Thursday, July 29, 2010

Dewey In The News 2004

As with the Zicarelli columns from the MLW era posted elsewhere on this blog, Tim Baines has had a regular wrestling column in the Sun for several years. Usually not much for me so a real treat when on occasion he covers one of the classic stars. RIP Dewey. 
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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Andre - A Giant Loss

Frank Zicarelli's wrestling column from the Saturday Sun in Toronto Jan 30 1993 on the event of Andre the Giant's death at the age of 46.
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Andre was a regular both at MLG and on the Ontario circuit for Dave 'Wildman' McKigney and in Ottawa for the Quebec side promotions. 

It was always a special night when Andre came to town, when he got out of the car on Wood St (the whole side of the car would pop up once unencumbered by the weight) and rise up and walk through the crowd. I saw him once at Toronto International Airport around 1980 and everyone just stopped what they were doing as he walked by.

Andre wrestled at MLG between 1971 and 1986. A series of bouts vs The Sheik in 1974 saw Andre with a rare defeat when The Sheik threw fire at the Giant. He would often take on two men and once faced The Kelly Twins in a handicap bout at the Gardens.

below is my favorite poster in the collection, featuring Andre in Port Elgin Ontario 1977

Saturday, July 3, 2010

London 1953: Classic Clippings

Always on the lookout for old clippings, found this one above and a couple other London area in a batch in a little store in Fenelon Falls, ON. Layton still a bad guy at this point, Watson teaming with Don Leo and no children allowed ! 

The London Majors are still going strong, have seen them in Oshawa in the past (the Oshawa Dodgers unfortunately are not active this year) and the Majors are still at Labatt Park. Tickets still a respectable 6$ to see some good baseball and according to an entry online "Labatt Park is the oldest continually operating baseball grounds in the world, with a history dating back to 1877"