Thursday, March 14, 2013

Book Review - Legends of Pro Wrestling

Legends of Pro Wrestling by Tim Hornbaker 

At first glance this book may appear to be your run of the mill encyclopedia style Wrestling book.

It most definitely is not!

Tim Hornbaker, who penned the very informative and all-encompassing
"National Wrestling Alliance: The Untold Story of the Monopoly that Strangled Pro Wrestling pours a lot of research into a very simple method of presenting a wide variety of wrestlers from the past 150 years.

The format is similar to a stat sheet on each entry, mostly following a Career snapshot type delivery. Among the stats are career spans. It's very hard to pinpoint starts and ends of careers in the Wrestling business unless you have access to a wide variety of research sources,  mainly a results or match listing record. For many of the stars of the pre 1960 days this is a lot easier said than done. That along with the other facts presented makes this a fine read start to finish.

Also listed in many cases is who trained the wrestler, real names, titles held, and time as a world champion. Many entries I was surprised to see how many titles they actually held, as many parts of careers are notably under-researched or just coming to light in recent years.

Each entry gets a short bio which steers clear of the normal well-known facts and offers a broader defined look at each wrestler

Tim relies on his own research as well as the research of many of the historians of the sport to present a very interesting and formative reference tool that will appeal to both the casual and hard core researchers and fans alike.

I highly recommend this book, you can get more info at Tim's fabulous website

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