Winona Daily News – April 24, 1963
The world’s heavyweight wrestling champion, Verne Gagne, will hold the Winona sports spotlight Friday when he meets Karol Kalmikoff in the main event at the Catholic Recreation Center.
Supporting the main will be two other matches featuring Ivan Kalmikoff vs. Doug Gilbert in the semifinal and Eddie Sharkey vs. Guy Taylor in the 8:30 p.m. opener.
Winona Daily News – April 23, 1963
Like a thundering herd, the pro wrestlers invade the Catholic Recreation center in Winona Friday with a championship match between Vern Gagne and Karol Kalmikoff to headline the card.
Gagne, the champion, is rated as one of the most skilled and scientific grapplers in the business, while his opponent is considerd to be one of the meanest in the game.
The Minneapolis Star – August 29, 1964
Amateur athletes and teams in the Twin City area will benefit from proceeds of tonight’s professional wrestling card matching Vern Gagne against The Crusher in St. Paul’s Midway Stadium. Continue reading
Posted in 1964
Tagged Ann Reagan, Billy Red Cloud, Dale Lewis, Eddie Sharkey, Guy Mitchell, Jack Lanza, Kay Noble, Mitsu Arakawa, Rocky Hamilton, The Crusher, Tiny Mills, Verne Gagne
The Minneapolis Star – June 22, 1965
GOP, Look Out
Watch out Republicans, the DFL may start applying wrestling holds to you next.
Vern Gagne, professional wrestler will demonstrate some of his “bone crushing” tactics at a DFL “fun festival” Saturday at Excelsior Park. Continue reading
The Milwaukee Journal – January 19, 1957
Ready and waiting for Yukon Eric is Angelo Poffo. Poffo will wrestle Eric in a penalty belt match at the Auditorium Saturday night in the preliminary to the tag match between the Volkoff brothers and Verne Gagne and Argentine Rocca.
The Milwaukee Journal – May 5, 1976
Verne Gagne will wrestle Bobby Heenan Saturday night at the Auditorium in the main event of a five bout professional card. Mad Dog Vachon and Joe Leduc will meet in the semifinal. Continue reading
Posted in 1976
Tagged Baron Von Raschke, Blackjack Lanza, Bobby Duncum, Bobby Heenan, Dick Blood, Frank Hill, Greg Gagne, Jim Brunzell, Joe LeDuc, Mad Dog Vachon, Russ Francis, Verne Gagne
Star Tribune – April 28, 2015
By Mary Lynn Smith
Verne Gagne 1926-2015
Wrestler Verne Gagne died Monday surrounded by family in Minnesota. He was 89.
Legendary wrestler and promoter Verne Gagne died Monday surrounded by his family in Minnesota, according to close friends. He was 89.
News of his death reverberated through the wrestling world in tweets and Facebook posts that paid tribute to the Robbinsdale High School wrestler who went on to make a mark in the worlds of both amateur and professional wrestling. Continue reading
Posted in 2015
Tagged Verne Gagne
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
Posted in 1966
Tagged Angelo Poffo, Bobby Managoff, Bulldog Plechas, Dick the Bruiser, Ernie Ladd, Ivan Volkoff, Johnny Valentine, Mad Dog Vachon, Pat O'Connor, Santiago Acosta, The Assassins, Verne Gagne, Wilbur Snyder
The Afro-American – September 4, 1954
Two aggressive and popular women wrestlers will inject considerable punch into Promoter Vince McMahon’s outdoor wrestling carnival headlining a best-two-of-three-falls feature involving Antonino Rocca and Verne Gagne at Griffith Stadium next Thursday night. Continue reading
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
Posted in 1954
Tagged Al Warshawsky, Art Nielsen, Benito Gardini, Little Beaver, Mitsu Arakawa, Pat O'Connor, Reggie Lisowski, Roy McClarity, Tom Thumb, Tommy Martindale, Verne Gagne, Yukon Eric