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Steve Yohe
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ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI 1945
Promoters: Tom Packs, Sam Muchnick

St. Louis MO: January 12, 1945 (Friday)
(Kiel Auditorium, Att. 10,941) … (NWA World Title) Bill Longson* beat George Koverly (12:02, dq) … Wladyslaw Talun beat Joe Dusek (3:11) … Ray Eckert beat Miguel Torres (15:12) … Ralph Garibaldi beat Jack Hader (11:57) … Tuffy Truesdale beat George O’Brien (10:48) … Notes: Koverly was fined $50 by Commissioner Arthur Heyne.

St. Louis MO: January 26, 1945 (Friday)
(Kiel Auditorium, Att. 13,879) … (NWA World Title) Bill Longson* beat Wladyslaw Talun (8:18, dq) … Ray Eckert beat Chief Saunooke (14:46) … Warren Bockwinkel beat Cherry Vallina (12:07) … Joe Dusek beat Fred Carone (10:02) … Tuffy Truesdale beat Scotty Williams (12:24) … Notes: Commissioner Heyne handed out the disqualification to Talun when he threw Longson over the top rope.

St. Louis MO: February 9, 1945 (Friday)
(Kiel Auditorium, Att. 9,609) … (NWA World Title) Bill Longson* beat Ray Eckert (28:14) … Bob Wagner beat Miguel Torres (utc) … Ralph Garibaldi beat Cherry Vallina (22:41) … Tuffy Truesdale beat Johnny Randa (13:11) … Chris Zaharias drew Joe Dusek (20:00)

St. Louis MO: February 23, 1945 (Friday)
(Kiel Auditorium, Att. 13,807) … (NWA World Title) Bill Longson* beat Wladyslaw Talun (16:04) … George Koverly beat Ralph Garibaldi (14:49) … Bob Wagner beat Emil Dusek (7:53) … Warren Bockwinkel drew Joe Dusek (20:00) … Tuffy Truesdale beat Tommy Felis (11:08)

St. Louis MO: March 2, 1945 (Friday)
(Scott Field) … Warren Bockwinkel vs Bob Wagner … Notes: Nine boxing matches with the Bockwinkel – Wagner scrap as an added attraction.

WRAY’S COLUMN: APPROACHING 50 HE’S STILL “CHAMPION”
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch – Friday, March 9, 1945)
Christ Theofeles marches on … The man who woved wrestling fans at the Coliseum here more than 20 years ago under the name Jimmy Londos not only is still active, but he likewise is till “champion.” … That is, just as much a champion as a fellow can be who appropriates a title and then defends it against handpicked foes.

Tear sheets from a publication called “Knockout,” originating in Los Angeles, brought Londos’ current activity to our attention … We gather from their contents that this handsome physical specimen, now nearing 50 years of age if our calculations are correct, is defending his title on Wednesday nights as a feature of the Olympic Auditorium mat shows.

Recently he “successfully defended” his title in a match with one Joe Cox … The title defense was a humdinger and Londos won in two straight falls … Conditions were unusual because, although it was a two-out-of-three fall show, there was a two-hour time limit on it.

Londos, the following week, met a converted Negro heavyweight fighter named Seelie Samara and this time the title was wrestled two-out-of-three falls in a one-hour time limit.

That the adjacency of Hollywood exerts some influence on the nature of the rassling acrobatics is indicated by the accompanying picture, which shows Londos in a titanic, collosal, abysmal struggle with Cox.

It was so hectic that, as the illustration shows, the referee grabbed Jimmy Londos by the scalp-lock with both hands and jammed his foot into Cox’s Adam’s apple, in an effort to prevent too much mayhem … At least that’s the inference.
Yes, time and Jimmy march on – but the rasslers don’t change their scenarios very much.

Quite A Guy Is Jimmy Londos

This Londos guy is quite a fellow … And always has been … In the early twenties he came to St. Louis and began climbing, both in fame and fortune … A most personable athlete, he was regarded by the rassling topnotchers as just a pretty good opponent … Strangler Lewis threw him time and again, the records show.

But, with his remarkable histrionic talent, he dramatized his way to the top until one day in June, 1930, he wrestled Dick Shikat in Philadelphia and gained a point decision, from which he established a claim to the title … From that time on Jeemy went places, and riveted his claim to the championship without actually deserving it.

His chief rival at the time was John Pesek who, practically every wrestling-minded man of the day believed, could have tossed Londos twice in half an hour … A match was arranged … But when it came to agreeing on the date, place and referee, no contact came about … No match took place … But Londos “retained his title.”

Jeemy wrestled himself into the near millionaire division … For four or five years, wrestling almost every other night, he accumulated wealth … He made St. Louis his home and his mat promotion headquarters … For, although Tom Packs probably will deny it, it was Londos who in the beginning was head of the local wrestling enterprise with Packs as his partner. No, we can’t show you a contract to prove this … Eventually they parted company and Packs, becoming a power in wrestling circles, carried on to even greater success than Londos attained.

Jimmy, although still claiming a title, after capitalizing on his “championship” for several years, finally was defeated by Dan Danno O’Mahoney, a built-up Irishman with little merit … But Jimmy had plenty of money … He went back to Greece for awhile … He retired … Then he decided to come back to wrestling, via South Africa, then to these shores. And here he is again deep in the forties, putting on shows with championship trimmings.

It’s something that happens only in wrestling.
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St. Louis MO: March 9, 1945 (Friday)
(Kiel Auditorium, Att. 9,301) … George Koverly beat Wladyslaw Talun (5:39) … Bob Wagner beat Joe Dusek (11:52) … Ray Eckert beat Warren Bockwinkel (23:26, dq) … Cherry Vallina beat Larry Wilson … Joe Szabo drew Prince Omar (20:00)

St. Louis MO: March 23, 1945 (Friday)
(Kiel Auditorium, Att. 10,907) … (NWA World Title) Bill Longson* beat Bob Wagner (15:19) … Warren Bockwinkel beat Ray Eckert (15:38) … Ralph Garibaldi beat Jim Lafkas (12:08) … Tuffy Truesdale beat Paul Kisselbach (13:41) … Jerry Meeker beat Jack Hader (19:47)

WRAY’S COLUMN: ST. LOUIS STILL CAPITAL OF RASSLING
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch – Saturday, March 24, 1945)

St. Louis continues to be our nation’s rassling capital … The large but pulchritudinous Bill Longson continues to be the big bait … Last night’s show attracted more than 10,000 fans … That’s about Tom Packs’ average for the entire season … The top crowd was above 13,000.
Longson is the current “champion,” locally at least, of the “all-out” (English expression) type of mat show, which has attained a popularity undreamed of in the days when titlists won their honors the hard way.

On the other hand, the present or exhibition style, which permits pop-eyed acrobatics and all sorts of shenanigans impossible under competitive catch-as-catch-can rules, affords a nice, sure, easy way to fortune for many of our nation’s mat exhibitors.

This country lost all track of wrestlers from a contest viewpoint … Who rightly is a great wrestler today few know … When the men get together in a gym for workouts they occasionally may go after one another to see who has what … But the need for even that sort of testing seems to have gone … The boys seem real clubby about everything.

Bill Longson is a fine, big fellow and he may really be a wrestler … Maybe he’s only so, so … But as long as he or any other “champion” remains a drawing card, it’s quite unlikely he’ll be thrown, unless it is to create the excitement of a winning return bout … For rassling is more or less a planned affair.

St. Louis today is the only large city in which mat exhibitions still go over in a big way repeatedly … At one time Boston was the big-shot city, made so by Gus Sonnenberg and his so-called flying-tackle attack … Philadelphia, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles formerly towered above us … St. Louis alone continues to fall for the scenario stuff in a big way.
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St. Louis MO: April 6, 1945 (Friday)
(Kiel Auditorium) … (NWA World Title) Bill Longson* beat Bob Wagner (cor) … Warren Bockwinkel beat Jerry Meeker (11:59) … Vic Christy beat Cherry Vallina (12:31) … Chris Zaharias drew Fritz Schnabel (20:00) … Ralph Garibaldi beat Jack Hader (11:14)

St. Louis MO: April 20, 1945 (Friday)
(Kiel Auditorium, Att. 8,111) … (NWA World Title) Bill Longson* beat Warren Bockwinkel (22:05) … George Koverly beat Chief Little Wolf (9:58) … Ralph Garibaldi beat Fritz Schnabel (11:47) … Jack Hader drew Jerry Meeker (20:00) … Tuffy Truesdale beat Joe Miller (Joe Millich?) (11:14) … Notes: This was said to be Longson’s 48th victory in a row in St. Louis … Koverly returned to the mat after a serious car accident a month earlier.

St. Louis MO: May 4, 1945 (Friday)
(Kiel Auditorium) … (NWA World Title) Bill Longson* beat George Koverly (23:45) … Bob Wagner beat Ralph Garibaldi (14:23) … Jack Hader beat Fritz Schnabel (sub for Barto Hill) (26:40) … Gino Vagnone drew Jerry Meeker (20:00) … Cherry Vallina beat Jack Singer (11:47)

St. Louis MO: May 18, 1945 (Friday)
(Kiel Auditorium, Att. 8,176) … (NWA World Title) Bill Longson* beat Bob Wagner (26:58) … George Koverly beat Cherry Vallina (10:08) … Gino Vagnone beat Jack Hader (15:09) … Barto Hill beat Emil Dusek (11:38) … Chief Thunderbird beat Joe Dusek … Notes: Longson’s 50th straight victory.

St. Louis MO: June 1, 1945 (Friday)
(Kiel Auditorium) … George Koverly beat Bob Wagner (15:39, dq) … Barto Hill beat Dick Lever (19:32) … Chief Thunderbird beat Wally Greb (16:28) … Gino Vagnone beat Freddy Steele (11:45) … Frank Marocni beat Jack Singer (6:32)

St. Louis MO: June 15, 1945 (Friday)
(Kiel Auditorium, Att. 10,893) … (NWA World Title) Bill Longson* beat Barto Hill (19:09) … Chief Thunderbird beat Ray Eckert (22:58) … Frank Marconi drew George Koverly (20:00) … Gino Vagnone beat Joe Dusek (16:40) … Cherry Vallina beat Silent Gómez … Tommy Felis drew Tuffy Truesdale (20:00) … Notes: All receipts were turned over to the War Finance Committee. Admission was a war bond.

St. Louis MO: June 29, 1945 (Friday)
(Kiel Auditorium) … (NWA World Title) Bill Longson* vs Chief Thunderbird … Babe Zaharias vs Gino Vagnone … Frank Marconi vs Jack Dillon … Joe Benincasa vs Warren Bockwinkel … Cherry Vallina vs Pete Baer

St. Louis MO: July 13, 1945 (Friday)
(Kiel Auditorium, Att. 7,219) … (NWA World Title) Bill Longson* beat Frank Marconi … Bob Wagner vs Gino Vagnone … Warren Bockwinkel beat Jerry Meeker … Cherry Vallina drew Finice Hall (20:00) … Tuffy Truesdale beat José Carillo (12:55)

St. Louis MO: July 27, 1945 (Friday)
(Kiel Auditorium) … (NWA World Title) Bill Longson* beat Gino Vagnone (15:41) … Warren Bockwinkel beat Bob Wagner (dq) … Gene Blackley beat Cherry Vallina (16:42) … Don McIntyre drew Jerry Meeker (20:00) … Finice Hall beat Freddy Steele (14:07) … Notes: Though he hit his opponent over the head with a microphone, Longson avoided a disqualification. Instead, Vagnone was offered a rematch by Commissioner Heyne as compensation.

St. Louis MO: August 10, 1945 (Friday)
(Kiel Auditorium, Att. 9,145) … (NWA World Title) Bill Longson* beat Gino Vagnone (23:32) … Don McIntyre beat Ralph Garibaldi (dq) … Elmer Estep beat Otto Schnabel (14:35) … Ray Eckert drew Rudy Strongberg (20:00) … Gene Blackley beat Finice Hall (16:14)

St. Louis MO: August 24, 1945 (Friday)
(Kiel Auditorium) … Papers missing

St. Louis MO: September 7, 1945 (Friday)
(Kiel Auditorium, Att. 8,318) … (NWA World Title) Bill Longson* beat Don Evans (11:05) … Ralph Garibaldi beat Don McIntyre (13:35) … Ray Eckert drew Warren Bockwinkel (30:00) … Vic Christy beat Dick Lever (7:50) … Olaf Olson beat Gino Vagnone
From the September 19 newspaper: “Sam Muchnick, sports writer and promoter, yesterday was given an honorable discharge at the Scott Field separation center after 40 months in the Army. Muchnick, who became 40 years old on Aug. 22, spent two years overseas and was discharged with the grade of sergeant.”

St. Louis MO: September 21, 1945 (Friday)
(Kiel Auditorium, Att. 7,418) … Lou Thesz beat Ray Eckert (19:12) … Joe Dusek beat Cherry Vallina (14:52) … Paul Boesch beat Finice Hall (15:38) … Vic Christy beat Bill Middlekauff (6:59) … Olaf Olson beat Ralph Garibaldi (18:29) … Notes: Thesz used a Kangaroo kick to down Eckert.

St. Louis MO: October 5, 1945 (Friday)
(Kiel Auditorium, Att. 8,193) … Lou Thesz beat Olaf Olson … Vic Christy beat Warren Bockwinkel … Ray Villmer beat Jack Hader … Paul Boesch beat Dick Lever … Abe Yourist drew Joe Dusek
From the October 18 newspaper: “Sam Muchnick, formerly assistant to Tom Packs, wrestling promoter, who has just been released from the Army after 40 months, has applied to Arthur Heyne, chairman of the Missouri Athletic Commission, for a license to promote wrestling. Heyne has told Muchnick that he would rule on the application within a few days. Before entering the service, Muchnick applied for a license but was refused. He then obtained an injunction against the commission and promoted several programs under it.”

St. Louis MO: October 19, 1945 (Friday)
(Kiel Auditorium) … (NWA World Title) Bill Longson* beat Vic Christy (28:42, utc) … Paul Boesch beat Olaf Olson (13:14) … Ray Villmer beatAbe Yourist (18:31) … Joe Dusek drew Joe Millich (20:00) … Whitey Whittler beat Chico Salzar (15:36) … Notes: Christy was injured after making a dive through the ropes.
From the October 23 newspaper: “Sam Muchnick, former sports writer and at one time associated with Tom Packs, is to promote boxing and wrestling shows here. He was informed yesterday by State Athletic Commissioner Arthur G. Heyne that he will be issued a license as soon as certain stipulations are met. One of these is the payment of state taxes on three shows Muchnick conducted on an injunction March 27, May 15 and 29 in 1942 when Heyne refused to give him a license. In addition he must pay the $25 permit fee for the three shows. Muchnick said these items were not taken care of at the time because of the legal aspects involved. Muchnick, who has been in military service until recently, plans to use Kiel Auditorium. He said he would not be in a position to announce the date for his first show until he completes arrangements for the auditorium. He will not be able to operate on Friday nights under a condition imposed by Heyne, who, according to Muchnick, has reserved Fridays for Packs.”

WRAY’S COLUMN: SAM MAY SUCCEED WHERE OTHERS FAILED
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch – Thursday, October 25, 1945)

Sgt. Sam Muchnick is in again … No, not in the army … He’s in the middle of a battle to get a toehold as a wrestling promoter in St. Louis.
That’s more than a battle … It could be a war … That’s because this is Tom Packs’ territory and trespassers in the past have found the going very rough. Half a dozen attempts have been made in past times to break the hold that Londos and Packs once gained on this mat area and which Packs still retains.

Some of the highly organized efforts by rival promoters from elsewhere to horn in on the local bonanza cost the intruders much money, time and grief … In the end all assaults failed … The Packs bastion was still uncaptured.

Several years ago Muchnick, a former lieutenant of Packs, severed connections with Tom because of “differences of opinion.” … He decided that he would capitalize on what he had learned about wrestling promotion while with Packs and go into the game himself … He found a wealthy backer … He applied for a license to promote … And was refused one by State Athletic Commissioner Arthur G. Heyne … Reason: Packs was an established promoter and the town was not big enough for two!
Partner Pfefer Joins the Enemy. Muchnick went to war … He obtained an injunction against Heyne and started to operate in conjunction with “Trust Buster” Jack Pfefer of New York … They put on a show or two … Then Sam was called to military service … That left Pfefer in charge.

Presently Pfefer turned up in the enemy’s corner. Packs using some of the Pfefer freaks to enliven his mat programs … Muchnick’s promotions, of course, folded up.

The world war continued to absorb Muchnick … He served in Panama, the Caribbean area, and other places … A few days ago he was released from service and at once picked up where he left off in his attempt to become a big time local wrestling promoter.

Sam re-applied for a license to promote … He had unimpeachable financial support … Everything was according to law … So, this time, he received his license … There’s no explanation of what makes Sam OK today, when he was all wet four years ago.

So, Sam is now looking around him to see just where he stands … He will be given dates, he’s told, but not Fridays … That’s a day specially set aside for Packs … He has used that day of the week for years and so the commissioner deems it proper to dedicate it to fish and Tom Packs … Even though Tom doesn’t promote every Friday.

Muchnick, like all his predecessors who have tackled the Packs redoubt here, will find that the enemy is effectively entrenched by years of promotion … Sam can’t come to bat with a “champion,” even in name, to compare with the locally built-up prestige of Bill Longson.

He can get wrestlers, to be sure … There is no longer a nation-wide “trust” … Now there are several booking groups. Besides Tom Packs there now are Paul Bowser in Boston, Tony Stecher in Minneapolis, Jimmy Londos and Ray Fabiani in California; George Zaharias in Denver and others in Houston, Tex., Atlanta, Ga., etc.

Most of these will do business with Muchnick and send him wrestlers and even “world champions” – there are about a dozen such. Muchnick might get the former champ Bronko Nagurski from Minneapolis, Yvon Robert from Montreal, Ruffy Silverstein from Chicago, Ray Steele from Minneapolis, John Pesek from Omaha, and even Ed Lewis’ protégé, Cliff Gustafson, a former Minnesota University husky.

“I’m satisfied with the situation as I start out,” says Soldier Sam … “I believe I’ll do all right, although I can’t hope to jump from nowhere to the top, the first hop … I’ll have good wrestlers, good backing, good help and no double-crossers in camp this time … There’s plenty of room here for two promoters and we can both go along without bothering one another.

“Of course it is not possible to talk about a “world champion” here or anywhere … Right now there is one in every city … But I hope some day to get the different groups together so that a real championship can be worked out by elimination.”

Well, there’s no law against hope … But we’ll say that the law of probabilities runs strongly against it, when you come to talk about arranging just one “world champion.”
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St. Louis MO: November 2, 1945 (Friday)
(Kiel Auditorium, Att. 9,273) … (NWA World Title) Bill Longson* beat Paul Boesch (23:31) … Ray Villmer beat Joe Dusek (21:33) … Leo Numa beat Emil Dusek (18:28) … Warren Bockwinkel beat Tony Martinelli (19:36) … Whitey Whittler beat Cain O’Connor (212, Ireland) (16:32)

St. Louis MO: November 16, 1945 (Friday)
(Kiel Auditorium, Att. 9,710) … (NWA World Title) Bill Longson* beat Vic Christy (22:14) … Ray Villmer drew George Koverly (30:00) … Emil Dusek drew Joe Millich (20:00) … Joe Dusek beat Walter Sirois (16:42) … Leo Numa beat Thor Morgan (18:38) … Notes: This was supposedly Longson's 61st straight victory here.

St. Louis MO: November 30, 1945 (Friday)
(Kiel Auditorium, Att. 9,028) … (NWA World Title) Bill Longson* beat Ray Villmer (31:50) … Leo Numa beat Olaf Olson (17:12) … George Koverly beat Abe Yourist (9:48) … Joe Dusek drew Warren Bockwinkel (20:00) … Tuffy Truesdale beat Tommy Felis (15:19) … Notes: Once again, this was claimed to be Longson's 61st local mat win in a row.
From the December 2 newspaper: “Remember. The Best Christmas Gift is a Victory Bond. And the Best Wrestling Shows Are Promoted By Tom Packs. Promoter of outstanding sports attractions in St. Louis for more than 25 years.”

WRAY’S COLUMN: WAR REOPENS ON THE WRESTLING FRONT
(The St. Louis Post-Dispatch – Wednesday, December 5, 1945)

Every day in many a way the wrestling game in St. Louis gets bigger, if not better … Beginning tonight TWO promoters will divide the local mat bonanza, where formerly Tom Packs did a solo … Conflict inevitably will occur and what will happen then has the interested observers guessing … Invading groups in the past have retired after losing the fight and considerable money.

Resuming the battle where he left off to go to war, Sgt. Sam Muchnick fires the first gun of a new invasion campaign tonight … As big names go, his opening program is loaded for bear, including the time-honored Strangler Lewis, his protégé, Clifton Gustafson, Lee Wykoff and Ed Virag.

It is taken for granted that showmanship will be the keynote for Muchnick’s program, as it has been for those conducting by Tom Packs … There is no complaint to be made against such types of performance, as long as we are not asked to swallow the “championship” bait … As exhibitions, wrestling matches of today are perfectly within their rights … And at one time, this state ordered that all mat matches bear the “exhibition” label.

Shikat Broke Up the “Championship” Hoax

The doublecross of Dan O’Mahoney by Dick Shikat, followed by the disclosures at the trust-busting trial at Columbus, O., years ago, broke down the last pretense at upholding the world title claims of any individual … Today throughout the country, beaten wrestlers, some of them nearing 50, are still claiming the “world championsghip.”

In various sections we find “Crusher” Casey still holding forth in the East, Yvon Robert in Canada, Jimmy Londos on the Pacific Coast, Clifton Gustafson in the north, Ed Virag in the Missouri valley and Everette Marshall in the Rocky Mountain area … Here, of course, we have that affable acrobat, the pleasing Bill Longson, set up as champion by the Missouri State Athletic Commission – or at least by the group about to quit office … No wrestler today has any right to call himself even a national titlist, much less a world champion.

Muchnick, just at present, is not making any championship pretenses … His big objective is to gid himself in and hold on until he wins public confidence … It’s hardly likely that his performers will drop all of the showmanship that has become so popular with St. Louis wrestling fans … But, given time, he may eventually lead wrestling back into truly competitive ways.

To come back, permanently, real wrestling will need a lot of remodeling … In other days there was plenty of “con” about that type of contest … There was plenty of crookedness and lots of cheating … Betting was rampant on matches.

This writer has on occasion held thousands of dollars in stakes on wrestling matches … At one of these there were only 112 spectators present … And the loser had to borrow money from a reporter – and a reporter with that much cash constituted a miracle in those days – to pay his fare back to Toledo.

Although most old time matches were on the up-and-up, many were not … A local politician sunk $5000 betting on a match at the Coliseum and complained that he was jobbed … A champion of the world, who was double-crossed by his opponent in a Boston “title” event, had the temerity to rush to the ropes after being thrown and declare to the crowd that he was not beaten properly – that it had been agreed the other fellow had to lose! … He had to have police protection to get to the dressing room.

Besides the undercover aspect of old-time wrestling, there was another angle … That was the interminable length to which contests sometimes were dragged out … Several five-hour matches are of record … One of them took place at the Coliseum here … Ed Lewis and Joe Stecher wrestled a five-hour draw (!) in Nebraska … Two amateurs, Freddie Doerr and Mike Christ, wrestled for five hours at the South Broadway Athletic Club.

So much time was consumed in defensive tactics and loafing that spectators in disgust often left the ringside and went home. And so real wrestling came into disrepute and showmanship took its place.

What, if anything, Promoter Muchnick can do to change the situation is anybody’s guess … His progress along the hard and tricky way we will observe with interest.
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SAM MUCHNICK TO TRY AGAIN TONIGHT TO BREAK TOM PACKS’ 20-YEAR WRESTLING MONOPOLY
(The St. Louis Post-Dispatch – Wednesday, December 5, 1945)

Sam Muchnick, stocky, lisping 40-year-old onetime sports writer, who learned the business of promoting in the employ of Tom Packs Sports Enterprises and Amusements, will renew an enterprise of his own tonight with a wrestling show at Kiel Auditorium.

The main event involves Ed Virag and Roy Dunn – names of slightly less familiar ring than some of those in the supporting program which includes Ed (Strangler) Lewis, Lee Wykoff and Cliff Gustafson, the last managed by the same Lewis.

Another big wrestling name, Everette Marshall, was to have appeared in the show but today telegraphed Muchnick, “Impossible to wrestle in St. Louis at this time; selling five or six of my farms to Texas buyer today.”

Replacing Marshall with the old Strangler Lewis in the semifinal match, Muchnick said he believed Marshall’s original agreement was in good faith. However, he asked Missouri Athletic Commission Chairman Arthur Heyne to investigate.

Contract To Be Studied

Heyne’s comment on the request was that he didn’t know yet what he would do and that he didn’t have the contract on Marshall. Muchnick explained that in his experience contracts always were presented to the commission on the scene of the programs, which always have been arranged by telegraph or letter agreement. Muchnick has Marshall’s telegraphed agreement, he said.

As it stands now, the show presents a collection of talent indicating that ex-soldier Muchnick, who managed four none-too-successful promotions before the war, is industriously breaking into a field dominated here by Packs for the last 20 years.

It would be no surprise to learn that wrestling booking agents and promoters over the country are closely watching the developments here. Muchnick displayed letters from some.

They’re All For Sam

Al Haft, Columbus promoter: “When I can be of service let me know, as I see no reason why we can’t exchange talent, etc.” (An eye for business no doubt.)

Billy Sandow, one-time manager of Lewis and Marshall, for the present retired: “I hope you will insist that the people get some real wrestling and refuse to book men who tear each other’s hair to amuse a few morons.” (Bill always was a jokester).

John Pesek, the old Nebraska Tiger: “You can tell them I’ll beat Longson (Bill Longson, N. W. A., Missouri Athletic Commission and Packs’ champion) 60 times in an hour, average a fall every 30 seconds. Virag is a real wrestler and if they don’t want to wrestle me, tell them you have another guy can beat him 8 or 10 falls in an hour. Virag and I can clean St. Louis up for you.” (Forthright John, as always).

Max Bauman, Kansas City booking agent, made the arrangements for the Virag-Dunn event with Muchnick. Dealing through booking agents long has been customary procedure in the wrestling business, Muchnick explained.

He Has No Champion

Bright-eyed Sam should know procedure. For nine years he was promotion, contact and road representative of the well-established Packs. His thinning hair still is apt to fall over a broad, rather harassed brow as he grabs the eternally ringing telephone of a promoter’s office.

“Inasmuch,” says Sam, “as the Missouri Athletic Commission chairman Arthur Heyne has warned me that I cannot call anybody champion and I can’t be quoted to that effect, I’m going to keep my mouth shut and leave it to the public to judge my wrestlers. I don’t particularly want to call anybody champion anyway. Longson is recognized by the Missouri Athletic Commission and I can’t even give my opinion for fear of risking Heyne’s displeasure.”

Chairman Heyne still holds the office. Recent state athletic commission appointments by Gov. Donnelly which replaced him and others of the old commission have not been confirmed as yet in the legislature.
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St. Louis MO: December 5, 1945 (Wednesday)
(Kiel Auditorium, Att. 3,771) … Ed Virag beat Roy Dunn (33:44) … Ed “Strangler” Lewis beat Jack Conley (14:18) … Cliff Gustafson beat Jack Beatty (16:20) … Lee Wykoff beat Buck Fanning (18:34) … Johnny Plummer beat Al Martin (14:50) … Promoter: Sam Muchnick

3771 PAY $4288 TO SEE MUCHNICK’S FIRST MAT SHOW
(The St. Louis Post-Dispatch – Wednesday, December 5, 1945)

The only untoward incident marking the opening of the wrestling promoter’s war between Sam Muchnick and Tom Packs seemed to be a matter of $20 between Muchnick and the Missouri State Athletic Commission represented by chairman Arthur Heyne.

Muchnick’s program, his first since he returned from war service, was carried to a routine conclusion last night at the Auditorium but after the show, in committee room A where the money is counted, Muchnick and Heyne engaged in a hot argument over a claimed manager’s fee.

Heyne demanded a $20 manager’s license fee from Max Bauman of Kansas City, described by Muchnick as a booking agent. Muchnick didn’t want to pay it because Bauman, who was there also, said he wasn’t a manager. Heyne said Bauman was a manager and it went on like that until the commission chairman departed without taking the cash finally offered under protest.

All About Argument

The significance of the argument was not made clear, except for Bauman’s explanation in part that his reluctance to be classed as a manager grew from fear of possible suspension by the Missouri Commission and resulting limitations in his operations as a promoter in other states.

Heyne’s comment, when asked if there is anything new in connection with the program, was a curt “you saw it.”

Invading Packs’ wrestling promotion field here, in which Packs has held a 20-year monopoly to all practical purposes, Muchnick said he was well pleased with the attendance at his first production.

Veering from Packs’s custom in recent years of divulging only attendance figures, Muchnick released the complete figures on the cash involved. The crowd of 3771 paid $4288, of which $798.14 was Federal tax, $172.09 state tax, $97.93 city tax and $62.47 sales tax.

Lewis Wins

Except for the main event, which was a fair performance as rassling goes, the card was on the mild side. Ed (Strangler) Lewis, bull-necked old battler of a time past, huffed and puffed to s trangle hold victory over Irish Jack Conley, and Cliff Gustafson, the Strangler’s young hope, gained a so-so triumph over Jack Beatty. Lee Wykoff, the other big name, was heavier and slower than the lean, scissors proponent he used to be.

Virag, who spent two years in the army teaching soldiers hand-to-hand combat, and Roy Dunn appeared to give the best exhibition of grappling with Virag winning the feature in 33 minutes and 44 seconds. A full nelson from a bridge did the trick.

Replacement for Heyne on the Missouri Commission, William H. Herring attended the show. His appointment by Gov. Donnelly has yet to be confirmed by the state Senate.
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St. Louis MO: December 21, 1945 (Friday)
(Kiel Auditorium, Att. 7,635) … (NWA World Title) Bill Longson* beat Leo Numa (23:12) … Ray Villmer beat Ray Eckert (24:18) … Ernie Dusek beat Don McIntyre (27:38) … Joe Dusek drew Joe Millich (20:00) … Warren Bockwinkel beat Whitey Whittler (8:45)

Yohe: I'm not sure who did this research. It's been on my computer for some time & I don't think I posted it yet. St Louis is one of the most researched cities, but I don't have much of it on computer. Other than Larry's research, and I can't post that. This has a lot more info, than the old results. It looks like Kasper's work to me. If I figure it out, I'll put a name on it.

This will be the spot for St Louis research from now on....unless I'm over ruled by the mighty Mask. I'll change the heading each time something is added.

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Steve, weren't there results from the St. Louis record book that you printed some years ago. The book was from the years that Packs was battling Muchnick?

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It was all covered in the St Louis results. I also did a Yohe Press on the Sam vs Lou war in St Louis, which covered cards lacking info. There are Luce results & Larry Matysik results.--Yohe
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This is what I researched Years ago from St Louis. I think it's posted somewhere on the Thesz Forum:

1-26-22—ST. LOUIS ODEON (ATT: 2,000)
(WORLD TITLE)
1) STANISLAUS ZBYSZKO OVER PAUL MARTINSON 1/1
2) JIM LONDOS OVER JOE GESHTOWT 2/3 (2 ST)
3) JOE SANDERSON OVER JOHN KILONIS VIA FTP (40 MIN)
4) STEVE PAPPAS OVER MIKE VIKO
(THE CROWD OF 2,000 WAS SAID TO BE ONE OF THE LARGEST IN ST LOUIS HISTORY.)

2-17-22-ST. LOUIS ODEON
1) STANISLAUS ZBYSZKO PINED FRANCOLS LE MARTURE IN 14:52 BUT FTP JIM LONDOS IN 1:00:08 (HANDICAP MATCH WON BY LONDOS IN WHICH STAN HAD TO PIN BOTH IN 1 HOUR & 15 MINUTES)
2) IVAN LINOW OVER JACK BURNS
3) GUS EISEL DREW JOE SANDERSON—4 RDS
(LE MARTURE SUBED FOR JOE GESHTOWT)

2-25-22-ST. LOUIS (PROMOTER JOHN CONTOS)
1) JOE STECHER OVER JOE STANGL
2) JIM LONDOS OVER PAUL MARTINSON
3) IVAN LINOW OVER OSCAR OLSON
4) GUS EISEL DREW PETER JAMES

2-26-22—ST. LOUIS
1) GUS EISEL OVER HOMER DILS—REF—JIM LONDOS
2) BERT BANGER DREW CHESTER MC CORMACK
3) CARL ARMBRUSTER OVER GUFF EATON 2/3 (2 ST)

3-5-22—ST. LOUIS
1) GUS EISEL OVER PETER JAMES
2) JOE KLINGER OVER RED BALGERENN
3) CHESTER MC CORMACK DREW COLLIE PIERCE

3-12-22-ST. LOUIS
1) JOE SANDERSON OVER PETER JAMES 2/3 VIA COR
2) JOE KILINGEN DREW WILLIAM DEMETROFF
3) ELMER DUNCAN DREW AL ENSALACO
4) DEL PIERCE OVER WILLIAM HELLFINGER

3-13-22-ST. LOUIS
(WORLD TITLE)
1) ED LEWIS OVER JURKA TASTE 2/3 (2 ST)
1) JIM LONDOS OVER JATINDRA GOBAR
2) AL WASEM OVER DEF PIERCE
(THIS WAS LEWIS’ FIRST MATCH IN ST. LOUIS. LONDOS HAD BEEN IN TOWN 4 TIMES BEATING AD SANTEL, JOE GESHTOWT, PAUL MARTINSON & WASN’T THROWN BY STANISLAUS ZBYSZKO THE WORLD CHAMPION AT THE TIME. AL WASEM WAS LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION FROM 1914 TO 1916 & WAS TRYING A COMEBACK.)

3-29-22—ST LOUIS COLISEUM (ATT: 5,000)
1) ED “STRANGLER” LEWIS OVER JIM LONDOS 2/3 FALLS
2) WLADEX ZBYSZKO DREW IVAN LINOW (30 MINS)
3) BORIS DEMITROFF OVER OMAR BAKER
4) AL WASEM OVER CHESTER MC CORMACK
(LEWIS TOOK 1ST FALL IN 1:17:10---LONDOS CAME BACK TO WIN 2ND FALL IN 14:45—LEWIS WON 3RD FALL IN 22:40. LONDOS WAS OUTWEIGHTED BY 40 POUNDS.)

11-16-22—ST LOUIS
(WORLD TITLE)
1) ED “STRANGLER” LEWIS OVER BOB MANAGOFF (MONOGOFF)
2/3 FALLS (2 ST)
2) STANISLAUS ZBYSZKO OVER TONY SCALZA
3) HERMAN HEITZENROEDER OVER TONY HATCHES
4) GEORGE TRAGOS OVER YOUSIFF OSSMAN VIA DECISION
(JMK RESULTS—SCALZA MAY HAVE BEEN GEORGE CALZA.)

1-16-23—ST LOUIS
(WORLD TITLE)
1) ED “STRANGLER” LEWIS OVER GOVANI TIVERIO 2/3 FALLS
(2-0)
2) JIMMY LONDOS OVER JACK MCCARTHY 2/3 FALLS (2-0)
(REPORT FROM KANSAS CITY STAR)

2-20-23—ST LOUIS
1) ED “STRANGLER” LEWIS OVER JIM LONDOS 2/3 FALLS
2) JOHN FREBERG OVER CARL SCHULTZ
3) AL WASEM OVER YUSSIF HUSSANE

NO WRESTLING FOUND IN APRIL, MAY, JUNE OR JULY 1923

10-18-23-ST. LOUIS
1) JOE STECHER OVER JOHN FRIBERG 2/3 (2 ST-UTC)
2) DAN KOLOFF OVER JACK STERLING
3) PAT MC GILL OVER JOE GALZA

11-5-23—ST. LOUIS-(PROMOTER-TOM PACKS)
1) JOE STECHER OVER IVAN MIKILOF 2/3 (2 ST)
2) JOHN EVKO OVER BORIS DIMITROFF
3) BILL DEMETRAL OVER NICK GOTCH
4) JIMMY LOGIS OVER JOE STOGIS
(NO PROMOTER WAS NAMED FOR THE 10-18-23 CARD BUT IT WOULD SEEM TO HAVE BEEN TOM PACKS’ FIRST IN ST. LOUIS. BUT THAT’S WITHOUT ABSOLUTE PROOF. HE IS NAMED AS PROMOTER FOR THE 11-5-23 CARD. CALLED TOM PACKS OF CHICAGO.)

11-22-23—ST. LOUIS (PACKS)(“SMALL CROWD”)
1) JOE STECHER OVER DAN KOLLOFF 1/1
2) JOHN EVKO OVER CHARLEY CUTLER
3) RENATO GARDINI OVER GUS ANDERSON
4) JOE SANDERSON OVER JOHN ORPHAN
5) JIM LOGIS DREW GEORGE TRAGOS
(NO SHOWS-JIM LONDOS & WLADEK ZBYSZKO)

12-13-23—ST. LOUIS (TOM PACKS)
(WORLD TITLE)
1) ED “STRANGLER” LEWIS OVER JOSEF GURKEWEICZ 2/3 (2 ST)
2) STANISIAUS ZBYSZKO OVER JUSIFF HUSSANE
3) JIM LONDOS OVER HANS SCHMITT
4) RENATO RARDINI OVER JACK BRUNO
5) JIMMY LOGAS OVER JOE SANDERSON
(JOE STECHER WAS AT ARENA TO ISSUE CHALLENGE TO LEWIS BUT WAS DENIED ENTRANCE TO RING BY MANAGER BILLY SANDOW. LEWIS SAID HE WOULD REFUSE TO WRESTLE IF STECHER WAS ALLOWED TO SPEAK BEFORE MATCH, SO STECHER & MANAGER ANTON STECHER ISSUED THE CHALLENCE BETWEEN 1ST & 2ND FALLS. HE OFFERED LEWIS $15,000 FOR A MATCH. LEWIS SAID STECHER WOULD HAVE TO DEFEAT ZBYSZKO & PESEK FIRST.)

1-4-24—ST. LOUIS (PACKS)
1) JIM LONDOS OVER GEORGE HILL 2/3 (2 ST)
2) TARO MAYAKE OVER JIM MAZZAN
3) JIM LOGOS OVER FRANK NELSON

1-22-24—ST. LOUIS (PACKS)(ATT: 6,500)
1) JOE STECHER OVER STANISLAUS ZBYSKO 2/3
2) RENATO GARDINI OVER JIM LONDOS
3) JIMMY LOGUS OVER “SPEEDY” SCHAFOR
(ZBYSZKO’S PURSE WAS $10,000—STECHER WAS PROMISED MATCH WITH LEWIS. )

2-5-24—ST. LOUIS (PACKS)(“FAIR CROWD”)
(WORLD TITLE)
1) ED “STRANGLER” LEWIS OVER RENATO GARDINI 2/3 (2 ST)
2) JOSEF GURKEWEICZ OVER WILLIAM BETH
3) JOHNNY KILONIS OVER TOM CANNON

2-14-24-ST. LOUIS (PROMOTER TOMMY SULLIVAN)
(WORLD LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE)
1) JACK FISHER OVER JOHN HODNICK 2/3 (2 ST)
2) BILLY CHOBERT OVER JOHN POLLS
3) JOE SANDERSON OVER FRANK NELSON
4) FRED BIGLER DREW ABE KAPLAN
(MATTY MATSUDA NO SHOWED THE MAIN EVENT VS FISHER)

2-19-24-ST. LOUIS (PACKS)(ATT: 4,000)
1) JIM LONDOS OVER RENATO GARDINI 2/3
2) WLADEK ZBYSZKO OVER SERGE ZAJANOFF
3) TARO MAYAKE OVER FRED BILGEN
4) GEORGE TRAGOS DREW BILLY SCHOBER

3-12-24—ST LOUIS
1) JOE STECHER DREW JIM LONDOS (2 HRS)
2) DICK DAVISCOURT OVER JOE GARKEWIECZ
3) GEORGE TRAGOS OVER SPEEDY SCHAEFER
(JMK RESULT.)

5-7-24---ST. LOUIS (PROMOTER GENE TIEFENTHALER)
1) MARVIN PLESTINA VS MIKE HOWARD
2) HANS STEINKE VS BILLY SAMPSON
3) BILLY SCHOBER VS GUS PAPPAS

5-10-24—EAST ST. LOUIS
1) BILLY SCHOBER OVER SPEEDY SCHAEFER
2) ED HAUSER OVER JACK WILLIAMS VIA FTP

5-27-24—ST. LOUIS (GATE=$9,333)
1) JOE STECHER OVER RENATO GARDINI 2/3
2) JIMMY LONDOS DREW WLADEK ZBYSZKO (60 MIN)
3) HARRY “SPEEDY” SCHAEFER OVER YOUNG FRANK GOTCH

6-11-24—ST. LOUIS
1) WLADEK ZBYSZKO OVER JOE KOMARANKAS 2/3 (2 ST)
2) NICK LUTZE OVER TED PAULSON 2/3 (2 ST)
3) BILL SCHOBER OVER FRANK HODNICK 2/3 (2 ST)

6-12-24-ST. LOUIS
(WORLD TITLE)
1) ED LEWIS OVER JIM LONDOS 2/3
2) RENATO GARDINI OVER FRANK EUSKA
3) JOE SANDERSON OVER YOUNG DEMETRAL

7-23-24-ST. LOUIS (PROMOTER-GUS TIEFENTHALER)
1) MARIN PLESTINA OVER BILL DEMETRAL VIA UTC
2) LLOYD CARTER OVER JOE MC CARTHY 2/3 (2 ST)
3) AL WASEM OVER DR. L. A. MILLIKEN
4) HARRY SCHAEFER OVER JOE THOMAS

7-30-24-ST. LOUIS
1) JIM LONDOS OVER MARIN PLESTINA VIA FTP (HANDICAP)
2) JOHN EVKO OVER JATRINDRA GOBAR
3) RENATO GARDINI OVER JACK ROBERTSON

8-28-24-ST. LOUIS
1) WLADEK ZBYSZKO OVER RENATO GAEDINI VIA UTC
2) JIMMY LONDOS DREW JOHN EVKO (60:00)
3) JACK ROSS OVER BILL MARTIN

10-16-24—ST LOUIS
1) WLADEK ZBYSZKO OVER CHARLES LEPANEN 2/3 FALLS
2) ORESTI VALDAFI OVER JACK NELSON
3) GEORGE TRAGOS OVER JACK KOGUT
(JMK RESULT)

11-6-24—ST LOUIS
1) JOHN EVKO OVER WLADEK ZBYSZKO 2/3 FALLS
2) JIM LONDOS DREW ORESTI VALALFI
3) GEORGE TRAGOS DREW CARL FURNESS
(JMK RESULT)

12-4-24—ST LOUIS
1) ORESTI VADALFI OVER TARO MIYAKE 2/3 FALLS (2 ST)
2) JOHN EVKO OVER BILL BETH
3) GEORGE TRAGOS DREW CARL FURNESS
(JMK RESULT)

1-6-25—ST LOUIS (ATT: 5,000)
1) ORESTI VADALFI OVER GEORGE KOTSONAROS 2/3 FALLS
(2 ST—UTC)
2) JIM LONDOS DREW DICK DAVISCOURT (1:09:29)
3) GEORGE TRAGOS OVER SPEEDY SCHAEFER
(JMK RESULT)

2-5-25—ST LOUIS (ATT: 8,000--$12,500)
1) JOE STECHER OVER DICK DAVISCOURT 2/3 FALLS VIA DQ
2) ORESTI VADALFI OVER WILLIAM NOVAK
3) GEORGE TRAGOS OVER JOE SANDERSON
(JMK RESULT)

3-5-25—ST LOUIS (ATT: 4,118--$7,099)
1) ORESTI VADALFI OVER DAN KOLOFF 2/3 FALLS (2 ST)
2) JOS STECHER DREW FRANK JUDSON (53:44)
3) GEORGE TRAGOS OVER LEE WYCKOFF
(JMK RESULT)

4-7-25—ST LOUIS (ATT: 8,734--$14,645)
1) JOE STECHER OVER ORETI VADALFI 2/3 FALLS
2) JIM LONDOS OVER MILO STEINBORN
3) GEORGE TRAGOS OVER REX SMITH VIA UTC
(JMK RESULT)

5-6-25-ST. LOUIS
(WORLD TITLE)
1) STANISIAUS ZBYSZKO OVER DICK DAVISCOURT 2/3 (2-0)
2) JIM LONDOS OVER DAN KOLOFF
3) ORESTO VADAIFI OVER MILO STEINBORN

5-11-25—ST. LOUIS
1) MARINA PLESTINA VS PAUL MARTENSON
(PRE MATCH ADD SAID THAT MARTENSEN HAD DEFEATED THE HINDU GAMA.)

5-21-25—ST. LOUIS (PROMOTER-GUS TIEFENTHAIER) ($1145)
1) JOHN PESEK OVER JOHN EVKO 2/3 (2 ST)
2) RICHARD SCHIKAT OVER TOM DRAAK 2/3 (2 ST)
3) PAT MC GILL DREW MIKE ROMANO

5-25-25-ST. LOUIS
1) TONY DEEVICHE OVER FRANK NELSON 2/3 (2 ST)
GEORGE TRAGOS NO SHOWED MATCH WITH DEEVICHE BECAUSE HE WAS INJURYED TRAINING WITH JOE STECHER.

5-30-25—ST. LOUIS
(WORLD TITLE)
1) STANISIAUS ZBYSZKO LOST TO JOE STECHER 2/3 (2 ST)
2) JIMMY LONDOS OVER ORESTE VADALFI
3) FRANK JUDSON OVER DAN KOLOFF
4) DICK DAVISCOURT OVER CHARLIE RENTROP
5) HANS STEINKE OVER PAUL MARTENSEN

7-3-25—ST LOUIS UNIVERSITY ATHLETIC FIELD
1) JIM LONDOS OVER FRANK JUDSON 2/3 FALLS VIA UTC
2) RENATO GARDINI OVER ORESTE VADALFI VIA DQ
3) HANS STEINKE OVER JIMMY GOTCH
(JMK RESULT)

2-10-26—ST LOUIS COLISEUM (ATT: >12,000)
(WORLD TITLE)
1) JOE STECHER OVER JIM LONDOS 2/3 FALLS
2) DICK DAVISCOURT DREW RENATO GARDINI (43 MINS)
3) STANISLAUS ZBYSZKO OVER JACK BRISSLER
4) RAY STEELE OVER JACK ROBERTS
(GEORGE TRAGOS REFEREED UNDERCARD. STECHER WON 1ST FALL IN 35 MINS LONDOS WON 2ND FALL IN 1:56:00 STECHER WON 3RD FALL IN 9 MINS.)

3-17-26—ST. LOUIS
(WORLD TITLE)
1) JOE STECHER OVER IVAN LINDOW VIA UTC


*) 3-26-26—ST. LOUIS PROMOTER TOM PACK LEAVES FOR OMAHA FOR A WRESTLING CONFERENCE ATTENDED BY WORLD CHAMPION JOE STECKER & BROTHER TONY WHO ARE MEETING WITH PROMOTERS JACK CURLEY OF NYC, JOE COFFEY OF CHICAGO, LOU DARO OF LA, TOM LAW OF WICHITA, GENE MELADY OF OMAHA AND FABIANA OF PHILADELPHIA. PACK IS BIDDING ON A STECHER/JOHN PESEK MATCH IN ST. LOUIS. SEEMS EVERY MAJOR PROMOTER, EXCEPT PAUL BOWSER OF BOSTON RECOGNIZED STECHED AS WORLD CHAMPION OVER ED LEWIS.

*) 4-1-26—JOHN L. SULLIVAN’S $10,000 CHAMPIONSHIP BELT, MISSING IT’S DIAMONDS WAS MELTED DOWN FOR IT’S GOLD. THE OWNER A BALTIMORE JUNK DEALER RECEIVED $800.

4-14-26--EAST ST LOUIS AINAD TEMPLE (ATT: 2,000)
1) DICK DAVISCOURT OVER ORESTE VADALFI 2/3 FALLS
2) RAY STEELE OVER GEORGE HILL
3) GEORGE TRAGOS OVER HENRY KARHUNSAARI
(JMK RESULT)

*) 4-26-26---BOTH STECHER AND PESEK TRAINED FOR MATCH AT THE ST. LOUIS RED BALL GYM. PESEK WORKED MOSTLY WITH JOE ZIGMUND, THE MAYOR OF BERNARD, NEB AND BOTH WORKED WITH GEORGE TRAGOS. LONDOS, STEELE, DAVISCOURT, AND JIM BROWNING WERE ADDED TO THE SUPER CARD.


*) 4-29-26—ST. LOUIS COLISEUM (PROMOTER TOM PACKS)(ATT: 7,500)
(WORLD TITLE)
1) JOE STECHER OVER JOHN PESEK 2/3 FALLS VIA COR
(PESEK TOOK 1ST FALL IN 3 HOURS & 15 SECONDS WITH HEAD SCISSORS & DOUBLE WRIST LOCK. STECHER CAME BACK TO WIN 2ND FALL IN 33 MINUTES & 56 SECONDS WITH A DOUBLE WING LOCK. THE THIRD FALL WENT 40 MINUTES AND 35 SECONDS UNTIL PESEK FELL FROM THE RING AND WAS COUNTED OUT AS HIS HEAD HIT THE FLOOR.)
2) JIM LONDOS OVER ANDREAS KASTANOS
3) JOE ZIGMUND OVER JIM BROWNING
4) RAY STEELE OVER DICK DAVISCOURT
(THIS WAS A SELLOUT. LINES FORMED OUTSIDE ARENA AT 6 PM & WERE ADMITTED AT 6:15. MAIN EVENT STARTED AT 10:10 AND LASTED UNTIL AFTER 3 AM. 3,000 FANS WERE FROM OUT OF TOWN. IN ATENDANCE WAS ED “STRANGLER” LEWIS (CALLED THE EX-CHAMPION), JACK CURLEY, JOE COFFEE, AL HAFT, EDDIE HOLMS (OMAHA), FRANK SCHULER (SF), CY MITCHELL (LITTLE ROCK), LEE MCPHERSON, AND FABIANA OF PHILADELPHIA. THE MAYOR OF ST. LOUIS, MAJOR JUDGES, AND POLICE CHIEF WERE PRESENT.)


1-25-27—ST. LOUIS (ATT->9,000)
1) JOHN PESEK OVER JIM LONDOS 2/3
1st fall-Pesek—1 hr & 27 mins
2nd fall—Londos—1 hr & 47 mins
2rd fall—Pesek—49 mins & 10 sec.
2) PAUL JONES OVER RUDY DUSEK (1:10:30)

4-7-27—ST LOUIS NEW COLISEUM (>9,000—PAID 8,672)
1) ED “STRANGLER” LEWIS OVER JOHN PESEK 2/3 FALLS
1st fall—Lewis 1:03:19
2 nd fall—Pesek 29:05
3rd fall—Lewis 7:51
2) PAUL JONES OVER JOE ZIGMUND
3) SANDY MCDOUGAL OVER JOE CATILINO

4-26-27—ST LOUIS
1) JIM LONDOS VS PAUL JONES 2/3 FALLS
2) RENATO GARDINI VS JOHN PATRICK ROONEY
3) ALLEN EUSTACE VS JACK MCCARTHY
(THIS CARD WAS CANCELLED AFTER LONDOS RE-INJURIED HIS ANKLE IN TRAINING ON APRIL 25 IN ST LOUIS.)

6-9-27—ST LOUIS UNIVERSITY FIELD (PACK)
1) JIM LONDOS OVER JOHN PESEK 2/3 FALLS
2) GEORGE CALZA OVER DICK DAVISCOURT
3) JOHN MAXOS OVER GENE LA DEUX
(LONDOS WON 1ST FALL IN 39:58 PESEK WON 2ND FALL IN 45:54. LONDOS WON 3RD FALL IN 5:57.)

1-4-29—GUS SONNENBERG DEFEATS ED LEWIS IN FRONT OF 20,000 FOR WORLD TITLE.

1-4-29---BILLY SANDOW TELEGRAM TOM PACK AND COMPLAINS THAT TOOTS MONDT ISN’T BEING BOOKED INTO MAJOR MATCHES WITH LONDOS OR SHIKAT. PACK SIGNS MONDT FOR A MATCH WITH JOHN PESEK ON JAN. 11. IT’S CLAIMED IN STORY THAT BOTH MONDT & PESEK WERE POLICEMEN FOR ED LEWIS BUT PESEK BROKE AWAY 3 YEARS AGO AFTER LEWIS’S LOST TO MUNN. IT’S CLAIMED THAT THE LEWIS GROUP PROMISED PESEK $100,000 IN 1926 TO DOUBLECROSS JOE STECHER FOR TITLE. MONDT & PESEK NEVER LIKED EACH WHEN TOGETHER WITH THE LEWIS GROUP & THE TWO HAD A GYM MATCH IN KANSAS CITY WON BY PESEK. THIS GYM MATCH TOOK PLACE AS THE TWO WERE TRAINING LEWIS FOR MATCH WITH MUNN. SANDOW’S BROTHER, MAX, LECTURED PESEK BECAUSE OF THE MATCH & PESEK QUIT THE GROUP.

1-7-29---MSG PRESIDENT TEX RICKARD DIED DUE TO APPENDICITIS AT MIAM BEACH.

1-11-29—ST. LOUIS COLISEUM (ATT: 4,000)
1) DICK SHIKAT OVER JIM BROWNING 1/1 FALL
2) JOHN PESEK DREW JOE “TOOTS” MONDT (60 MINS)
3) NICK LUTZE OVER PAT MCKAY
4) STANLEY STASIAK DREW TOM LURICH

1-15-29—WYATT EARP DIES IN LOS ANGELES

1-28-29—PHOENIX—HASSEN NUHAMMED, 38 YEAR OLD WRESTLER, WAS KILLED IN AUTO ACCIDENT. ONCE BROKE RENATO GARDINI’S ARM DURING A MATCH.

1-29-29—ST. LOUIS COLISEUM (ATT: 4,000)
1) JOE “TOOTS” MONDT OVER DICK DAVISCOURT
2) GUS SONNENBERG OVER FRANK JORGENSON (4 MIN EXHIBITION)
3) NICK LUTZE OVER PAT MCGILL
4) ROY (RAY) STEELE OVER TOM DRAAK

1-29-29---CHICAGO
1) ED “STRANGLER” LEWIS OVER MARIN PLESTINA 2/3 FALLS (2-0)

2-7-29---ST. LOUIS LEWIS/LUTZE CARD POSTPONED WHEN LUTZE IS INJURED IN A NEW ORLEANS MATCH WITH JOHN FRIBERG.

2-13-29—ST. LOUIS COLISEUM
1) ED “STRANGLER” LEWIS OVER NICK LUTZE 1/1 FALLS VIA UTC
2) JIM MC MILLAN OVER JACK WASHBURN
3) GEORGE MCDOWELL OVER AD HERMAN
4) PAT MCKAY OVER HANS BAUER
(THIS WAS LEWIS’S FIRST MARCH IN ST. LOUIS SENCE BEATING STECHER FOR TITLE. BILLY SANDOW GOT INTO A FIGHT WITH A FAN DURING THE MATCH.)

2-18-29—RETURNING FROM A TRIUMPHAL TOUR OF EUROPE, JIM LONDOS WAS GIVEN A BANQUET IN HIS HONOR AT HOTEL JEFFERSON IN ST. LOUIS. 175 PEOPLE ATTENDED INCLUDING LOCAL JUDGES & GREEK CONSUL. LONDOS WAS GIVEN A WATCH.

2-21-29—ST. LOUIS COLISEUM (ATT: 5,000)
1) JIM LONDOS OVER JOE “TOOTS” MONDT 1/1 FALL
2) JIM MCMILLAN OVER JACK MCCARTHY
3) KOLA KWARIANI OVER PAT MCKAY
4) GEORGE MCDOWELL OVER HARRY SHAFFER
(LONDOS IS BEING CALLED “THE REAL KING PIN” OF THE HEAVYWEIGHTS & THAT ED LEWIS REFUSED TO WRESTLE HIM.)

2-25-29—CHICAGO
(WORLD TITLE)
1) GUS SONNENBERG OVER STANLEY STASIAK 2/3 FALLS (2-0)

3-5-29—ST. LOUIS COLISEUM
1) JIM LONDOS OVER JIM CLINSTOCK 1/1 FALL
2) DICK SHIKAT DREW JOE “TOOTS” MONDT (60:00)
3) NICK LUTZE OVER GILBERTO MARTINEZ LARREA
4) GEORGE MCDOWELL OVER TOMMY MARVIN
(LONDOS BROKE THREE RIBS DURING THIS MATCH. MONDT BECOMES SHIKAT’S MANAGER AT SOME POINT SOON AFTER & LEAVES LEWIS GROUP FOR PROMOTING IN PHILADELPHILA. HE MIGHT HAVE ALREADY LEFT BY THIS TIME. LONDOS, MONDT, SHIKAT, MILLAN, & MARVIN ALL WERE MAJOR PARTS OF THE NY GROUP. MARTINEZ LARREA WAS BILLED AS THE CHAMPION OF MEXICO. NEXT CARD WAS ON MARCH 22.)

3-15-29—BOSTON
(AWA WORLD TITLE)
1) GUS SONNENBERG OVER JOE MALCEWICZ 2/3 FALLS (2 ST)

3-19-29—PROVIDENCE, R. I.
1) PAT MCGILL OVER STANISLAUS ZBYSZKO 2/3 FALL (2 ST) VIA
UTC

3-22-29-- ST. LOUIS COLISEUM (ATT: 5,500)
1) ED “STRANGLER” LEWIS OVER NICK LUTZE 1/1 FALL
2) JIM CLINSTOCK OVER MOOSE NORBECK
3) JIM MCMILLAN OVER FIRPO WILCOX
4) GEORGE TRAGOS DREW GEORGE MCDOWELL
(NEWSPAPER CLAIMED 5,000 OF THE 5,500 FANS BOOED LEWIS.)

4-10-29-- ST. LOUIS COLISEUM (ATT: 3,500)
1) JIM CLINSTOCK OVER TOOTS MONDT 1/1 FALL
2) ROY (RAY) STEELE DREW PAUL JONES (HOUR)
3) KOLA “DOROSHENKO” KWARIANI OVER FRANCIS LEMARNIE
4) GEORGE MCDOWELL OVER EDDIE CLINE

4-17-29-- ST. LOUIS COLISEUM (ATT: 3,500)
1) JIM CLINSTOCK OVER PAUL JONES 1/1 FALL
2) ROY (RAY) STEELE OVER HANS BAUER
3) JIM MCMILLAN DREW CHARLES STRACK (45 MINS)
4) GEORGE MCDOWELL OVER AD HERMAN

4-29-29—CHICAGO
1) GUS SONNENBERG OVER JOE MALCEWICZ 2/3 FALL (2 ST)

4-30-29-- ST. LOUIS COLISEUM
1) JIM LONDOS OVER JIM CLINSTOCK 1/1 FALL
2) ROY STEELE OVER GEORGE MACKOVITCH
3) CHARLEY STRACK OVER JOE RAGASKI
4) VITO RINALDI OVER TOMMY MARVIN
(PHOTO OF VITO RINALDI LOOKED LIKE GINO GARIBALDI. NEXT CARD MAY 20 WITH CLINSTOCK VS STRACK.)

5-20-29-- ST. LOUIS COLISEUM ARENA
1) JIM CLINSTOCK OVER CHARLEY STRACK 1/1 FALL
2) RUDY DUSEK OVER VITO RINALDI
3) ROY (RAY) STEELE DREW JACK TAYLOR (45 MINS)
4) LLOYD CARTER OVER JOE MARTIN
(RINALDI (GINO GARIBALDI) SUBED FOR JIM MCMILLAN)

5-21-29—NY STATE BOXING COMMISSION SUSPENDED WC GUS SONNENBERG AT THE REQUEST OF THE PENN. COMMISSION.

6-6-29—ST. LOUIS COLISEUM ARENA
1) JIM CLINSTOCK OVER JACK TAYLOR 1/1 FALL
2) JIM MCMILLAN OVER RUDY DUSEK VIA DQ
3) ROY STEELE OVER PAUL MARTINSON
4) GEORGE MCDOWELL OVER SPEEDY SHAEFER
(PACKS INDOOR SEASON ENDED WITH THIS CARD. )

6-26-29—ST. LOUIS BATTERY “A” ARENA
1) DICK SHIKAT OVER JIM CLINSTOCK 1/1 FALL
2) RUDY DUSEK OVER JACK WASHBURN
3) JOE “TOOTS” MONDT DREW CHARLEY STRACK
4) GEORGE MCDOWELL OVER YOUNG RICHARDSON

7-7-29—THE MISSOURI STATE ATLETIC COMMISSION HELD MEETINGS TO FORMULATE NEW RULES TO GOVERN WRESTLING. REFEREE HARRY S. SHARPE, REFEREE, WAS THE MAIN WRITER.

7-7-29—NY, PENN., AND ILLINOIS COMMISSION STRIPED GUS SONNENBERG OF WORLD TITLE FOR IGNORING LEGITIMATE CHALLENGERS. OTHER STATES WITH COMMISSIONS FOLLOW THEIR LEAD. LONDOS, SHIKAT, AND NY WORLD CHAMPION HANS STEINKE ARE TO BE MATCHED TO DECIDE NEW CHAMPION. THIS DECISION WAS MADE BY PROMOTERS OF 22 CITIES THAT MET THE PRECEEDING WEEK IN CHICAGO.

7-12-29—PHILADELPHIA
1) DICK SHIKAT OVER HANS STEINKE 1/1 FALL (1:04:29)
2) MIKE NAZARIAN OVER OSCAR NYGREN (SUB FRANK JUDSON)
3) WLADEK ZBYSZKO OVER TONY ROCCO
4) KOLA KWARIANI OVER JACK LEDOUX
(SHIKAT WON RIGHT TO MEET JIM LONDOS FOR WORLD TITLE RECOGNIZED BY 26 STATES. STEINKE WAS NY STATE WORLD CHAMPION BEFORE THIS MATCH, SO IT MIGHT BE SAID THAT SHIKAT WON THAT TITLE.)

7-26-29-- ST. LOUIS BATTERY “A” ARENA
1) DICK SHIKAT OVER JOE KOMAR 1/1 FALL
2) KOLA KWARIANI OVER HANS BAUER
3) FRANK BRUNIWICZ DREW JIM MCMILLAN
4) GEORGE LAPULLO OVER TONY DE VEECHI

7-27-29—MISSOURI STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION ANNOUNCED NEW RULES TO GOVERN WRESTLING IN STATE. GO INTO EFFECT ON AUG. 27.

7-27-29—TOM PACKS HAS A CONTRACT SIGNED BY JIM LONDOS TO WRESTLE DICK SHIKAT BUT HAS NO SITE FOR A MAJOR MATCH DURING THE SUMMER. ST. LOUIS HAS WRESTLING SEASONS BECAUSE THE COLISEUM IS USED AS A PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL DURING THE SUMMER, SPORTSMAN’S PARK MANAGEMENT WILL NOT PERMIT STANDS BUILD ON THE FIELD DURING BASEBALL SEASON, AND THE BATTERY DRILL GROUNDS IS TOO SMALL. A HIGHLANDS INDOOR ARENA WAS UNDER CONSTRUTION BUT WASN’T FINISHED UNTIL OCT. PACKS ALLOWS THE MATCH TO GO TO PHILLADELPHIA.

8-15-29—MATTY MATSUDA FORMER LIGHTWEIGHT & WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION DIED FROM HEAD INJURIES SUFFERED THREE WEEKS BEFORE IN A CINCINNATI MATCH WITH BASANTA SINZH.

8-23-29—PHILADELPHIA MUNICIPAL BOWL (ATT: 25,000)
(NY, PENN & ILL. WORLD TITLE)
1) DICK SHIKAT OVER JIM LONDOS 1/1 FALL (1:15:20)(TITLE CHANGE)
2) HANS STEINKLE OVER BABY JOE ROGASKI
3) BULL KOMAR OVER JACK WASHINGTON
(IT RAINED DURING THE MAIN EVENT.)

9-1-29—THERE IS TALK BY PACK OF MATCHING NEW CHAMPION DICK SHIKAT WITH DICK DAVISCOURT ON SEPT. 11. DAVISCOURT HAS BEEN OUT OF ACTION FOR SOME TIME FOLLOWING AN APPENDICITIS OPERATION AND WAS THEN TRAINING ON HIS 138 ACRE ORANGE GROVE NEAR LOS ANGELES (SAN DIEGO). (I BELIEVE IT WAS DAVISCOURT WHO TALKED HIS FRIEND JIM LONDOS INTO BUYING LAND NEAR SAN DIEGO AROUND 1940. IT MAY HAVE EVER BEEN HIS LAND.) PACK CLAIMS HE CAN’T BOOK SHIKAT VS LONDOS OR STEINKE BECAUSE THEY WERE JUST BEATEN AND LEWIS & SONNENBERG REFUSE THE MATCH. DAVISCOURT HAD LOST TO SHIKAT DURING THE WINTER OF 1928 IN ST LOUIS AGAINST DOCTOR ORDERS FOLLOWING HIS OPERATION.

9-1-29—SONNENBERG TO MEET STANLEY STASIAK IN KANSAS CITY ON 9-10-29.

9-7-29—RELATIVES OF JOHN PESEK REPORT THEY HAVE RECEIVED WORD FROM AUSTRALIA THAT THE WRESTLER HAD COLLAPSED FROM A HEART ATTACK. PESEK HAD BEEN CAMPAIGNING IN AUSTRALIA FOR THE LAST THREE MONTHS. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

9-13-29—SHIKAT DEFEATED RUDY DUSEK IN TITLE DEFENSE AT PHILADELPHIA

9-15-29—SHIKAT TO OPEN INDOOR SEASON ON OCT. 1

9-22-29—PACK MATCHES SHIKAT WITH FRANK BRUNOWIECZ WHO HAS BEATTEN JACK TAYLOR, CHARLEY STRACK, RENATOR GARDINI, ALLEN EUSTACE, AND WLADEK ZBYSZKO.

9-29-29—BIG SECTION IN ST LOUIS POST ON DICK SHIKAT CLAIMS THAT HIS STYLE HAS CHANGED SENSE COMING UNDER THE MANAGEMENT OF TOOTS MONDT. SHIKAT IS USIND A STRAIGHT BADY SLAM AS A FINISHER. MONDT BECAME HIS MANAGER AFTER RETIREING A FEW WEEKS BEFORE THE SHIKAT/LONDOS MATCH.

10-1-29—ST. LOUIS NEW COLISEUM (PACK)
(NY/PA WORLD TITLE)
1) DICK SHIKAT OVER FRANK BRUNOWIECZ 1/1 FALL
2) JIM MCMILLAN DREW PAUL JONES (HOUR)
3) TONY DE VEECHI OVER JACK WASHBURN
4) GEORGE MCDOWELL OVER BILLY SCHARBERT
(THIS WAS THE FIRST CARD UNDER THE NEW COMMISSION RULES & MEMBERS WERE RINGSIDE. ROUGHNESS WAS ABSENT. TOM PACK RECOGNIZED SHIKAT AS CHAMPION, I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE COMMISSION.)

10-7-29—JOE STECHER BEAT STANLEY STASIAK AT PITTSBURGH.

10-15-29—ED LEWIS POSTED A $250 FORFIT CHECK WITH THE MISSOURI ATHLETIC COMMISSION AS A CHALLENGE TO MEET DICK SHIKAT. CHECK WAS SENT BY BILLY SANDOW, MARTIN PLESTINA ALSO SENT A $250 CHECK TO CHALLENGE SHIKAT.

10-17-29—ST. LOUIS NEW COLISEUM (ATT: 3,000)
1) JIM MCMILLAN OVER PAUL JONES 1/1 FALL
2) HANS STEINKE OVER ARTHUR BOGANZ 1/1 FALL
3) GLEN WADE OVER JOE SHIMKUS
4) GEORGE MC DOWELL OVER RAY MCCABE

10-22-29—LONDOS BEAT KOLA KWARIANI AT PHILADELPHIA.

10-27-29—REPORTED THAT GEORGE HAGEN BROKE GEORGE CALZA’A RIGHT LEG IN BROOKLYN IN OCT. 1928. PACK SEEMS TO BE BUILDING TOWARD A HAGEN MATCH WITH JIM LONDOS, WHO HE CLAIMS IN WORKING ON THE WEST COAST. AT THIS TIME, PACK HAD TAKEN OVER THE BOXING PROMOTION AT THE NEW COLISEUM AND WAS SPENDING A LOT OF TIME AND TRAVELING BOOKING BOXERS.

11-1-29—LONDOS IS BOOKED TO MEET GEORGE HAGEN IN ST LOUIS ON 11-6-29.

11-6-29—ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTS THAT DICK SHIKAT BEAT GEORGE HAGEN IN ONE MINUTE AND 16 SECONDS AT RIDGEWOOD GROVE NEW YORK. IT WAS SHIKAT’S SECOND VICTORY OVER HAGEN IN A WEEK.

11-6—29—GEORGE CALZA BEAT PAUL JONES IN 2 ST FALLS AT SPRINGFIELD, MASS.

11-8-29—PACK CALLS OFF THAT NIGHTS WRESTLING CARD, WITH LONDOS VS HAGEN, BECAUSE HAGEN HAD BEEN INJURED IN HIS MATCH WITH SHIKAT. LONDOS WILL APPEAR ON 11-19-29.

11-17-29—REPORTS SAYS THAT LONDOS HAS WRESTLED JOE STECHER TWICE IN ST LOUIS AND ONE WAS A DRAW. HE HAS ALSO BEATEN PESEK, STAN ZBYSZKO, DAVISCOURT, JONES, HANSEN AND GARDINI.

11-18-29—STORY REPORTS THAT MATROS KERILENKO DEFEATED ED LEWIS IN CHICAGO ARENA “LAST AUGUST” VIA REFEREE’S DECISION.

11-19-29—ST LOUIS NEW COLISEUM
1) JIM LONDOS OVER ALEXIS LINOW 1/1 FALL
2) MATROS KERILENKO OVER FRANK BRUNOWIECZ VIA DQ
3) GEORGE CALZA DREW JIM MCMILLAN (45 MINS)
4) BILLY SCHARBERT DREW YOUNG RICHARDS
(ALEXIS LINOW WAS A COUSIN OF IVAN LINOW, WHO QUIT WRESTLING A FEW YEARS EARLIER TO MAKE MOVIES.)

1-8-31—ST. LOUIS (ATT-3,500)
1) ROY (RAY) STEELE OVER RUDY DUSEK 1/1
2) KOLA KWARIANI OVER MILO STEINBORN
3) GEORGE TRAGOS OVER JOHN KATAN
4) LLOYD BURDICKS OVER JACK WASHBURN

1-21-31—ST. LOUIS (PACKS)(ATT-8,432--$8,960.80)
1) RAY STEELE OVER HANS STEINKE
2) JIM CLINKSTOCK OVER KOLA KWARIANI VIA UTC
(KOLA WAS THUMBED IN THE EYE. CLINKSTOCK DECLINED THE VICTORY.)
3) GEORGE ZAHARIAS OVER JACK SAMPSON
4) GEORGE TRAGOS OVER PAT MC KAY

2-4-31—ST. LOUIS (PACK) (ATT-8,477-$8,432.15)
1) RAY STEELE OVER TINY ROEBUCK
2) PAT O’ SHOCKER DREW RUDY DUSEK (30 MIN)
3) JIM MC MILLIEN OVER GEORGE ZAHARIAS
4) GEORGE MANISH OVER GEORGE TRAGOS

2-13-31-ST. LOUIS (PROMOTERS-LOUIS “CURLY” FISHMAN & BENNY REUBEN) (ATT: 3,271)
1) JOHN PESEK OVER AL BAFFERT
2) JACK SHERRY OVER GEORGE MACK
3) DR. STANLEY LURIK OVER VIC SOLDATT
4) GEORGE KOGAT DREW CHARLES PETTERSON
(PROMOTERS SAID THEY DIDN’T WANT TO PROMOTE AGAINST PACK. THEY JUST WANTED A MATCH FOR PESEK VS LONDOS OR STEELE. THEY POSTED A $5,000 BOND WITH THE COMMISSION. ON 2-15-31, STEELE WAS SAID TO HAVE POSTED $5,000 AROUND 2-5-31. NO MATCH TOOK PLACE IN ST. LOUIS.)

2-20-31-ST. LOUIS (ATT: 10,567--$19,774)
1) JIM LONDOS OVER RAY STEELE
2) RUDY DUSEK OVER BILLY EVANS
3) PAT O’ SHOCKER OVER NICK VELCOFF
4) HANS STEINKE DREW KOLA KWARIANI
(LONDOS’ CUT WAS $6,700 & STEELE GOT $4,000)

3-2-31-ST. LOUIS (PACK)
1) PAT O’ SHOCKER OVER GEORGE ZAHARIAS
2) JOHN MAXOS OVER CHARLEY FOX
3) KOLA KWARIANI OVER JACK ROLLER
4) JOE COXS DREW FRANK BRUNOWIECZ

3-17-31—ST. LOUIS (ATT: 8,895-$10,885.60)
1) PAT O’ SHOCKER OVER RUDY DUSEK
2) RAY STEELE DREW KARL POJELLO
3) JOHN MAXOS OVER RUDY LA DITZA
4) FRED GROBMEIER VS JOHN KATAN

1-4-33—ST LOUIS (ATT: 7,042--$7,849.35)(PACK)
1) EVERETT MARSHALL OVER HANS KAMPFER
2) JOE STECHER DREW JIM MCMILLEN (30:00)
3) GEORGE ZAHARIAS OVER PAT O’SHOCKER
4) JOHN KATAN OVER CLIFF OLSON (SUB FOR PAUL JONES)

1-18-33—ST LOUIS ARENA (ATT: 16,500—PAID ATT: 15,429--$19,429)
(WORLD TITLE)
1) JIM LONDOS OVER EVERETT MARSHALL 1/1 FALL FINISH (1:12:24)
2) JIM MCMILLEN DREW ERNIE DUSEK (30:00)
3) ERNEST “DUTCH” HEFNER OVER JOHN KATAN
4) JOE SAVOLDI OVER ABE KASHEY


*) 5-10-33—ST LOUIS ARENA (ATT: 2,947--$2,729.80)
1) JOE STECHER OVER GEORGE ZAHARIAS 1/1 FINSH (29:07)
2) JIM MCMILLEN OVER DR RALPH WILSON
3) ABE COLEMAN OVER ERNIE HEFNER VIA COR
4) MILO STEINBORN OVER HENRY GRABER
(STECHER LOOKED AS FIT AS EVER—WINNER GOT LONDOS)

*) 5-24-33—ST LOUIS ARENA (ATT: 4,500)
(NBA WORLD TITLE)
1) JIM LONDOS OVER JOE STECHER 1/1 FALL (42:27)
2) HANS KAMPER OVER WHITEY HEWITT
3) DR KARL SARPOLIS OVER DARNA OSTOPAVICH
4) PAUL JONES OVER FLOYD MARSHALL
(THIS IS THE ONLY LONDOS/STECHER MATCH IN ST LOUIS IN MAY 1933. LONDOS PINED STECHER CLEAN AFTER TWO BODY SLAMS & A AIRPLANE SPIN. ALL ACTION WITH CROWD CHEERING STECHER, WHO LOOKED VERY FIT.)


*) 10-20-36—ST. LOUIS
EVERETT MARSHALL, WORLD CHAMPION OF THE SANDOW/HAFT WRESTLING COMBINATION, POSTS $1,000 BOND & SIGNS TO WRESTLE DORV ROCHE ON OCT. 29 FOR PROMOTER TOM PACKS. IN RETURN, MARSHALL WILL HAVE HIS MISSOURI ATHELTIC COMMISSION SUSPENSION LIFTED. THE STATE STILL RECOGNIZES DEAN DETTON AS WORLD CHAMPION BUT PACKS HAS BEEN HAVING TROUBLE GETTING DATES. MAESHALL & MANAGER HAS BEEN CHALLENGING PACKS WRESTLERS FOR SOME TIME.

*) 10-29-36—ST. LOUIS—(PROMOTER TOM PACKS—ATT: 5,339--$5002.95)
1) EVERETT MARSHALL OVER DORV ROCHE 1/1 FALL (23:05)
2) JIM MC MILLEN OVER VIC MUHL (11:55)
3) GEORGE ZAHARIAS OVER TOMMY O’TOOLE (15:08)
4) WARREN BOCKWINKLE DREW AM RASCHER (20:00)
5) GEORGE SAUER OVER BABE RODRIGUEZ (9:30)
(BEFORE MATCH ED LEWIS CHALLENGED MARSHALL. CLAIMED HE HAD DEFEATED MARSHALL 5 STRAIGHT TIMES. ED FORMER MANAGER BILLY SANDOW WAS WITH MARSHALL. WORLD TITLE WAS NOT MENTIONED BY ANNOUNCER.)

*) 11-4-36—ST. LOUIS (PROMOTER—SCHWABE—ATT: 1,866--$909.45)
1) LEO DANIEL BOONE SAVAGE OVER DICK RAINES VIA COR
2) GEORGE SAUER OVER FRENCHY LEVITTE
3) ROY ECKERT OVER CHERRY VALLINA
4) HERB LOWERY OVER MANUEL MARGULLIS VIS UTC
5) AL HAEMMERIE OVER ERNIE KIEIN

*) 11-4-36—ST. LOUIS
RAY STEELE EXCEPTS THE CHALLENGE OF LEE WYCHOFF TO MEET NOV. 13. BOTH MEN ARE DESCRIBED AS POLICEMEN FOR DEAN DETTON (STEELE) AND MARSHALL (WYCHOFF). WYCHOFF AGREES TO THROW STEELE TWICE IN 90 MINS OR LOSE.

*) 11-13-36—ST. LOUIS (PROMOTER—TOM PACKS—ATT: 3,042--$2,867.85)
1) RAY STEELE OVER LEE WYCHOFF (2:32:30)
2) ROLAND KIRCHMEYER OVER LEN MACALUSO
3) DORV ROCHE DREW MILO STEINBORN
4) TERRY MCGINNIS OVER WALTER SIROIS
5) BABE ZAHARIAS LOST TO NICK ELITCH VIA DQ
(THE STEELE/WYCHOFF MATCH WAS TO BE A HANDICAP CONTEST IN WHICH WYCHOFF HAD TO PIN STEELE TWICE IN 90 MINS TO WIN. STATE COMMISSIONER RULED THAT IF NO FALLS WERE SCORED IN 90 MINS, THE MATCH WOULD BECOME A ONE FALL CONTEST TO A FINISH. THIS MATCH HAS BEEN CONSIDERED A SHOOT BY SOME. I DON’T KNOW. THEY ALSO KEEP SAYING THAT STEELE WAS THE POLICEMAN FOR DEAN DETTON & I CAN’T SEE THAT CONECTION. STEELE WAS TO GET MATCH WITH CHAMPION MARSHALL IF HE WON.)

*) 11-19-36-- ST. LOUIS (COLISEUM) (PROMOTER—BILL SCHWABE)(ATT: 1,437)
1) DORV ROCHE OVER TERRY MC GINNIS
2) SOL SIAGEL OVER RAY ECKERT
3) GEORGE SAUER OVER WALTER MC MILLAN
4) MANUEL MARGULIS OVER STEVE KOVACK
5) TUFFY TRUESDALE OVER ROLLIE PICKETT VIA DQ

*) 11-20-36---CHICAGO (ATT: 9,736)
(WORLD TITLE)
1) EVERETT MARSHALL OVER ALI BABA 1/1 FALL
(MARSHALL WON RECOGNITION AS WORLD CHAMPION FROM THE ILLINOIS STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION. HE HAD ALREADY DEFEATED BABA AT COLUMBUS 6-29-36.)

*) 11-25-36—ST. LOUIS (PROMOTER-TOM PACKS)(ATT: 3,900--$3,909.85)
(WORLD TITLE)
1) EVERETT MARSHALL OVER RAY STEELE 1/1 FALL
2) LEE WYCKOFF OVER DORV ROCHE
3) ROLAND KIRCHMEYER DREW IVAN MANAGOFF
4) MILO STEINBORN OVER TOMMY O’TOOLE
5) WARREN BOCKWINKEL OVER CHARRY VALLINI
(MARSHALL WAS SAID TO BE WORLD CHAMPION OF 4 STATES: OHIO, WEST VIRGINA, KENTUCKY AND COLORADO. I GUESS THEY FORGOT ILLINOIS. THE MO. STATE COMMISSION STILL RECOGNIZED DEAN DETTON, BUT ALLOW PROMOTERS TO USE OTHER CHAMPIONS. NO MENTION OF THE MWA OR NWA WAS MADE. MARSHALL WAS CALLED THE SANDOW/HAFT TITLE HOLDER.)

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St. Louis Wrestling Results - 1923

St. Louis, Missouri: Tuesday, January 16, 1923
(The Coliseum) … World Heavyweight Champion Ed “Strangler” Lewis b. Giovani Tiverio (2-0) … World Light Heavyweight Champion Jim Londos b. Jack McCarthy (2-0) … Dan Koloff b. Carl Schultz (40:30) … (promoter: John Contos) … (referee: George Baptiste) Notes: Giovani Tiverio was billed as being 5’7” and weighing 205. Jim Londos was billed as a claimant to the light heavyweight championship.

St. Louis, Missouri: Friday, January 19, 1923
(Francis Gymnasium of Washington University) … Phil Evans b. Alex Stavenitz (2:00) (mixed match) (Evans was an amateur wrestler for the school, while Stavenitz was a boxer)

*The Friday, January 26, 1923 edition of the East St. Louis Daily Journal stated that Missouri Middleweight Champion Gus Eisel was planning to hold programs at the Rock Springs Turner Hall (Boyle and Chouteau Avenues) in St. Louis. “Eisel is suffering from an infection in his eyes and will be unable to perform, but will act as matchmaker.”

St. Louis, Missouri: Sunday, February 4, 1923
(Rock Springs Turner Hall) … Al Wasem b. Carl Armbruster (2-0) (Wasem “successfully defended his title as 135-pound king of the Mound City”) … Joe Sanderson b. Young Carter (dec., 20:00) (Carter was a substitute for William Martin) … Elton Easterday b. Earl Sanders (26:00) … “Def” Pearce b. Chester McCormick (17:00) … (matchmaker: Gus Eisel) … (referee: George Baptiste) … (sponsored by: Rock Springs Athletic Club)

St. Louis, Missouri: Thursday, February 8, 1923
(The Coliseum) … Jim Londos b. Dan Koloff (2/3) (Koloff won the first fall in 7:48, Londos won the second in 1:23:00, Londos took the third in 29:10) (winner to wrestle Ed Lewis) … Stanislaus Zbyszko b. Wallace Duguid (2-0) … Boris Demitroff and Kozak Sanosian drew (40:00) … (promoter: John Contos) … (referees: George Baptiste, Lloyd Carter)
Notes: Wallace Dugid was billed as being a former “member of the Royal Mounted Police of Canada.” Londos reportedly arrived in St. Louis from Kansas City.

Jefferson City, Missouri: Wednesday, February 14, 1923
( ) … Marin Plestina b. Bill Murdock (2/3) … Chris Jordan b. George Hanson

Edwardsville, Illinois: Monday, February 19, 1923
( ) … Jim Londos b. Boris Demitroff (2-0) (Demitroff was a substitute for Kozak Sonosian) … Joe Milla b. John Porall
Notes: Londos was reported to be the light heavyweight champion.

St. Louis, Missouri: Tuesday, February 20, 1923
(The Coliseum) … World Heavyweight Champion Ed “Strangler” Lewis b. Jim Londos (2/3) (Lewis won the first fall in 1:46:34, Londos took the second in 13:15, Lewis won the final in 19:10) … John Freberg b. Carl Schultz (2-0) (Schultz suffered a dislocated right knee) (Freberg was a substitute for Renato Gardini, who “injured his arm in training.”) … Al Wasem b. Young Yousif Hussane (21:10) … (promoter: John Contos) … (referee: George Baptiste) … (8,000+ fans)

St. Louis, Missouri: Friday, February 23, 1923
(Bond Avenue YMCA) … Prince Hassell b. Frank Glenn (2/3) … a number of boxing matches … (referee: John Eubanks)

Wood River, Illinois: Saturday, February 24, 1923
(Palace Hall) … World Light Heavyweight Champion Jim Londos b. Boris Demitroff (55:00) … Harry “Speedy” Schaeffer b. Dago Joe (23:00) … Joe Stedon b. Fred Seioee (15:00) … (600 fans)
Notes: Boris Demitroff was reportedly “in charge of a gymnasium at Wood River,” and was planning to bring wrestling shows to his facility. It was said that he was the instructor of wrestling at the “Wood River gymnasium.”

*The Wednesday, February 28, 1923 edition of the East St. Louis Daily Journal reported that Ed “Strangler” Lewis wanted, before signing a match with Dan Koloff, his opponent to sign a contract that allowed him “to clamp five successive headlocks from a standing position at the start of the bout.” The handicap stipulation was not agreed to.

St. Louis, Missouri: Wednesday, March 7, 1923
(The Coliseum) … World Heavyweight Champion Ed “Strangler” Lewis b. Dan Koloff (2-0) (Lewis won the first fall in 8:20 and the second in 1:03:45) (it was said that Lewis used a “total of forty-six headlocks to win the two falls”) … Ivan Linow and Jim Londos drew (45:00) (match stopped at 10:00 to allow the main event to start) … Renato Gardini b. Jack Roller (16:30) … (promoter: John Contos) … (referee: George Baptiste)
Notes: Linow wore a “heavy crop of whiskers and a mustache curled up on the ends,” which was “grown to allow him to fill a moving picture contract and which has been growing since last August.” The paper said he “appears much different from the Linow who wrestled around here before.” Gardini was making his local debut.

St. Louis, Missouri: Sunday, March 11, 1923
(Rock Springs Turner Hall) … Wrestling and Boxing Exhibitions … Jim Londos b. Joe Klinger (24:00) … Dan Koloff b. (?) (14:00) … (benefit for Missouri Middleweight Champion Gus Eisel, who was suffering from a “serous” eye disease) … ($379.30 was made for Eisel)

Wood River, Illinois: Monday, March 19, 1923
(Kil-Dare Theatre) … Boris Dimitroff and Kozak Sanosian wrestled to a no contest (Sanosian won the only fall of the match in 13:00, but needed two falls of three to win the match) (Wood River policeman Ed McGire and deputy sheriff Ed Cobine stopped the match at midnight) (1:46:00) (the officers had earlier halted the match due to he roughness, but allowed it continue) (the wrestlers reportedly wanted to continue) … Elmer “Socks” Hoose and Harry “Speedy” Schaeffer drew (1-1) (match halted at 10:00 to allow the main event to start) … Leo Crystal and Charles Meyer wrestled an exhibition (15:00) … (referees: John Contos, Kid Hauser) … (200 fans)
Notes: Elmer “Socks” House was from Alton, Illinois. Wood River City Judge Charles Meyers fined both Dimistroff and Sanosian $3 each for “disturbing the peace” when an argument broke out after the match was called. According to the East St. Louis Daily Journal, “no one could be found who could definitely state anything about the supposed law which made it necessary to stop the match when both hands of the watches met at the top. These arguments and Sanosian’s statement that Dimitroff owed him $10 brought on the renewed hostilities in which the judge took over the referee’s job.”

St. Louis, Missouri: Wednesday, March 21, 1923
(The Coliseum) … Stanislaus Zbyszko b. Cliff Binckley (2-0) (Zbyszko won the first fall in 52:49 and the second in 6:48) … Jim Londos b. Ivan Linow (1:01:23) (Contos “set aside a purse of $700 for this match with the winner getting all of it.”) … Renato Gardini b. Jatrinda Gobar (33:25) … Al Wasem b. George Webster (17:40) … Leo Crystal and Charles Meyer wrestled an exhibition (15:00) … (promoter: John Contos) … (referees: John C. Meyers, Joe Sanderson) … (according to the newspaper, “only a very small crowd attended the show.”)
Notes: Clifford Binckley was billed as an “Ohio State University star” in both wrestling and football, standing 6” and weighing about 225. He was said to be an “All-American halfback and Big Ten Conference wrestling champion.” Binckley reporedly drew with Ed Lewis in Tulsa “two months ago.” Leo Crystal was an 11 year old and Charles Meyer was 9. They both were from Wood River and weighed around 60 pounds. Webster was billed as being from Princeton. The next show was billed as being set by Contos for Wednesday, April 25 with Joe Stecher coming in to wrestle John Freberg.

St. Louis, Missouri: Friday, April 13, 1923
(South Broadway Athletic Club) … World Lightweight Champion Jack Fisher b. Al Wasem (1-0) (Wasem was unable to continue after losing the first fall) (1:41:00) (Wasem was reported to be locked in a toehold for ten minutes) … Lloyd Carter and Joe Klinger drew (52:00) … Joe Sanderson b. William Doller (2-0) … (referee: George Baptiste) … (sponsored by: South Broadway Athletic Club)
Notes: Wasem was billed as the Missouri Lightweight champion. He was being “given a chance to regain the world’s lightweight championship (135 pounds) from Jack Fisher.” Wasem “lost the title to Fisher several years ago,” according to one report in the East St. Louis Daily Journal. Another report stated that Fisher won the title six years earlier. Wasem was said to be a wrestling instructor at Washington University. Fisher was from Oklahoma City. Doller was from Maplewood, Missouri.

*Contos cancelled his planned Stecher-Freberg show at the Coliseum on April 25, and then announced that he was staging a program on May 17. He wanted Stecher to wrestle Dan Koloff in the main event, and then wanted Jim Londos to battle Renato Gardini. That show was also cancelled. Contos didn’t run any other programs through September 9, 1923.

St. Louis, Missouri: Thursday, June 28, 1923
(Polish Hall) … Wladek Zbyszko b. Ivan Orloff (2-0) … Jack Kelly b. Barney Kuczma (17:48) … Edward Richter vs. John Zastrow … (matchmaker: Stanley Zielinski) … (referees: Steve Santorski, Harry Schaeffer) … (timekeeper: Dr. Ed E. Rommer) … (benefit for the Polish World War veterans)

St. Louis, Missouri: Friday, June 29, 1923
(Polish Hall) … Wladek Zbyszko b. Carl Wendell (18:00) … Harry “Speedy” Schaeffer b. Steve Sanders (21:05) … (matchmaker: Stanley Zielinski)

*A search of the East St. Louis Daily Journal found no mention of professional wrestling in the St. Louis area between June 29, 1923 and September 9, 1923.

*In the Sunday, September 30, 1923 edition of the East St. Louis Daily Journal, Harry Cook and James Solari were said to be the matchmakers for the Business Men’s Athletic Association. They staged boxing shows regularly.

*In the Sunday, October 14, 1923 edition of the East St. Louis Daily Journal, Bob English was said to be a 160 pound wrestler from Indianapolis. He was looking for matches, particularly with Harry Schaefer. He “claims to have been in the game ten years and to have lost only about seven of his 200 matches. Jack Reynolds, Lee Umbles, Jack Burns, “Bulldog” Martin and Whitey Dowd are some of the wrestlres he has met.”

*John Contos was the promoter for the October 18, 1923 show, mentioned in a promotional article on October 14, 1923 in the East St. Louis Daily Journal.

St. Louis, Missouri: Thursday, October 18, 1923
(The Coliseum) … Joe Stecher b. John Freberg (1-0) (1:06:00) (Friberg suffered a fractured rib on his left side and was unable to continue) … Pat McGill b. Joe Kalza (12:10) … Dan Koloff b. Jack Sterling (6:32) (Sterling was a substitute for Bill Leon) … (promoter: John Contos) … (referee: John Meyers) … (“small attendance”)
Notes: Season Opener. Leon was said to be from Akron, Ohio. McGill was from Omaha and Kalza was from Boston. In the October 18, 1923 edition of the East St. Louis Daily Journal, it was said that “Little is known of Friberg around here, but John Contos, promoter, states that the Swedish veteran has won from all the big boys except Zbyszko, Lewis and Stecher. Both Friberg and Stecher have won from Jim Londos, Greek star. Friberg performed the feat at Moline, Ill., back in 1919, in one hour and 45 minutes, while Stecher thre the Greek grappler in two hours and 50 minutes.” Freberg was called “Friberg” in newspaper reports.

*A “veteran” Chicago promoter and matchmaker named Jim Mullen was taking over the boxing reigns of the Angelica Physical Culture Club, reported in the October 23, 1923 newspaper. His inaugeral show on October 30 was said to be the “best fistic card staged on the West Side in years.” He drew an estimated 7,000, paying $13,500, to see the “interesting show,” according to Earl Brady of the East St. Louis Daily Journal.

*Boxing was big in St. Louis around this time. Aside from Mullen’s work at the Coliseum, there was Tommy Sullivan matchmaking at the Lafayete Athletic Club and the work of Cook and Solari for the Business Men’s Athletic Association. Additionally, there was amateur boxing being run by the Sixth Infantry of Jefferson Barracks.

St. Louis, Missouri: Monday, November 5, 1923
(Odeon Theater) … Joe Stecher b. Ivan Mikiloff (2-0) … William Demetral b. Nick Gotch (11:13) (Gotch was a substitute for Carl Schultz) … John Evko b. Boris Dimitroff (1:03) … Jim Longos (Logas?) b. John Stoeff (24:00) … (promoter: Tom Packs) … (referee: John Meyers) … (announcer: Frank Witt)
Notes: The debut for Tom Packs as promoter in St. Louis. The East St. Louis Daily Journal stated that Packs was a “veteran Chicago sports promoter.” It was said that the “Russian Bear” Ivan Mikiloff wrestled a four hour draw with Jim Londos and “made Stanislaus Zbyszko travel a fast pace for more than three hours to win a fall match.” The Mikiloff-Londos match was said to have taken place at Youngstown, Ohio. Mikiloff was 6’4” and weighed 225. John Evko was said to be a “protégé of [William] Demetral.”

*The East St. Louis Daily Journal was searched through November 9, 1923.

St. Louis, Missouri: November 22, 1923
( ) … Joe Stecher b. Dan Koloff … John Evko b. Charlie Cutler … Renato Gardini b. Gus Anderson … Joe Sanderson b. John Orphan … Jim Logis and George Tragos drew … (promoter: Tom Packs) … (small crowd in attendace)
Notes: Jim Londos and Wladek Zbyszko failed to show.

St. Louis, Missouri: December 13, 1923
( ) … World Heavyweight Champion Ed “Strangler” Lewis b. Josef Gurkeweicz (2-0) … Stanislaus Zbyszko b. Yousif Hussane … Jim Londos b. Hans Schmitt … Renato Gardini b. Jack Bruno … Jim Logas b. Joe Sanderson … (promoter: Tom Packs)
Notes: Steve Yohe wrote: “Joe Stecher was at arena to issue challenge to Lewis but was denied entrance to ring by manager Billy Sandow. Lewis said he would refuse to wrestle if Stecher was allowed to speak before match, so Stecher and manager Anton Stecher issued the challenge between 1st and 2nd falls. He offered Lewis $15,000 for a match. Lewis said Stecher would have to defeat Zbyszko and Pesek first.”

Research by Tim Hornbaker
September 29, 2007

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