Friday, February 26, 2016

Wild Bill Longson & Whipper

Bill Longson's son posted some clips and such from St Louis. Longson was a huge draw in St Louis as he was here in helping revitalize wrestling in Toronto in the early 40's. Whipper eventually took over and the rest is history but the two stars, in addition to creating some history together also had many parallels in their careers.

Both held the NWA (Association) Title, Whipper won his from Longson, both were the 'King' of their towns, both also tried their hand in promoting and had ties within their offices, both had their careers ended by accidents outside the ring (Longson horse riding) at around the same age 54-55, both passed away about 20 years after their careers were over.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Bill Longson with Tunney kids 1947

Wild Bill plays with 2 of Frank's kids and Jerry Monaghan Jr. Jerry Sr wrestled and was a part of Tunneys office and matchmaker in Buffalo also. Jerry Sr passed away suddenly just a few months before this photo was taken. Eddie later joined the office in the early 1970's taking care of the books. Frank Jr was a police officer who passed away in 1978.