Oshawa Wrestling History: Results 1963


1963 is another strong year in the Oshawa wrestling history. U.S. champ Johnny Valentine takes on all comers including Ilio Dipaolo, Yukon Eric, Billy Red Lyons and Jim Hady. The feud with Hady spills over from Toronto with some special stipulation bouts. Some of the local DJ's also get involved and Port Perry is included in the circuit.
Note no results published this year, lineups presented
-AC



63/05/21 Oshawa ,ON Oshawa Arena
US Title: Johnny Valentine vs Ilio DiPaolo
Sweet Daddy Siki vs Jim Hady
Tony Marino vs Duke Noble
Mr Gordon Garrison President of CKLB will officially open the Wrestling season with alderman Gord Attersly
 

63/05/28 Oshawa ,ON Oshawa Arena
US Title: Johnny Valentine vs Jim Hady
Sweet Daddy Siki vs Billy Red Lyons
Ilio DiPaolo vs Mike Valentino



63/06/04 Oshawa ,ON Oshawa Arena
US Title: Johnny Valentine vs Jim Hady - Special Referee Pat Flanagan
John Paul Henning vs Stan Stasiak
Tony Marino vs Fred Atkins


63/06/17 Oshawa ,ON Oshawa Arena
The Beast vs Yukon Eric
The Destroyer vs Johnny Foti
Fred Atkins vs Billy Stack


63/06/25 Oshawa ,ON Oshawa Arena
John Paul Henning vs The Destroyer
Tony Parisi vs Antonio Manos
Don Lewin vs Billy Stack


63/07/06 Port Perry, ON Port Perry Arena 
Killer Kowalski vs Ilio DiPaulo
Lord Littlebrook vs Dandy Andy
Wrestling Bear vs Gene Dubois
Plus 1 other bout


 
63/07/09 Oshawa ,ON Oshawa Arena
Jim Hady vs The Beast
US Title: John Paul Henning vs Hans Schmidt
The Great Mephisto vs Judo Jack Terry


63/07/16 Oshawa ,ON Oshawa Arena
Ykon Eric vs Hans Schmidt
Pee Wee James/Irish Jackie vs Farmer Pete/Pancho Lopez – Special Referee CKLB’s Terry Mann
Jim Hady vs Firpo Zvyszko


63/07/23 Oshawa ,ON Oshawa Arena
Jim Hady vs Bulldog Brower
Fuzzy Cupid/Irish Jackie vs Tiny Tim/Farmer Pete
Tony Marino vs Stan Stasiak


63/07/30 Oshawa ,ON Oshawa Arena
US Title: Johnny Valentine vs Yukon Eric
Ilio DiPaolo vs Bob Liepler
Tony Marino vs Firpo Zbysko


63/08/06 Oshawa ,ON Oshawa Arena
The Beast vs Jim Hady
John Paul Henning vs Sweet Daddy Siki
Dr Jerry Graham vs Tony Marino
 

63/08/13 Oshawa ,ON Oshawa Arena
US Title: Johnny Valentine vs Jim Hady
Tony Marino vs Judo Jack Terry
The Great Mephisto vs Bob Liepler

 
63/08/20 Oshawa ,ON Oshawa Arena
US Title: Johnny Valentine vs Billy Red Lyons
The Beast vs John Paul Henning
Sky Low Low/Irish Jackie vs Farmer Pete/Tiny Tim – Special Referee CKLB’s Terry Mann
 

63/08/27 Oshawa ,ON Oshawa Arena
US Title: Johnny Valentine vs Jim Hady
Ilio DiPaolo vs The Beast
The Great Mephisto vs Ox Anderson


63/09/03 Oshawa ,ON Oshawa Arena
US Title –Texas Death Match: Johnny Valentine vs Jim Hady
Dr Jerry Graham vs John Paul Henning
Tony Parisi vs Ox Henderson
 

63/09/10 Oshawa ,ON Oshawa Arena
Fence Around Ring: Johnny Valentine vs Jim Hady
Ilio DiPaolo vs Billy Red Lyons
Tony Marino vs The Great Mephisto
 

63/09/17 Oshawa ,ON Oshawa Arena
US Title: Johnny Valentine vs Jim Hady
Billy Red Lyons vs Stan Stasiak
Dr Jerry Graham vs Tony Parisi
 

63/09/24 Oshawa ,ON Oshawa Arena
US Title -2 Hour Time Limit: Johnny Valentine vs Jim Hady
John Paul Henning vs Fred Atkins
The Great Mephisto vs Mike Valentino


63/10/01 Oshawa ,ON Oshawa Arena
Johnny Valentine/The Destroyer vs Jim Hady/John Paul Henning
Bob Liepler vs Fred Atkins
Johnny Foti vs The Great Kudo
 

63/10/08 Oshawa ,ON Oshawa Arena
Hans Schmidt/The Destroyer/The Great Kudo vs Seaman Art Thomas/Lorenzo Parente/Tony Marino
The Destroyer vs Lorenzo Parente
Tony Marino vs Johnny Foti
 

63/10/12 Oshawa ,ON Oshawa Arena – Last show of season
Johnny Valentine/The Destroyer/Dr Jerry Graham vs Yukon Eric/Jim Hady/Tony Marino
Jim Hady vs Fred Atkins
Dr Jerry Graham vs Lorenzo Parente



Memories of Toronto Roger Baker: Fishing with Victor Rivera


Warming up for a day of fishing !

During the Summer break we will revisit some of our favorites from the past. 
In a 'Memories of Toronto' Roger Baker takes Victor Rivera fishing on Simcoe 1965. Enjoy. AC

   It was back in the mid sixties that a young Puerto Rican wrestler made his first appearance at MLG. He had an easy to remember name- Victor Rivera- and his in ring skills as well as his impressive strength caught my attention.

   I made a point to meet up with the wrestler and we hit it off well, it was the summer time and I was planning to go fishing on the week end, and asked him if he would like to come along and test his skills insofar as hooking a pike or a bass from Lake Simcoe. 
He was eager to go. We made plans that I would pick him up the following Saturday at 8am. He was outside waiting when I got there and we left to arrive at a pre-determined marina on Cook's Bay which is at the south end of Lake Simcoe.

   The marina that we were going to launch from was owned by several brothers, and one of the brothers kept staring at Rivera, and then at myself. After a few minutes of  the stares he said to me 'Hey, your buddy looks like like Jeff, and you look like Mutt,' I had to admit he was right.

   The day turned out to a very enjoyable experience for us both, and wouldn't you know it , the novice Rivera catches a pike, and I got skunked.


The rookie snags one! 

   Fast forward about six years, I'm at Buffalo's War Memorial Auditorium on assignment to do a story on Abdullah The Butcher. I walk into one of the wrestlers dressing rooms and who do I see? It was none other than Bruno, Domenic Denucci, Louis Martinez, and Victor Rivera. The wrestlers all had smiles on their faces as did this wrestling reporter. I yelled 'Victor, the fish, the fish, you remember us and only you caught a fish,' he was all smiles, and this impromptu meeting was the highlight of my trip to Buffalo that day.

As an after thought I heard that the photo of Rivera with the fish was published in wrestling programs in the Boston Mass. arena.
*note, pic was used in a Ring mag also , at bottom of post

Battling Abdullah in Buffalo

Ron Martinez and the ref attempt to separate the two during the Buffalo bout


Victor Rivera's wrestling career was very successful and he went on to win many titles in the following years including
The NWA Americas Heavyweight title 5 times
The WWW world tag championship with Dominic Denucci
He held the WWW  Los Angeles tag title with Tony Marino
As well as the WWW International tag title also with Tony Marino
- Roger

-Thanks Roger ! 



Roger's photo used in a 1969 Ring Mag 


The Big Event 1986


  It re-wrote the record books in what became known as The Big Event, the WWF Exhibition Stadium card on Aug 28 1986. Originally announced as part of that summer's Grandstand Series during the annual CNE activities, the show would thrust Toronto into the world's wrestling spotlight once again.

HULK HOGAN/SPANKY SPANGLER SPECTACULARS SET FOR CNE
A world-title wrestling bout featuring World Wrestling Federation champion Hulk Hogan and truck-and-motorcycle daredevil spectacular. starring Spanky Spangler, Danny "Fireball" Reed and Robbie Knievel will fill the remaining two dates of this summer's CNE's grandstand lineup. The concert season also includes comedian Bill Cosby, and rock stars Van Halen, Elton John, Psychedelic Furs, Stevie Nicks and Whitney Houston (*also Genesis, AC/DC, Judas Priest). The Aug. 28 Hulkamania show pits Hogan against an un-named opponent for the world title. Tickets will go on sale soon.
Jul 15 1986 Star

By this time Toronto was deep into it's Hulkamania era. It was only a few years removed from Flair soaking in the fans cheers on the ramp, or Jimmy Valiant (the Mid-Atlantic era's Hogan) raising the roof as he hit the ring. As many of the old-time fans started to move away there were thousands of new ones. Kids were now a big part of the equation and were filling up MLG along with their parents and family. 



TICKETS WILL COST YOU AN ARM AND LEG
You want Ticket Traumas!! I'll give you traumas!! Thursday's Hulkamania show al Exhibition Stadium is gonna be the bloodiest, baddest, bone-crunchingest and BIGGEST wrestling event in North American history. Bigger than Van Halen. Bigger than ,Judas Priest. Bigger than Elton John, The BIGGEST event in this year's CNW Grandstand series!! Don't take my word for it. The World Wrestling Federation says this show will make the record books. Already 42,000 tickets have been sold. They're going for 65,000. Toronto's a wrestling town. WWF president Jack Tunney lives here. He's been running successful matches in Maple Leaf Gardens since 1956. (*Not sure how they came up with that number, Jack in the office as early as 1951-52 and took over officially in 1983)
Aug 20 1986 Star

The papers too were now filled with stories on Hogan, the Rougeaus, Randy Savage, and the rest of the WWF cast. In the M-A era we were lucky to get the ad and the results and an occasional article. Now they were devoting multi page spreads in the dailies  and crossing over into the Entertainment sections. Even the Star entertainment guy Peter Goddard got on the bandwagon, kicking off his day-after column with 'I don't take wrestling seriously' no less. An article at the beginning of the year had CHCH (home of the local wrestling TV show) VP Gary Buss proclaiming 'I've never seen anything like it! Maybe five years ago you'd use wrestling as a throw-in. A client would say 'Oh, God, don't give me that unless it's free.' Now you look at it as a legitimate package. It's show-business.'

The last time Jack had ran Exhibition Stadium it was the summer of 1983 and wrestling was in a downturn again. They were a huge success at the time. Cards 2 weeks apart and anywhere from 30-45,000 people total depending on source. The Night of Champions, and Return of Champions were the biggest cards (as far as bouts/titles) ever held here to that time. If the first one actually had 19,000 or more it would have been the record for the city to that point. The Gardens was packed to the rafters at a bit over 18,000. 
We looked at the '83 Exhibition Stadium cards as part of a broader look at  Open Air Wrestling in Toronto

Fast forward 3 years and the stage was set again. This time at the height of wrestling's popularity in the city in recent years. Jack staged it as a partnership with CPI and the Ex and to say it was a huge success is a massive understatement. When all was said and done attendance was variously reported from 61-71,000 fans. A souvenir seller said business was better than at rock concerts. Available: 12$ Hulk t-shirts, 6$ posters, 3$ programs, and buttons, cups, and the rest of the WWF merchandise machine. Seats were 20$ for ringside down to 8$ for 'seats close to Mississauga.' 

RECORD 65,000 HOLLER FOR HULK
You had to be there. History was made in Metro last night, a large hammerlock on the sweatier chapter of our  book of records, hundreds of blows for mankind against the forces of evil and; most important, a welcome black mark (nearly $100,000) on the profit ledger of the Canadian National Exhibition. Forget rock concerts, country singers, killer trucks or the midway if you're talking rebirth of the Ex. Last night It was wrestling. Wrestling with a capital W. It was the Hulkster, Adrian Adonis, the Killer Bees and that damn Jake The Snake Roberts, everyone you've cheered or cursed on all those endless TV matches. Before it was over, 65,000, the largest crowd in the history of the sport (er, entertainment, er, exhibition) travelled, fought and bought their way into a chilly Exhibition Place to set a world attendance record for a single card and a near record for the largest grandstand show in the history of the creaky old Ex. 
Aug 29 1986 Star

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Bill Stockwell, GM of the Ex said 'There's been bigger crowds here but nothing like this. This is unique.' The Ex was in a bit of a decline in attendance that year, but all was forgotten that night. 'They say there's nothing new at the Ex and I say to them, let them beat this one.' Profit was based on ticket sales, said to be a minimum $75-100k plus a large peripheral gain including parking and concessions. 

It added that Stockwell had come up with the idea two years before, when visiting the Texas State Fair. 'Put it together I said, and this result is tonight.' 

The Globe mentioned that 'The Toronto crowd, described by the promoters as a world record size for watching a professional wrestling match, surpassed a crowd of 52,000 in 1980 at Shea Stadium in New York.' Shea had held the acknowledged 'pro wrestling' record to that point but was in actuality considerably less than others worldwide. The Big Event held the title for just a year, until Wrestlemania III shattered it, with 93,000 proclaimed. The Globe also added that Ricky Steamboat had said that although wrestlers lose a great deal of money with the exchange rate when they wrestle in Canada, 'Toronto is my second home.' Steamboat a big favorite here in the M-A era. 

We later broke our own record with 67,000+ at the Skydome in 1990 for Wrestlemania VI, and then again in the early 2000's. That's a lot of wrestling fans! 





It wasn't all happy Hulkamaniacs though, a ticket snafu left some fans fuming. 

ANGRY FANS PROMISED REFUNDS AFTER TICKETS PRINTED IN ERROR
Concert Productions International says it will refund money to the hundreds of wrestling fans who were involved in last night's ticket mixup. Many wrestling fanatics showed up at Exhibition Stadium to find their choice floor seats didn't exist. Others couldn't see the ring be­ cause the seat less people were told to huddle in aisles. CPI spokesman Barbara Hoffman said late last night tickets were printed by mistake after a worker didn't consult the seating plan carefully. She said she didn't know exactly how many wrong tickets were sold. 'But people involved in the problem will be given a full refund,' she said. Details on how to collect refunds will be announced once CPI decides which tickets are eligible for rebate, she said. Paul Bernard, 16, paid $21.40 for his floor seat and came from Mississauga to see the Hulkster. He waited "several hours" to get seventh-row ringside seats  when tickets went on sale a month ago, he said. "What a joke," Bernard said. "They tell me I'm part of wrestling history. I tell you I got no seat and I gave up a night for this when I could have been at the cottage." He left after only three matches because he couldn't see kneeling in an aisle.
Aug 29 Star



The Toronto Fire department was also on hand to make sure it met fire safety standards. It did. The Stadium had come under scrutiny the summer before when Bruce Springsteen packed 69,000 in - twice. Under the regulations, capacity was only 54,331. After some investigation they decided that the jurisdiction did not extend to the field area of an open stadium because in the case of a fire it is considered a safe area. 

They were already speaking about doing it again the following year. Stockwell:  'Are you kidding? This is big big bucks we're talking about, serious money. The demand is growing for this sort of thing and of course we'll bring it back.'




HERE ARE RESULTS OF LAST NIGHT'S BOUTS
For the record, here are the results of last night's wrestling match at the Canadian National Exhibition:

...Orndorff wears the Hulk's championship belt, but it was a short lived honor: the referee disqualified Orndorff and gave the wrestling crown back to the rightful owner, Hulk Hogan. 

Bout one
The Killer Bees faced the dreaded Funk Brothers of Texas and looked like early losers - until they left the ring to don masks and newfound power. Even though the Funks threw them out of the  ring, the Bees stung back for victory, much to the delight of the pro-Bee crowd.
Bout two
King Tonga and the Magnificent Muraco engaged in a singles grudge match, but time ran out be fore it could be decided once and forever. Muraco had Tonga on the ropes but the bell preserved the draw. The crowd was demanding a crown for Tonga.
Bout three
It was billed as the battle of the strong men, but the crowd was slightly upset when Tony (Mr. USA) Atlas was a late scratch. Still, Ted Arcidi had little trouble hammering fill-in bodybuilder Tony Gramm with a series of crushing blows as the fans roared their approval.
Bout four
In one of the big matches of the night, the ever popular Junkyard Dog defeated the hated Adrian Adonis, a man who admits he marches to a different drummer. The bout was decided when the Dog threw Adonis outside the ring and into the face of his manager, The Mouth of The South. Adonis, despite his flowing blonde locks and supply of flowers, could not climb back into the ring. Neither could his manager.
Bout five
Evil Iron Mike Sharpe of Hamilton failed to spark against Dick (The Rebel) Slater, who. finished him off with a suplex from the upper rung of the ropes.
Bout six
It was billed as one of the biggest. tag-team matches of the century but  the  result  appalled the  huge
crowd. The Machines (one of whom is rumored to be the banned Andre The Giant) destroyed the dreaded Big John Studd and King Kong Bundy, but they were disqualified after the Machines manager, Captain Lou Albino, leaped into the ring to help his team. Studd and Bundy were awarded the win as the crowd cursed and manager Bobby (The-Brain) Heenan laughed.
Bout seven
In  one  of  the  night's  other big matches, Ricky (The Dragon) Steamboat  destroyed  the  hated Jake (The Snake) Roberts in a death-match. Roberts was hindered, however, because he wasn't allowed to use his snake because of objections from  the  Toronto Humane Society.
Bout eight
Bllly Jack Haines, a comer from, the West Coast, defeated Hercules Hernandez with a drop-kick to the throat as the crowd thundered it's approval.
Bout nine
This one had the crowd up for a standing ovation as the Canadian Rougeau Brothers (Jacques and Raymond) battled to a victory over Greg (The Hammer) Valentine and Brutus Beefcake in a bitter tag-team match. Jacques was so excited after Valentine an Beefcake were finally subdued that he  plucked  a  Canadian flag from a fan and waved it over his head.
Bout ten
To no one's surprise Handsome Harley Race made mincemeat out of Pedro Morales as the trend of good over evil continued.
-Aug 29 1986 Star


-AC
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Wayne Bock 1960


   There were quite a few ex-Football players that hit it big in pro wrestling. Here in Toronto we had regulars Gene Kiniski, Fritz Von Erich, Tom 'Emperor' Jones, and Angelo Mosca, as well as George Wells and Ernie Ladd, Dick Huffman, and some others that didn't hang around as much. 

Gil Mains and Wayne Bock are two more that wrestled here -while under contract to the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. Mains in 1955 and Bock in 1960.

Wayne Bock was a 25 year old who stood 6'4 and weighed in at a wrestling ready 257lbs. He came into the city highly touted and with a reputation that preceded him. Lou Agase, the Argo's coach who had previously recruited Bock for both Illinois University and the Chicago Cardinals, and now the Argos, was a big fan. 'He's an animal' said Agase.

Toronto Promoter Frank Tunney, as usual, was quick to see the potential in another gridiron star. 'I recruited Wayne as a wrestler because Gene Kiniski tipped me off. Kiniski said 'he's just about as tough a (deleted) as I am' and this coming from Kiniski is high praise indeed.'

Tunney offered that Bock would wrestle on the Ontario circuit until football practices start and at that point give up the bumps and grinds of the ring for the bumps and grinds of the grid.

Bock had previously been under contract to the Ti-Cats back in 1955 but had suddenly left camp and joined the Marines. The then coach of the Ti-Cats had  to phone his counterpart in Toronto asking if he had seen his highly touted player who he admitted 'had a great camp.'

He played football for the Marines and later signed with the Cardinals and played there briefly  before coming to Toronto. He already had some experience in the ring having wrestled around the U.S. in 1959 and  early 1960 before arriving in Toronto.

In a Jim Hunt column Bock was asked if he was a villain in the ring. 'I'm not a very nice fellow in the ring or on the football field' he replied.

Coach Agase claimed he had no problem with Bock working the grunt and groan as it would keep him in shape and he was better off wrestling than sitting around gaining weight. Bock was due to report for training on the field as of July 1.

Another pre-bout write up referred to Bock calling himself  'The Beast.' John Yachetti aka 'The Beast' who wrestled here for many years, was still 2 years away from his MLG debut at that time.




His first bout was against Babyface Don Jardine the future 'Spoiler' and made an instant impression. The recap said the Argo's fans were going to be happy as he was fast for a guy his size and they will welcome 'his ugly temper' that he demonstrated in beating Jardine after 11:46 of action. 'The fans don't usually like me very much' added Bock.

His second bout was against Tony Marino with the same result, winning with a top spread after 11 minutes. That would mark the end of his short ring tenure.

The Argo's would finish the 1960 season in first place, losing in the Eastern final to the Ottawa Roughriders but Bock was absent, having never played a game in Toronto. For such a highly touted star he only shows to have stats for 4 games for the Cardinals in 1957 (though said to have played over 3 seasons with them), the extent of his pro career. He was gone by the end of training camp but am unsure if he left or got cut.

There was mention of him having ties to the criminal underworld in Chicago when he passed on in 2016 at 82.

-AC

Don Leo vs Whipper 1959


Classic Matchup Recap
"Don Leo Jonathan who has been running rough shod over all Canadian opposition since coming back to the circuits caught a tartar in Whipper Billy Watson, former world champion in a feature match at Maple Leaf Gardens Toronto which the fans will remember for a long time. Jonathan in a television interview with sports commentator Fred Scambati said he would make Watson retire from the game when they met.  Apparently Watson did not take kindly to that statement. He asked Frank Tunney to draw up the papers for the match and it must be said that Watson came up with one of the best bouts of his life.
 
The 300 pound Mormon certainly got rough treatment from Watson who used authoritative elbow smashes, double knee lifts, assorted nerve holds, and judo chops to keep Jonathan at bay. Jonathan threw Watson from the ring and Watson returned with fire in his eyes. The former champ threw Jonathan over the ropes then jumped from the ring, picked up the Mormon and slammed him on the concrete floor with a resounding crash. This was retaliation in full on Watson's part. When Jonathan tried to rise Watson caught him with announcer's Jerry Hiff's desk over the head returning to the inside of the ring. Watson caught hold of the big fellow's head and drove him into the corner's steel post raising a wicked welt on the side of his head. 

It was without a doubt one of the best bouts of Whipper Watson's life. He paid in full to Jonathan for the latter's rash statement over television but Watson had outfoxed Jonathan by getting into his best possible physical condition for the bout. Jonathan was on the way to defeat after 45:36 in as wild-and-woolly action as the fans have ever seen in Maple leaf Gardens. The curfew halted the bout at 11 o'clock so it ended in a stalemate but Mr. Jonathan knew he had been in one of the most turbulent bouts of his career. The result was that Whipper Watson gained a host of new admirers for holding the Salt Lake City lad at bay." 
THE RING MAGAZINE December 1959 excerpted from 'The Mat World' by Earl Yetter


Promo from the dailies prior to the bout

Don Leo and Whipper had a good feud throughout Southern Ontario. We will look at the very exciting year of 1959 in the Almanac soon. 

During the summer break we will feature some more Classic Matchup's from the Toronto history. Hope you enjoy them. 
-AC

'I truly enjoy your website and all the work that has gone into this AC. It’s one of my all time favorite websites and it brings back so many memories. I attended hundreds of wrestling matches at ringside since 1975 at Maple Leaf Gardens. Thank you for everything you’ve done to preserve this great history and legacy. A lot of the inspiration I received in those early years led to my passion and success in the fitness industry and in other entrepreneurial ventures' - Jeff R Toronto June 2021

Thanks for the nice note Jeff, reminds me why we started this site in the first place.
By the fans for the fans. All the best out to all of our friends . Enjoy your summer.
 AC

Slam Wrestling review

 Thanks to Griff Henderson and Greg & Jamie at Slam Wrestling for the nice review. I met Griff years back, he may be the most knowledgeable fan around these parts when it comes it to the M-A era, and has long been a source for info. It's great hearing from the local and learned fans that have (mostly) liked the book. 
-AC

'For me reading From Nanjo to The Sheik: Tales from Toronto Wrestling written by Andrew Calvert with Roger Baker, out now and self-published, was an actual education in Toronto’s squared circle history...'                                                                (Click to read more - opens in a new window)

Canadian Middleweight Title belt 1930's

A beautiful Canadian title belt recently offered on ebay. Held by Jack Brentano in the 1930's. 







From the auction:
You are bidding on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a piece of Professional Wrestling history. The Canadian Middleweight Championship belt held by Jack Brentano (also billed as Jack Brantano, Bull Brentana, John "Canada" Brentano, "Strangler" Brentano, The Red Flash (masked), Monsieur Jaques, Jacques La Roque and, no doubt, several more!)

This beautiful belt and metal buckle from the 1930s (at the latest) weighs 12oz and the main buckle face measures approximately 13.5 x 11.5cm.

Two metal Canadian maple leaf emblems are pinned either side.

The belt comes with an amazing book of provenance - a circa 35-page scrapbook full of newspaper cuttings, bills, telegrams, personal insights and more. Towns/cities wrestled in across North America include Vancouver, Edmonton, Tacoma, Bellingham, Seattle, Provo, Salt Lake City, Kelso, Long View, Great Falls, Helena, Fort Peck, El Paso, Grant's Pass, Eugene and Sheridan. 

Brentano appears to have held three belts at one time: (amateur) Welterweight champion of the Pacific Coast, Canadian Middleweight (this one) and the Montana State Middleweight title. He was born in St. Paul, Oregon in 1900 and died in 1945. One newspaper piece suggests that Brentano had been Canadian champion since 1928, won at Hastings Park, Vancouver.

Brentano with a similar belt 


-AC