Thursday, February 6, 2020

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 these and the other refs see Referees in Maple Leaf (currently under edit)

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. He was a day 1 employee of MLG, his picture appeared alongside other day oners in a program celebrating 25 years of service in 1956.

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. Had a couple of heel ref runs around the circuit. Roger Baker's favorite ref!

Al 'Bunny' Dunlop: Former star and 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 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.

Thanks to Roger Baker
-AC