Dec. 31, 1961 – ‘To me Stein is crude’

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An interesting and newsy bit from Yetter closed out his 1961 correspondence with Pfefer. It was snowing in Buffalo – what else – but an end of year show between The Sheik, Pedro Martinez' top attraction, and Bobo Brazil, did well nonetheless. Note that Ali Hassan was the manager. This was not the more familiar Sheik Ali Hassan from later years, especially around Oregon. And it was in the pre-Abdullah Farouk days; Ernie Roth was still a color commentator.

Most interesting is that Martinez apparently invested heavily in bringing Kurt Stein from Europe as a top draw. This was Stein's only real swing in North America and Yetter is very clear that he thinks Martinez made a mistake in banking on the so-called German champion, calling him crude, with a lot to learn. Stein's lack of subsequent success in the U.S. tended to bear out Yetter.

And if you wondered who wrote all those articles in the wrestling magazines, wonder no more. It was Yetter, under a variety of noms de plume. At least that was the case for Boxing and Wrestling; we'd love to find the issue in question, as Earle was apparently miffed he didn't get the full byline treatment, the most important aspect of any writer's endeavors.

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