Wednesday, March 6, 2013

MLG Poster 1963

There are not a lot of posters from this era. Appears that they weren't produced in volume, rather there would be a couple around the Gardens, outside Frank's office or in the Hot Stove Lounge so they don't turn up too often. 

This one from 1963  features U.S. champ J.P. Henning taking on former champ Johnny Valentine. Henning was a big star in Toronto at this time and was coming off a NWA title shot at MLG vs Lou Thesz but would lose his belt on this night -after 19 minutes of action

Rest of the card was 
Johnny Valentine defeated John Paul Henning to win the U.S. title 
Little Beaver/Sonny Boy Cassidy defeated Sky Low Low/Billy The Kid
Killer Kowalski defeated Tony Marino
Lorenzo Parente defeated Stan Stasiak
Seaman Art Thomas defeated Fred Atkins
Hans Schmidt drew Jim Hady

There is a photo feature from a June '63 bout between Henning and Lou Thesz on the MLW site
MLW - JP Henning vs Lou Thesz