Thursday, November 23, 2017

Billy Stack vs Fred Atkins Oshawa 1950


Action shot from the Oshawa Arena summer 1950. These two had a couple of bouts while Atkins was the newest and toughest heel and Stack was the local hero.

Atkins, fresh from Australia was tearing up the Toronto scene, already putting fear in the hearts of wrestlers across the region. Stack, an affable type who ran a farm here in the Oshawa area was a tall fast scientific type,who could get down and brawl if he had to.

Atkins was a workhorse in Oshawa appearing in over 100 bouts with 45 main events between 1949 and 1968, second only to Pat Flanagan. Stack had close to the same run appearing from at least 1946* to 1963. *lot of microfilm missing from 1940s

Of course both men went on to be long time referees at Maple Leaf Gardens and around the area. Stack first through the 1950's and 60's and Atkins in the 1970's and early 1980's.




















Friday, November 17, 2017

Make Believe Gardens !

The fine folks over at the Mid Atlantic Gateway  have been featuring a great diorama with figures representing the best of Mid Atlantic action circa late 70's early 80's.

Well we now have our own featuring a capture of the action at Maple Leaf Gardens circa 1982 !

Thanks to highly underrated -and slightly unknown- star Barry Hatchet ("Kicking ass is my business...and business is good!") for these pics of a bout featuring Barry and Ninja and Ivan Koloff with Sir Oliver Humperdink in a handicap facing Blackjack Mulligan and 'Bad Bad' Leroy Brown
(Barry Hatchet pinned everyone and won btw)

Wouldn't be complete without everyone else from MLW ....we have
Norm Kimber making introductions
Billy Red Lyons waiting to interview Barry,
Frank Tunney directing traffic at the curtain to the ramp
refs Fred Atkins and Terry Yorkston (he of the pompadour)
and me and my buddies leaning on the ramp while the ushers do their best to keep us away - or ignore us completely (most would be entranced by the bouts, great gig for a wrestling fan ! )

Thanks again to Barry for sharing ! click on photos to see larger