Monday, April 30, 2018

Don Leo Jonathon vs Whipper 1959: Classic Photo

Happy birthday to Don Leo Jonathon who just had his 87th birthday and would stand with Dick Beyer as one of the last of the wrestlers that worked in Toronto in the 1950's. Don Leo faced many of the greats at MLG challenging for the NWA Title against both Thesz and O'Connor, and formed a powerful tag team with Gene Kiniski.

Above photo is from the outdoors Maple Leaf Stadium in 1959. As the rain fell Whipper attempts to stop Don Leo from introducing him to the ringside table as referee Joe Gollub looks on. Kiniski would butt in to the bout and almost cause a riot at the old stadium by the lake in Toronto.