Ira Cooper Unravels Money Order Theft

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     On February 22, 1924, unknown suspects took $20,000.00 in American Express Company money orders from the Mercantile Trust Company in Downtown St. Louis.  Initially, the American Bankers Association hired private detectives.  After the detectives were unable to discover any serious leads, the association turned the case over to the St. Louis Police Department.      When the bank

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Zbyszko Double Crosses Trio

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     Rarely does one fundamentally alter their profession but Stanislaus Zbyszko did just that on April 15, 1925 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Zbyszko defeated Wayne Munn in one of the last shoot (not staged) professional wrestling matches in the United States.  It was a shoot or legitimate match because Zbyszko double crossed the “Goldust Trio” wrestling promotion and beat Munn

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Muldoon Unable to Throw Sorakichi FIve Times

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     Dominant champions like William Muldoon often had to accept handicap conditions to get fans interested in watching them wrestle.  Since only Clarence Whistler was considered skilled enough to really threaten his reign, Muldoon would often generate interest by either performing feats of strength or taking on the challenge of handicap conditions.      On May 5, 1885, Muldoon met Matsuda

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“Skippy” Rohan Beats Confederate

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      William “Skippy” Rohan would prove time and again he was one of the toughest kids ever to come out of the Kerry Patch, St. Louis’ tough Irish-American neighborhood.  Home to St. Louis’ most famous gang, “Egan’s Rats”, the Kerry Patch produced the toughest St. Louis gangsters of Irish descent.      Born on July 5, 1874, “Skippy”

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Two Ruffians Beat Officer

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     On Thursday, September 9, 1875, George “Mitchell” Gassert and William Salisbury went to Fred Fisher’s Saloon at the corner of N. Jefferson and Morgan (Delmar today).  After ordering drinks, the two young men of unsavory reputation refused to pay for their drinks.  After several attempts to illicit payment, Fisher summoned St. Louis Police Officer John Cummings.    

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Lurich Throws Losson

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     Georg Lurich made his reputation as a professional wrestler competing in European Greco-Roman wrestling tournaments.  When Lurich travelled to the United States to ply his trade, he made the transition to catch-as-catch-can wrestling, the dominant style outside of Europe.      Lurich adapted well to this style and earned a shot at the World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion, Frank

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