Tag Archives: LaVerne Baxter

Rohde Wins Twice On Wrestle Card

Washington Post – January 25, 1945

Herman “Dutch” Rohde, Camden, N.J., star, stole the show on promoter Joe Turner’s weekly mat card last night by turning in two victories, one in 5 minutes and the other in 21. The feature of the night, however, was the Gino Garibaldi vs. LaVerne Baxter tussle, in which Garibaldi won in 20 minutes with a body press. Continue reading

Garibaldi, Baxter Clash On Mat At Arena Tonight

Washington Post – January 24, 1945

Gino Garibaldi, firey Italian veteran among the heavyweight mat maulers, meets LaVerne Baxter, sensational Texas gent, and Dutch Rohde, who wrestled Babe Sharkey to a draw last week, is coupled with Mike Orloff tonight in a double headliner foursome on the Turner Arena card. Continue reading

Sports Front

The Sydney Morning Herald – July 25, 1951
By Hugh Dash

At a recent Sydney Stadium wrestle I made a sneak survey among 20 ringside regulars, men and women.

Two were convinced they were seeing a genuine life-and-death struggle between the bone-and-muscle men. Continue reading

Dean Injured As He Falls Before Szabo

Los Angeles Herald-Express – July 15, 1937
By E.W. Krauch

Man Mountain Dean, giant Georgia hillbilly wrestler, wasn’t kiddin’ in the least last night at the Olympic Auditorium as he lay on the canvas moaning:

“My leg, my leg! It’s broken!”

Today Dean, with his left leg in a cast, was in Georgia Street Receiving Hospital. Continue reading

Londos Scores Over Szabo At Olympic

Los Angeles Times – November 9, 1939

Lee Wykoff joined the also-rans in the international wrestling tourney at the Olympic last night, lumbering Hans Steinke being returned the winner, but it was Jeemy Londos and Sandor Szabo who stole the show with a Graeco-Roman match which had no bearing on the tournament proper. 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

Jim Londos Still Has It, Pins Baxter

San Francisco Chronicle – December 14, 1938

Jeemy Londos, the Greek Adonis, still has what it takes.

Before a banner house at Dreamland last night, Londos reduced LaVerne Baxter, erstwhile “bad man,” to the status of teacher’s pet in two straight falls. Continue reading

Londos Meets Baxter

San Francisco Chronicle – December 13, 1938

Boxcar Jeemy Londos, triple threat of the mat, returns to his old hangout at Dreamland Auditorium tonight to take the wild out of Wildman LaVerne Baxter in a two-hour, three-falls struggle for the world’s grapple belt. Continue reading

Wrestlers Warned As Death Probe Ends

The Seattle Times – March 7, 1940

After LaVerne Baxter, “villain” wrestler, testified the horseplay which figured in the death of John Stevens, referee, was partly prearranged and was not prompted by anger, George Adams, secretary of the State Athletic Commission, concluded testimony at a coroner’s inquest today with a warning that “harsh” penalties will be invoked in the future against wrestlers who harm referees. Continue reading

Londos And Szabo Tangle In Graeco-Roman Tiff

Los Angeles Times – November 8, 1939

Jimmy Londos makes his first appearance in a wrestling ring here since he joined the ranks of the benedicts when he appears tonight at the Olympic in a Graeco-Roman match against Sandor Szabo, the Hungarian heavyweight star.

Jimmy is the world’s catch-as-catch-can champion, but Szabo has repeatedly dared him to meet him at the ancient European style and it took quite a bit of angling to get Londos to agree to the match.

Olympic rules will prevail. The match will be over three periods of 10 minutes each with a minute rest in between. A decision will be rendered by two judges and the referee on the best two-out-of-three throws. No holds are permitted below the waist under Graeco-Roman rules.

Don McDonald will referee the bout and Snowy Baker, noted Australian sportsman, and Frank Borzage, the ace film director, will act as judges.

Szabo was an Olympic Games champion at Graeco-Roman before coming to this country. Londos often has wrestled abroad under Graeco-Roman rules but never here.

The Graeco-Roman bout is an added feature, promoter Jack Daro announces, to the international tournament bouts. Nine matches are on the tourney card with the Hans Steinke-Lee Wykoff showdown being the top spot in interest.

Bill Hansen, Salt Lake star, is in a tight spot this evening. If he loses to Hardboiled Haggerty he will be dropped from the tourney.

Other tournament matches on the card: Lee Wykoff vs. Hans Steinke; Vic Christy vs. Tom Zaharias; Sammy Stein vs. Hank Metheny; Crusher Al Billings vs. Joe Pazandak; Cliff Thiede vs. LaVerne Baxter; Tiny Roebuck vs. Henry Graber, and Jack Kogut vs. Young Stecher.