Time – December 12, 1932
Two of the ugliest professional athletes in the U. S. last week crawled through the ropes of a ring at Madison Square Garden. One was blubbery Ed (“Strangler”) Lewis, recognized by the New York State Athletic Commission as the heavyweight wrestling champion of the world. The other was crook-nosed Ray Steele, whose challenge the Commission had ordered Lewis to accept. Continue reading
The Southeast Missourian – February 14, 1930
Kansas City, Feb. 14. – (AP) – Three of the field of 30 heavyweight wrestlers entered in a series of matches planned by the Kansas City American Legion to pick a logical contender for the world title claimed by Gus Sonnenberg were eliminated today as a result of the first card last night. Continue reading
Los Angeles Times – November 21, 1930
Dan Koloff’s devastating headlocks and front head slams, two holds in which the Balkan mat lion specializes, are expected to play havoc with Don George’s chances of repeating his victory over the powerful 225-pounder when they meet in the finish feature event of Lou Daro’s wrestling show at the Olympic Wednesday night (Nov. 26). Continue reading
Time – May 18, 1931
In Montreal bulky Henri Deglane wriggled out of a series of headlocks and clapped a flying mare on bullet headed, cone houldered old Ed (“Strangler”; Lewis, “world’s champion” of the Sandow-Bowser group of wrestlers, and flapped him over. Loudly cheered Canuck partisans, for no one had expected Deglane to get a fall. Again they wrestled. Lewis threw Deglane. But when the French-Canadian got up he grimaced pitiably, held out his right arm, showed toothmarks, swore that Lewis had bitten him. Indignant, the referee conferred with athletic commissioners, awarded the fall, the bout, the championship, to Deglane. Indignant, Wrestler Lewis accused the new “champion” of having, like the hero of the old wrestling anecdote (who did it by mistake), bitten himself.