Tag Archives: Pat Fraley

Lee And Thomas Tangle With Brazil, Szabo

Los Angeles Times – April 24, 1957

Sky Hi Lee and Shag Thomas, the two-man riot squad, put their International TV tag-team title on the line tonight at the Olympic against the new combo of Bobo Brazil and Sandor Szabo. The match goes on at 7:30 p.m. and won’t be televised.

Sky Hi and Shag form a rugged duo. Lee towers 6 feet 9 inches and weighs 290 pounds. He’s an ex-pugilist. Shag, a former All-American from Ohio State, is constructed like a fire hydrant and weighs a mere 240. 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

Detton Steele Draw In Top Attraction

Rocky Mountain News – January 14, 1938
By Abe Pollock

Dean Detton, 225-pound Salt Lake City grappler who formerly claimed one of the ‘umptee heavyweight wrestling titles, wrestled to what is known to the trade as a Mexican standoff in a bout with Ray Steele, 220-pound Nebraskan, in the top spot on Jack Kanner’s mat show last night at the Auditorium. Continue reading

One Red Shadow Tourney Winner

The Oregonian – December 24, 1936

The Pacific Coast Red Shadow used his back breaker to good advantage last night to take the final tussle of a 16-man tournament from Glen Savage.

The windup of the wild and wooly grappling program was just as wild and action-filled as the 14 preceding encounters which led up to the final. Continue reading

Mat Behemoths Set For Tourney

The Oregonian – December 23, 1936

Portland wrestling fans will sit in judgment on one of the hottest wrestling arguments that has taken place in the northwest in years tonight when they weigh the comparative ability of the two Red Shadows, the one who has been wrestling in the northwest and the one whose exploits have been just as great a sensation in the Rocky Mountain region. Continue reading

Jonathan, Valentine Mix In Valley Ring

Los Angeles Times – April 28, 1956

Valley Gardens fans in North Hollywood get a wrestling natural tonight when Leo Jonathan, Navajo Indian from Utah, clashes in a showdown match with Rocky Valentine, roaring cowboy from Lubbock, Tex. Continue reading

Thesz-Fraley Match Heads Tuesday Card

Dallas Morning News – September 1, 1942

Hot on the comeback trail, former world heavyweight champion Louis Thesz, who lost the title only two years ago in Houston, rules a slight favorite over Pat Fraley, colorful Irish heavyweight, in their two-out-of-three-fall battle that will headline the Dallas Wrestling Club’s weekly program Tuesday night at the Sportatorium. Continue reading

Angel Defeats Luttrall in Mat Main

The San Antonio Light – August 1, 1940
By Doc Shaw

Wrestling Results
Maurice “The Angel” Tillet won from Cowboy Luttrall.
Ede Virag defeated Hank Metheney.
Wee Willie Davis beat Pat Fraley.
Nick Elitch drew with Len Macalose.

M. Maurice “The Angel” Tillet, wrestling’s latest and most hideous oddity, defeated Cowboy Luttrall in straight falls in the main event of Harry Coffman’s wrestling show at the Sunken Garden Wednesday night.

The Angel, 36 years old and only 5 feet 8 ½ inches tall, weighs 276 pounds and is declared by anthropologists to be the world’s strongest man.  With the body of a great ape and a head of a gargoyle he uses only power holds to squeeze his victims out of the picture.

Slaps Him Around

Luttrall tried out his hoary tape technic and when it failed to click tried an assortment of socks.  Tillet came back with an open-handed slap that dropped the Cowboy out of the ring on his whiskers.  Finally at 14:35, the Angel nailed his opponent with a terrific bear hug and finished him off with a smother.

The final fall was more of the same with Luttrall all through at 6:15 under the pressure of another bear hug.

Ede Virag, the classy Hungarian, was unable to show his usual nifty work in his match with Hank Metheney.  Metheney, unable to match holds, started to mix it up at the gong and had to be socked loose from several verboten holds when he refused to break.

After repeated warnings Hank was disqualified when he continued to rub Ede’s eyes in the ropes.

Davis Beats Fraley

Wee Willie Davis, the alley brawler, defeated popular Pat Fraley in the second preliminary.  Pat took on a lot of weight but turned in a creditable performance.  Pat was eliminated at 23:40 when Willie swished him all over the place in a rolling headlock.

Nick Elitch and Len Macaluso stole the show with their 20-minute draw in the opener.  Fast as a couple of wildcats, these two babies gave it the works while the crowd screamed their approval.

There were 1260 paid customers at the matches, with 117 pass-holders.  The net “gate” was $906.18.