Tag Archives: Jack Donovan

What’s Happened To Old-Time Favourites?

Southern Cross, Wellington, New Zealand – June 10, 1949

In last Sunday’s “World of Sport” broadcast from Radio 2ZB, Wellington, Wallie Ingram, Sports Editor of Southern Cross, gave interesting information about some of the wrestlers seen in New Zealand in the earlier days of streamlined wrestling.   Today, Form Parade reprints this talk — from the original radio script — as an exclusive feature.   If you’ve wondered what happened to “Whiskers” Blake, “Count” Joe Varga, or some of the others, you might find the answer in the following: Continue reading

Rudy Dusek Faces Donovan At Armory

New York Post – April 6, 1936

Rough Man of Mat May Meet His Match Friday Night

The combination of an injury and the sudden rise of his younger brother, Ernie, put Rudy Dusek in the wrestling background for awhile but he’s coming back slowly to the heights he formerly reached.  Another step in the campaign will be made Friday night when he opposes Jack Donovan at Twenty-second Engineers Armory. Continue reading

Wrestler Donovan Dies From Injuries

Associated Press – May 27, 1940

ONTARIO, Calif. – John B. (Jack) Donovan, 30, Boston wrestler who had been living at 1927 W. Sixth St., Los Angeles, died today of injuries received Saturday (May 25) when his automobile collided with a truck during a fog.

Londos Pitches Foe To Floor

Los Angeles Times – May 23, 1940
By Al Wolf

There’s been many a dive at the Olympic in these many years of fisticuffing and grappling, but never one so perfect as that involuntarily executed last night by Pantaleon Manlapig. Continue reading

Ali Baba In Mat Triumph

Los Angeles Times – June 23, 1938
By Jack Singer

Just what effect it is likely to have on the national debt, the European crisis and the 1940 presidential election is not yet apparent but a rassler actually knocked himself out by landing on his head last night. Continue reading

Wrestler Dies In Stadium Bout; Inquiry Called As Rival Held

Washington Post – June 26, 1936
By Bill McComick

Mike Romano, veteran wrestler, died on the mat before 5,000 people at Griffith Stadium last night.

The 40-year-old native of Trieste, Italy, was being counted out by referee Cyclone Burns after 13 – minutes of a match with Jack Donovan, of Boston, when he became unconscious. Continue reading

Hardboiled Haggerty Stops El Pulpo In Mat Massacre

Los Angeles Times – October 27, 1938
By Jack Singer

W.P.A. crews, working in shifts, last night were removing the broken body of El Pulpo, the Mexican Octopus Man, in sections and transporting said torso the glue factory where, attendants report, there is a 50-50 chance that it will be patched up again as good as new, give or take an arm. Continue reading

Romano’s Death

Newark Star Eagle – June 27, 1936

The death of Mike Romano during a wrestling bout with Jack Donovan in Washington the other night should help convince the customers that the mat racket is a very tough buck, indeed. The shenanigans of the bone-crushers may be very amusing, and they may known in advance that the outcome of each match is going to be. Still the customers aren’t the real suckers.

The chumps are Romano and his kind, who take an unmerciful beating for a few dollars almost every night in the week. Even leather-necked bullet-headed wrestlers risk life and limb when they permit themselves to be tossed out of the ring onto a cement floor, or to have their heads pounded on the thin canvas. First reports on Romano who made a specialty of begging piteously for mercy from the headliners while they twisted and heaved him around the ring, had him dying of a broken neck.

He was only a stooge, but he absorbed more punishment for twenty-five bucks in a thirty-minute bout than Louis took from Schmeling, and the racket finally got him. Well, it was a living…”