Tag Archives: Leo Numa

Russell In Opener On Mat Card

Rochester Times-Union – April 2, 1940

The card completed by the addition of a Rebel Russell-Mark Hosely opener and the substitution of King Kong Cox for Wild Bill Longson in the semi-final, mat impresarios today sat back to wait the verdict of the addicts on the “all roughhouse” card they’ve rigged up for the Convention Hall ring tomorrow night. Continue reading

Russell Is Aspirant To Wrestling Crown

The Gazette – May 23, 1944

“Rebel Bob” Russell may become a figure in the battle to decide whose going to meet Sandor Szabo next, first chapter of which will be staged at the Forum Wednesday night, with Yvon Robert meeting Leo Numa, and the Masked Marvel tackling clever Regis Siki, the Sengalese star, in one-fall matches both to a finish. 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

Verne Gagne, TV Mat Ace, Here Tonight

Atlanta Constitution – February 19, 1954

Verne Gagne, former University of Minnesota athlete and now the rage of TV wrestling fans, will make one of his few Southern appearances here tonight at the Municipal Auditorium. The program opens at 8:30 p.m. The sturdy Gopher is booked for a one-fall, 60-minute time limit feature bout against another TV mat star, Art Nelson of Montreal Canada. Promoter Paul Jones, who spent several weeks trying to get Gagne away from the big city promoters, says it will be one of the best matches staged here in several months. Nelson, a roughhouse battler, has promised to work the popular Gopher over in this match. Jones says advance ticket sales indicate a sellout by the 8:30 p.m. starting time. Supporting the big match will be Leo Numa against Frank Taylor, Omar Kyam versus Red McIntyre, and Walter Kameroff vs. Tinker Todd.

Paavo Applies Final Touches To Mat Card

Tacoma News-Tribune – October 9, 1953

Completion of this Friday night’s Bronko Nagurski-Luther Lindsey wrestling card, which also features a meeting between Frank Stojack and the Masked Marvel, was announced Thursday by promoter Paavo Ketonen. Continue reading

Shadow Drops Numa In Top Event

Bremerton Sun – October 21, 1936

The Red Shadow, 215-pound masked bone-tangler, took a two-fall decision over Leo Numa, 216-pound Ballard Swede, in the headline event of August Sepp’s opening wrestling card at Kitsap Amateur Athletic Club arena last night, and bowled over the referee to boot. Continue reading

Robert Wins Mat Feature, Miller Gets Thumb

Ottawa Citizen – April 27, 1955
By Bernie Nellis

Either referee Sammy McConnell is a nemesis to Big Bill Miller, or Miller just doesn’t like McConnell. Continue reading

Matmen Thrown For Loss On Coast

N.Y. Daily Mirror – April 28, 1939
By Dan Parker

Some people have no sense of humor. Out on the Coast, a lot of legislators in Sacramento are trying to prove wrestling isn’t on the level.

Everyone with common sense knows it is because Promoter Ray Fabiani and Larse McCurley of Philadelphia and Boxing Commissioner Stanley Scheer of Baltimore say it is.

Their word is good enough for me. Besides, if it wasn’t on the level, how could I have predicted that draw in Cleveland Wednesday night between the Great Evans and Bull Komar? Or foreseen tonight’s victory of the Golden Tanker over Hans Steinke in Philadelphia, after King Kong has thrown Nanjo Singh.

Of course it’s on the level, which is why Dzimmie Londos has been signed up for a return bout with Joe Savoldi in Louisville on Derby eve.

Another feather, making 6,732 in all, was added to my hat Wednesday night when, in one of the most astounding upsets of the century, Londos threw Chief Chewacki Trenton. The only mistake he made was in not throwing him into the Delaware River and putting an end to this tiresome serial that dates back to the early days of “The Perils of Pauline.”

On the same card, George Pencheff, Londos’ protege, threw Maurice LaChapelle for the second night in succession. But the issue is still in doubt and they will engage in many a return match before Pencheff is proclaimed the better man.

Shadows are falling all over the wrestling map, in addition to those cast in the Sacramento investigations. There’s a Red Shadow in Montreal and for the information of the natives, he’s the old tanker, Leo Numa, who was the Black Mask in Boston. Leo’s glad to be out of the black and into the red.

Cleveland’s Purple Shadow is Bill Longson, whose back is still calloused from all the dives he took for fifth-raters during his wrestling career. The Purple Shadow left San Francisco recently one hop, skip and a jump ahead of Vigilance Committee.

In the Sacramento investigation, being conducted by the California State Legislature, R.H. (Tommy) Thompson, a former wrestler, testified under oath that practically all wrestling bouts of which he has had any knowledge were fixed and that wrestlers who didn’t obey orders had to get out. Referees had to let wrestlers manhandle them as part of the show, he said.

Thompson chirped his biggest mouthful when he told the investigating committee that from Coast to Coast, he doesn’t know of a single heavyweight wrestler who can’t beat Man Mountain Dean, despite Man Mountain’s long string of victories. This expert fearlessly picks Dzimmie Londos to beat Man Mountain Dean when and if they meet again.

Mat Prophet Now Idol Of Brooklyn Lassies

N.Y. Daily Mirror – April 27, 1939
By Dan Parker

There were cries of: “Hear, hear!” and “Bravo!” when Jim Londos pinned Abie Kashey, as predicted EXCLUSIVELY in the Mirror, Tuesday night in Newark, proving that our Kashey predictions are not only the nuts but are not to be sneezed at.

“How do you do it?” inquired Marian Byrnes and Alice Gallagher of 71-01 Colonial Road, Brooklyn. “We think you are wonderful. It was daring of you to pick Londos over Maurice LaChapelle. May we have your autograph and phone number?”

Daring to go through with a wrestling card on which we had not made a forecast, the Baltimore promoters found themselves with a riot on their hands Tuesday night. It was the species of riot known as Scheer Nonsense in Maryland, since only through the benevolence of Boxing Commissioner Stanley Scheer is such hokum tolerated.

The phony riot was staged by the Golden Tanker (in whose act the riot-ending known as 37-B and is used four times a week) and Jim Klinkstock, substituting without advance notice for King Kong. As usual, the Baltimore Police Department assisted in the riot and all the wrestlers on the supporting card got time and a half for overtime for contributing to it.

Commissioner Scheer issued a statement after the riot to the effect that this sort of thing has got to stop– “until the next show,” he added with a sly wink.

George Pencheff, who threw Maurice LaChapelle on the Baltimore card, did it again last night in Trenton. They’re after the Londos-Savoldi record for consecutive performances, surpassed only by Lou Gehrig’s.

Tonight in Boston, Gus Sonnenberg, miraculously recovered from the brain injuries that had him near death–well, he had a headache anyway–for several seconds after his recent encounter with his stablemate. Crusher Casey will tackle and throw Mayes McLain of Ye Olde Tank Corps. In another bout, the Great Westenberg, alias the Purple Shadow, will engage in a draw with Leo Numa, alias the Black Mask.