Hackenschmidt and the Belgian champion, to take place here.  Big Joe Rogers, the American Apollo, who has repeatedly tried to secure a match with either “Hack,” Zbyszko or Frank Gotch, is on the trail of Pilakoff, who is meeting all comers this week at a local theater, in conjunction with Demetral, the Greek champion.  Rogers has secured backing to the extent of $1,000 to wrestle any man in the world to a finish, and intends to force some of the big foreigners to prove their ability and reputation by first defeating the local heavyweight champion, who is willing to risk his money on the result.  Rogers will hereafter challenge any and all of them at the ring, wherever they appear, to prove his claim.  Demetral, the Greek champion, has also agreed to meet Steurs after his match with Frank Gotch, which takes place in Omaha, Neb., on March 16.  Demetral will appear tonight against Andy Kandrat, the Lithuanian giant, and Pilakoff will meet Hans Tell, the Tyrol giant.

New Yorkers Are Easy For Athletic Grafters

The Pittsburgh Press – March 9, 1908

New York, March 9.–Little old New York is preparing for its annual “fall.”  The home of the confidence game and high finance, where the wisest gees in the world hang forth, is welcoming with open arms the Frank Gotch – Joe Rogers handicap “wrassling” match.

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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.