Hackenschmidt Tours St. Louis in 1905

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    The May 9, 1905 edition of the St. Louis Republic’s sport section contained a story about an upcoming match between local wrestler George Baptiste and the touring World Wrestling Champion, George Hackenschmidt.  The paper did not give Baptiste a chance against Hackenschmidt, who just beat Tom Jenkins for the World Championship.  If the editor knew “Hack’s” condition at the time, he

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Stanislaus Zbyszko and the Last Shoot Wrestling Match

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     Stanislaus Zbyszko was born Stanislaw Jan Cyganiewicz on April 1, 1879 in Jodlow, Poland, which was part of the Austria-Hungarian Empire. According to Wikipedia, he chose the ring name Stanislaus Zbyszko because it was the name of a fictional Polish knight.  An article in the Walla Walla, Washington newspaper, The Evening Statesman’s Tuesday, February 8, 1910 edition, publicized Zbyszko’s

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Ed “Strangler” Lewis Wins the Title in 1920

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     On Monday, December 13, 1920, Ed “Strangler” Lewis won the first of six World Heavyweight Wrestling Championships from Joe Stetcher.  The fact he won the title from his biggest rival and business enemy must have been particularly satisfying.      A year before this match, Stetcher and Lewis met in a match lasting over three hours.  Lewis made a mental

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Hack and What It Takes To Be Great

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    George Hackenschmidt (1877-1968) was a world record holding weightlifter and World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion before wrestling was prearranged and lifters were using steroids.  Hackenschmidt achieved a level of greatness due to several factors.      He achieved a high level of physical fitness.  His physical condition allowed him to be the most successful wrestler of his era.  A few

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