Tag Archives: Pat O’Connor

Negro Girls To Rassle Here

Lincoln Evening Journal – January 25, 1955

Babs Wingo

Babs Wingo

Negro girl rasslers make their first appearance in Lincoln Thursday night when Kathleen Wimbley tangles with Babs Wingo at the Fairgrounds in a preliminary to the tag team championship bout. Continue reading

Chargers’ Ladd Debut March 26

Chicago Defender – March 19-25, 1966

Ernie Ladd, giant Negro defensive tackle in pro football, will make his Chicago debut in wrestling March 26 when he meets Bulldog Plechas in the Amphitheatre, 43rd and Halstead Sts. Continue reading

Mat Program At Hartford

Sunday Herald – January 19, 1958

The rasslers will return to Hartford on Tuesday, when Sam Gulino stages another of his shows at Foot Guard Hall featuring “name” grapplers. Continue reading

A Million Groans, A Million Dollars

Associated Press – May 2, 1963
By Charles Chamberlain

CHICAGO — No Matter how you look at professional wrestling – if you look at all – there’s big money in human beings making pretzels out of each other.

“A million groans, a million dollars,” says Fred Kohler. Continue reading

Gagne Beats McClarity In ‘Sleeper’ Bout

Chicago Tribune – August 7, 1954
By Frank Mastro

Verne Gagne beat Roy McClarity in their wrestling match in International Amphitheater last night, but not before the underdog, McClarity, had put Gagne away once with Verne’s patented sleeper hold. A capacity crowd of 9,891 paid a gross gate of $26,310. Continue reading

O’Connor Wins Feature Armory Wrestling Bout

Lakeland Ledger – February 20, 1961

Pat O’Connor retained his grappling title here Saturday night by defeating Jack Wentworth in successive falls at the Armory.

O’Connor won the first fall when Wentworth was disqualified for refusing to break a strangle hold.  O’Connor then swiftly pinned Wentworth with a submission hold in the second fall to win the match. Continue reading

Pro Mat Card At Auditorium

Milwaukee Sentinel – April 14, 1966

Big time wrestling will return to Milwaukee after a three year absence Apr. 23, with five bouts scheduled at the Auditorium starting at 9 p.m.

A double main event will highlight the card. Continue reading

Dick Hutton Captures Lou Thesz’ Mat Crown

Globe & Mail – November 15, 1957
By Steve York

Dick Hutton became a good guy again to 9,099 wrestling fans at Maple Leaf Gardens last night.

All the Oklahoma strong boy did was win over Lou Thesz to become National Wrestling Alliance world’s heavyweight champion.

Hutton forced the veteran to concede when he applied his fearsome abdominal stretch at 35:15 of the one fall, no time limit match. Continue reading

Schmidt Splits On Mat; Bows To O’Connor, Beats Referee

Moline Daily Dispatch – June 27, 1961

Wrestler Hans Schmidt battled a pair of adversaries in Davenport last night – world heavyweight champion Pat O’Connor and referee Bob Sabre. Continue reading

Thesz Tosses O’Connor In Wrigley Field Bout

Milwaukee Journal – June 28, 1952

Chicago, Ill (AP) – Lou Thesz, world heavyweight wrestling champion, pinned Pat O’Connor, 26 year old Wellington, New Zealand, contender, two out of three falls before 12,823 fans at Wrigley Field here Friday night.