Tag Archives: Jack Smith

Londos And Stecher Do It All Over Again Tonight

Chicago Tribune – March 3, 1933

Joe Stecher, the Nebraskan who is one of wrestling’s patriarchs by virtue of his years of experience, will seek his fourth lease on the world’s heavyweight championship tonight at the Chicago Stadium. He will engage Jim Londos, who has made the most sustained claim to the crown for the last three years, for the second time in six weeks. Continue reading

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Londos-Stecher Mat Drama Goes On Boards Again

Chicago Tribune – March 2, 1933

The second 1933 showing in Chicago of the Jim Londos-Joe Stecher wrestling number, familiar to followers of the grappling pastime at intervals during the last decade, will be presented at the Chicago Stadium tomorrow night before what is expected to be a record crowd at a local match. Continue reading

Jim Londos And Joe Savoldi Meet Tonight

Chicago Tribune – April 7, 1933

Jim Londos and Joe Savoldi will wrestle tonight at the Stadium in the main bout of a five-match program. The encounter is to be decided by one fall, with a time limit of an hour and a half.

In one of the other bouts, Jim McMillen will meet George Zaharias. Matchmaker Coffey has promised McMillen that he will get a chance at the winner of the main bout at a later date if he is victorious tonight. Continue reading

Wrestling Cards To Help In Polio Drive In Girardeau

The Southeast Missourian – January 16, 1956

The march of Dimes Polio Fund will receive a financial lift Friday night at the Arena when the Odd Fellows turn over their share of gate receipts of the wrestling matches to this worthy cause.  Leonard Thomas, local wrestling promoter said that this polio benefit card has the greatest array of wrestling talent that he has ever been able to assemble for a single night’s wrestling. Continue reading

Fischer Awarded Decision Over Meyers On Mat

Chicago Tribune – January 8, 1929

Charles (Midget) Fischer won the referee’s decision in his wrestling match last night at the Broadway Armory with Johnny Meyers, former middleweight champion. Continue reading

Nazi Salute Injected Into Garden Mat Warfare

Boston Globe – May 12, 1939

Paul Bowser brought a new angle to the wrestling business last night in his
attempt to draw the fans, when one of the new members of his troupe parade
around the ring giving the Nazi salute, after he won his match, just prior to
the Ben Shalom-Harry Jacobs bout. Continue reading

16,800 See Londos Pin Stecher; 59 Minutes

Chicago Tribune – March 4, 1933
By Charles Bartlett

James Londos still is in control of at least 51 per cent of the world’s wrestling championship, despite the earnest efforts of Joe Stecher, once the main stockholder in the corporation, to persuade him to relinquish it at the Stadium last night. Continue reading

Krone Moves Wrestlers To Outdoor Ring

Chicago Tribune – June 21, 1931

Open air wrestling makes its debut tomorrow night at Mills stadium, 4700 West Lake Street, where promoter Doc Krone will present five heavyweight matches. The first contest starts at 8:15 o’clock. Continue reading

Steve Casey Defeats Dean Detton

San Jose Evening News – June 22, 1944

Srgt. Jack Smith Wins Over Handsome Kay Bell

Taking the only fall of the match, Steve (Crusher) Casey defeated Dean Detton to retain his world’s heavyweight title at the civic auditorium last night.

Casey, who is recognized as the world’s king in 36 states, had too much power and all-around class for the lighter Detton.  It was a bitter and grueling battle all the way, however.

It took the champion 50 minutes to chalk up the only fall over Detton, a former world’s titleholder.  Casey used a toe hold and body press to turn the trick.  The time limit expired before either grappler could gain another fall.

Casey used toe holds and leg holds all through the match, while Detton countered with a short arm scissors.

Smith Wins In First Bout

Making his first appearance in San Jose, Sgt. Jack Smith won the semi-windup contest over Handsome Kay Bell.  Smith won the only fall in 14 minutes with a body slam and then held Bell in check the remainder of the match.

Big Ben Morgan won the opener over Stan Pinto when the latter tried a body slam which backfired.

A crowd of nearly 2000 attended the matches.

Steve Casey Whips George Koverly

San Jose Evening News – July 26, 1944

SAN FRANCISCO, July 26. – Before 3000 fans, the best house in weeks, Steve (Crusher) Casey took two straight falls from George Koverly in the main event on the civic auditorium wrestling card last night.  Casey won the first after eight minutes, 20 seconds, when Koverly was disqualified for roughness.  He pinned his opponent to end the match after 10:01 minutes more of rough tactics.

The semi-final went to Sandor Szabo in 8:20 with his famous back drop over Jack Smith.  Bill Hanson drop-kicked Sgt. Chief Little Wolf out of action in 18:10 and, in the curtain raiser, Big Ben Morgan and Kay Bell went 20 minutes to a draw.