Aberg Tempts Gotch

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     Actually, Samuel Rachman, who promoted both the 1915 International Wrestling Tournament and Greco-Roman World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion Aleksander “Alex” Aberg, tried to lure retired World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion Frank Gotch into the tournament.  Rachman hoped to bolster Aberg’s claim as the successor to Gotch.      Rachman offered Gotch $20,000 to wrestle Aberg in May 1915.  Rachman’s tournament

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Ned O’Baldwin Shot

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     In early March 1873, bare knuckle prizefighter Ned “The Irish Giant” O’Baldwin was preparing for a potential match with Jem Mace, who claimed the World Bare Knuckle Prizefighting Championship.  However, before O’Baldwin could face Mace, he served as a second for a friend and fellow prizefighter named Hicken.      Professional fighting in the 19th Century enjoyed a

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Tom Egan Talks to the Post

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     Tom Egan founded one of St. Louis’ earliest organized crime organizations, Egan’s Rats, with his brother-in-law Thomas “Snake” Kinney.  Originally, the gang specialized in political strong arm work for St. Louis’ Democratic Party.  Arising from the tough Kerry Patch neighborhood, the gang members also took part in other crimes such as heists and burglaries.      Historically, criminal

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Theodore Roosevelt Wins 6 States in 1912

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     After Theodore Roosevelt won reelection in his own right during November 1904, TR impetuously announced he would not run for another term.  His inner circle, particularly his wife Edith, would think the decision a mistake.  However, once Theodore Roosevelt made a pronouncement, he intended to keep his word.      Roosevelt picked his Secretary of War and former

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Willie Egan Saves Policeman

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     In the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 25, 1917, Willie Egan, the future head of ‘Egan’s Rats”, St. Louis’ most powerful organized criminal organization, was drinking and having fun with several of his men at Falstaff Saloon.  Willie’s brother Tom oversaw the organization of 300-400 criminals.      Through Tom Egan’s political influence, Willie was employed as

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Farmer Burns Wears Out Jack King

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    Martin “Farmer” Burns reportedly trained over 1,000 wrestlers in his career as America’s foremost wrestling trainer.   However, Burns was a great wrestler in his own right.  Before he retired to train wrestlers full-time, Burns won the American Heavyweight Wrestling Championship from Evan “The Strangler” Lewis in 1895.  Burns held the title for two years.      In

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