Tag Archives: Joe Acton

Billy Muldoon The Apollo

The Williamsport Sunday Grit – January 6, 1889

There are fifteen or twenty prominent professional wrestlers now before the public, but there are not more than a half dozen of them that have much more than a living out of their profession. H.M. Dufur, the collar-and-elbow wrestler, is probably the richest man in the business. He lives at Marlboro, Mass., where he has an elegant home, with plenty of good, paying property. Dufur is worth $50,000. He did not earn it on the mattress, but acquired it by inheritance. William Muldoon, the solid man and the Apollo Belvedere of all wrestlers, probably comes next on the list. Twelve years ago handsome Billy carried a club and paraded as one of the special squad of Broadway “collars.” Muldoon has been a big drawing card ever since he started out as a wrestler. He is also known in the profession as a cold man, and has put a hammer-lock on every dollar that has fallen into his possession. He owns a good farm near Belfast, N.Y., and has besides about $15,000 in other investments. Muldoon would have been better off but for the failure of the Marine Bank in which he was loser to the extent of $16,000. Tom Cannon, the English wrestler, who now makes Cincinnati his home, is one of the “savers” of the business. No better hustler ever lived than this same Cannon, and no one likes “beans,” as he calls money, better than he does. Tom will go to any point for a match, no matter when, if he sees a chance for turning a dollar. He was worth about $5,000 in 1885, but his trip to Australia helped him greatly. He made no less than $11,000 in the antipodes, and returned with about $7,000 of it. Besides Tom married well, his wife being a prospective heir to a farm worth about $15,000. Duncan C. Ross, the Scotch athlete and wrestler, has probably earned more money than all the rest of the wrestlers put together. He is the best jobber and hippodromer in the business, and he works skin matches so well as to always have a good “gate.” Ross is a great “spender,” however. He lets his wealth go with the prodigality of a drunken sailor. Nothing is too good for the Scotch athlete or his friends. For all that, Duncan is not a pauper by any means. He is worth $20,000 or $25,000 and, like Cannon, has been all over the world. Professor Miller is also well to do. He is worth at least $20,000, but he received it from his father’s estate. Joe Acton, “the little demon,” who for years stood head and shoulders above any catch-as-catch-can man in the country, is not worth a dollar. Joe is indolent and a poor business man. He has always had some one to manage his affairs, and is not a good hustler. He is also an intemperate man.


The National Police Gazette: New York – November 11, 1882

The proposed wrestling match for $2,000 and the catch-as-catch-can championship of America, between the famous Joe Acton, the English champion and Clarence Whistler, of Kansas, has not yet been arranged.  Whistler agreed to give $100 to Acton to wrestle in New York, eight weeks from October 21, but Arthur Chambers, Acton’s backer, does not appear to like the proposition.  Whistler, Pilkington and Cannon called at the POLICE GAZETTE office Oct. 25, and authorized us to state that Clarence Whistler will take $100 expenses and wrestle Joe Acton in Philadelphia, in any suitable Hall, according to Acton’s articles, in eight weeks from Saturday, October 21st, the $100 to be made good at the time of final deposit.  Mr. Whistler solicits an early reply to this very accommodating proposition.

Sporting News

The National Police Gazette: New York – September 9, 1882

None of the would-be champion wrestlers has covered Joe Acton’s money.

Edwin Bibby and Hoefler, the wrestlers, have joined the Sullivan combination. Continue reading

Sports And Pastimes

The Syracuse Standard – March 28, 1884

Joe Acton is anxious to wrestle any man in the world, catch-as-catch-can, for from $500 to $1,000 a side.

Duncan C. Ross will wrestle, in Cleveland on April 7, with Sorakichi, the Jap.  Two bouts will be Japanese style, and two catch-as-catch-can.  If a fifth turn is necessary, the choice of style will be tossed for.

A Champion Wrestler

The National Police Gazette: New York – January 1, 1887

Joe Acton 1-1-1887The world renowned Joe Acton of Philadelphia.

Acton Defeats Lewis

The Buffalo Courier – November 24, 1890

The “Strangler” Fails to Down Little Joe

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 23. – A wrestling match took place here last night between Joseph Acton and Evan Lewis for $1,000.  The conditions of the match were that Lewis was obliged to throw his opponent twice in an hour, while Acton won if he gained a fall.  Acton won.


The National Police Gazette: New York – January, 6 1883

CLARENCE WHISTLER has not yet given up the idea that he can throw Joe Acton.  On Dec. 20 James Pilkington, Whistler’s staunch backer, called at the POLICE GAZETTE office, deposited $100 with Richard K. Fox and left the following challenge for his champion: Continue reading

Sporting Notes

The National Police Gazette: New York – July 9, 1887

William Muldoon called at the “Police Gazette” office in reply to the challenge of Evan Lewis, the Strangler, who issued a challenge to wrestle Muldoon or any man in America Graeco-Roman style.  Muldoon states that he will wrestle Lewis and cover any forfeit that he may post either with Richard K. Fox or with any other stakeholder.  If Lewis and his backers mean business they will have no trouble in arranging a match, for Muldoon is eager to meet the Strangler, having never had that opportunity. Continue reading

The Jap Overmatched

Pittsburgh Commercial Gazette – June 17, 1884

Joe Acton Downs Him at His Own Game in Short Order.

Special to the Commercial Gazette.

PHILADELPHIA, PA., June 16. – About 500 persons were attracted to Pastime Park this afternoon to witness the wrestling match between the well-known Joe Acton, champion catch-as-catch-can style, and Matsada Sorakichi.  It was arranged that they should have two trials at the two kinds of wrestling and in the event of a tie score the final to be decided at Graeco-Roman.  A few minutes before 4 o’clock the men appeared stripped to the waist, Acton was very fleshy while the Jap with tanned skin looked like a bronze Hercules.  It proved to be a very tame affair, the Jap being very much overmatched.  The first fall was in Acton’s style and he secured it in two minutes and thirty-four seconds.  After a fresh of a few minutes the Japanese style was tried and by a clever trick Sorakichi let Acton overbalance himself, and to recover he touched the ground with his hands, thus losing the fall.  Another Japanese bout was tried, and Acton this time got hold of Sorakichi and had him down in one minute and thirty-five seconds.  The next, and what proved to be the last throw was catch-as-catch-can, Acton won in one minute and thirty-five seconds.

A Host Of American Champions

The National Police Gazette: New York – December 4, 1888

Joe Acton 12-8-1888

11. – Joe Acton, the Best of Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestlers.