Tag Archives: Tiny Roebuck

Browning’s Airplane Scissors Downs Lutze

Los Angeles Times – May 18, 1933

Jim Browning, a prominent member in that great fraternity — “The Rasslin’ Champions of the World” — tossed Nick Lutze, the former Venice life guard, two out of three falls last night in the main event at the Olympic Auditorium. On both occasions the recognized kingpin in the environs of New York City and Hoboken resorted to an airplane turnover scissors to perform the feat. Continue reading

Juan Juarez Wins Olympic Mat Tourney

Los Angeles Times – May 20, 1941

Disposing of four opponents in a total of slightly more than 15 minutes, Juan Juarez, Mexican champion, won the one-night elimination wrestling tourney at Olympic Auditorium last night.

Juarez was pretty sensational as he disposed of Tom Zaharias in the opening match in 5m. 48s. with an airplane spin and finished with a flashy 1m. 9s. triumph over another of the Zaharias clan, Chris, in the finals. Continue reading

K.O. Koverly Disqualified

Los Angeles Times – June 13, 1940
By Al Wolf

Last night’s rassle class at the Olympic quite possibly had the rare good fortune ot see a shooting match, although such things have long been considered as extinct as the dodo bird.

A stranger who gave the name “Del Rosa” plunked down five bucks for a license and examination, borrowed a set of trunks from one of the boys and attempted to win a “C” note by staying 20 minutes with Lee Wykoff, who has been making that offer to the house weekly. Continue reading

Londos Scores Over Szabo At Olympic

Los Angeles Times – November 9, 1939

Lee Wykoff joined the also-rans in the international wrestling tourney at the Olympic last night, lumbering Hans Steinke being returned the winner, but it was Jeemy Londos and Sandor Szabo who stole the show with a Graeco-Roman match which had no bearing on the tournament proper. 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

Clara Still Girl Champ

San Francisco Chronicle – June 30, 1937
By Will Connolly

It was a genuine pleasure for the gentlemen at Dreamland last night to sit back comfortably and watch two young ladies pull hair without the gallant urge to separate the dears. Continue reading

Big Tiny Roebuck Outlasts Paul Harper

Atlanta Constitution – April 1, 1931
By Walter Wilkes

Atlanta – When bigger and better wrestlers are made, no doubt Paul Harper will meet them.

The youthful Texan, who has repeatedly proved his courage by taking on any opponent from Londos on down that Weber might select for him, Tuesday night came to grips with Tiny Roebuck, 245-pound Cherokee Indian, and put up a gallant battle for more than half an hour before succumbing to a pair of crotch holds and body slams that seemed literally to shake the auditorium. He gamely came back for the second fall, but was too badly injured to offer any real resistance and a series of front headlocks and another body slam stretched him prone upon the canvas in just 45 seconds.  Continue reading

Jimmy Londos Beats Shikat

Atlanta Constitution – June 7, 1930

One Fall Wins Match

20,000 ‘Gang’ Ring As Scrap Ends

PHILADELPHIA, June 6–(AP) Jim Londos, Greek grappler, defeated Dick Shikat, Philadelphia, in a one fall title match at the Phillies ball park tonight. Shikat, who had been recognized as worlds champion by the Pennsylvania and New York athletic commissions, weighed 217 pounds. Londos scaled 200. Continue reading

Marshall, Detton Failed To Reach Decision

Los Angeles Times – November 7, 1940

Everett Marshall and Dean Detton got exactly nowhere in their match which topped the first round of last night’s elimination wrestling card at the Olympic Auditorium. Continue reading

Londos And Szabo Tangle In Graeco-Roman Tiff

Los Angeles Times – November 8, 1939

Jimmy Londos makes his first appearance in a wrestling ring here since he joined the ranks of the benedicts when he appears tonight at the Olympic in a Graeco-Roman match against Sandor Szabo, the Hungarian heavyweight star.

Jimmy is the world’s catch-as-catch-can champion, but Szabo has repeatedly dared him to meet him at the ancient European style and it took quite a bit of angling to get Londos to agree to the match.

Olympic rules will prevail. The match will be over three periods of 10 minutes each with a minute rest in between. A decision will be rendered by two judges and the referee on the best two-out-of-three throws. No holds are permitted below the waist under Graeco-Roman rules.

Don McDonald will referee the bout and Snowy Baker, noted Australian sportsman, and Frank Borzage, the ace film director, will act as judges.

Szabo was an Olympic Games champion at Graeco-Roman before coming to this country. Londos often has wrestled abroad under Graeco-Roman rules but never here.

The Graeco-Roman bout is an added feature, promoter Jack Daro announces, to the international tournament bouts. Nine matches are on the tourney card with the Hans Steinke-Lee Wykoff showdown being the top spot in interest.

Bill Hansen, Salt Lake star, is in a tight spot this evening. If he loses to Hardboiled Haggerty he will be dropped from the tourney.

Other tournament matches on the card: Lee Wykoff vs. Hans Steinke; Vic Christy vs. Tom Zaharias; Sammy Stein vs. Hank Metheny; Crusher Al Billings vs. Joe Pazandak; Cliff Thiede vs. LaVerne Baxter; Tiny Roebuck vs. Henry Graber, and Jack Kogut vs. Young Stecher.