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Lady Wrestlers

Jet – February 21, 1952

Billy Wolfe, a former wrestler turned manager-booker, broke color line in lady wrestling.

Billy Wolfe, a former wrestler turned manager-booker, broke color line in lady wrestling.

While most women spend hours on end perfecting glamour in an effort to land a husband or a good-paying white collar job, there is today a new corps of women who, forsaking glamour, devote their entire time to building muscles and brawn in order to compete in the age-old sport of wrestling.  Theirs is admittedly a rugged calling – one which sometimes results in bruises and broken bones – yet, they love it for: 1) thrills; and 2) the income.  For although Negro lady wrestlers are relatively new to sportsdom, they earn an average of $300 per week. Continue reading

Everybody In The Act

The Baltimore Afro-American – December 5, 1953

Babs Wingo Mary Horton v Betty White Katherine Wimbley 12-5-53Photo taken at wrestling matches sponsored by Frontier Club Monday evening at the Baltimore Coliseum shows the four participants and both referees tangled up.  On floor, Mary Horton “suffers” from a scissors lock, while Katherine Wimbley on rope strand is getting ready to add to her torture by stomping with her bare feet.  Also on floor is Babs Wingo.  Other girl in tangle is Betty White who teamed with Kathleen in the team match.

HERE BABS WHITE (left) and Mary Horton (right) are having "fun" putting a hammer lock and chin clinch on Betty White, who is everything but amused.

HERE BABS WHITE (left) and Mary Horton (right) are having “fun” putting a hammer lock and chin clinch on Betty White, who is everything but amused.