Thursday, February 28, 2019

Referees 1957

Ontario MPP Arthur Child took offence to pro wrestling in 1957 and claimed that wrestling referees resemble "some third rate cook in a greasy spoon restaurant" and "are slapped and pushed around like comedians in a two reel slapstick comedy."

That story is at Slam! Wrestling: 1957 The year the Ontario government questioned pro wrestling's validity

At that time the refs wore white shirts and pants so for a response the refs dressed up a bit for a photo.

There are a lot of years represented in this photo.
For more on the refs see Referees in Maple Leaf

Sam Gotter: Amateur wrestling standout from the 1930's and '40's and ref from the early '50's into the early 1960's.

Bert Maxwell: Main ref from the mid to late 1940's into the early 1960's. Former amateur wrestler known as the 'West Hill Terror' and later earned the nickname 'The Little Flower of Uxbridge' for his horticulture hobby. (thanks to Roger Baker)

Joe Gollob: Former boxer became one of the longer serving referee's at MLG working bouts from the early 1950's to the late '60s.

Al 'Bunny' Dunlop: Former star and known strongman would first don the officials attire in the early 1940's while still wrestling. He would remain a fixture as a ref on the scene through the 1950's and '60's and ref right up to 1972.

Cliff Worthy: Another former amateur standout. Refereed wrestling as early as 1934 and continued up until the mid 1960's. He also refereed boxing in the early 1930's in and around Toronto

Monday, February 25, 2019

1947 Bill Longson item: From Mat to Moolah

Toronto Star - Joe Perlove . Longson was in town to face World champ Whipper who had won the title from Wild Bill a couple of weeks prior.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

1957 Stoufville Wrestling News

There was lots of wrestling coverage in the newspapers in the 1950's. And not just the Star, Telegram, and Globe in Toronto (every day mostly) but in the smaller towns where pro wrestling had taken hold. 

This Stoufville paper from July 18 1957 has 4 items. They started regular shows in the town in 1952 and by 1957 -as it was all over the province-, pro wrestling was booming! Stoufville had been a a mainstay for Red Garner's CCWA up until 1955 when they chose to use Tunney's TV Stars. 

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Canadian Ratings WAYLI 1953

Interesting combined Canadian rankings by Barry Lloyd Penhale from a Jan 1954 issue of Wrestling As You Like It mag. Much of it is centered around the Toronto scene and Kasaboski for the Junior heavyweights.