Tag Archives: Maurice LaChapelle

Eric Whitehead’s Fan Fare

Vancouver Daily Province – January 18, 1951

A lot of nice honest wrestlers will probably be hurt by this, but having recently viewed both Gorgeous Gussie and Gorgeous George at reasonably close quarters, I must cast my vote for Gussie. 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.