Friday, September 20, 2019

Memories of Toronto with Roger Baker: Sam Steamboat


Roger Baker sends along a great photo he took of Sam Steamboat being helped out at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1962. We were lucky to see his namesake Ricky Steamboat here during the Mid-Atlantic era and as Roger relates Sam was quite a wrestler too.

'Back in the late 50's early '60's a very popular Hawaiian wrestler made regular appearances at MLG. The fans recognized the exciting wrestling skills that were possessed by this newcomer to the Toronto scene.

Samual K. Mokuahi better known as Sam Steamboat was an American Professional wrestler whose career extended from the 1950's through to the 1970's

Steamboat wrestled mid card in Toronto in the early sixties and the fans who enjoyed his wrestling style had good reason, Steamboat was discovered and trained by the great Lou Thesz 

Steamboat patterned his wrestling style closely to that of Thesz, and to see him launch the Lou Thesz press was a visual treat.'

          -Roger 

Steamboat is being helped by tag partner Jim Hady and long time Ref Cliff Worthy. Bert Maxwell looks on.

Thanks Roger!