Pittsburgh – 1935

Promoter-Elwood Rigby

Oct. 31, 1935
Northside Arena
1) Gus Sonnenberg b. Vic Christy, 14:00
2) Joe Savoldi drew Jim McMillen, 45:00
3) Sergi Kalmikoff b. Pat McKay, 5:00
4) Hans Kampfer b. Dr. Freddy Meyers, 18:00
6) Dr. Louis Pessolano drew Frank Brunowicz, 15:00

December 5, 1935
Northside Arena (gate $1,800)
1) Strangler Lewis b. Sandor Szabo, 33:04. News accounts derided Lewis; Harry Boyle, sports editor of the Post-Gazette, said "Lewis came into the ring looking like a fat alderman on his way to he beach for a swim."
2) Ed Don George drew Jim McMillen
3) Mike Mazurki b. Dr. Freddy Meyers, 6:02
4) Hans Steinke b. Jack McArthur, 3:04
5) Dr. Louis Pessolano drew Bill Sledge, 15:00

Jan. 25, 1962 – Pfefer’s reading list

Wrestling fans think of Jack Pfefer as a rascally promoter who practiced personal hygiene at a bare minimum and used an untrimmed pinky fingernail to stab and subsequently eat pickles. (Thanks to Phil Melby, Ginger Levin and a variety of others for those images). The reviled promoter apparently enjoyed humor, too, and he sent a book by H. Allen Smith to Yetter, as noted in this missive. Yetter also is miffed by the low pay for some of his stories—$30 for a 2,500-word feature in Police Gazette, which was an important source of sports news early in the 20th century. It says a lot about Police Gazette when Yetter said it can’t measure up to the standard of wrestling mags, and if you saw Police Gazette at the time, you know he was right.

Yetter-Jan 25 1962


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January 26, 1953
Roll Arena (att. 600)
1) Danno O'Shocker & Black Panther (Jim Mitchell) b. Bull Montana & Mr. Satan, 2/3 falls
2) Lou (Little) Darling b. Tiger Jackson, DQ
3) Bull Montana b. Black Panther
3) Mr. Satan b. Danno O'Shocker

February 9, 1953
Roll Arena (att. 500)
1) Tom Thumb b. Tuffy McCray, 2/3 falls, 18:30
2) Black Panther (Jim Mitchell) b. Mr. Satan
3) Ted Marshall b. Doc Gallagher, DQ, 9:30
4) Doc Gallagher & Mr. Satan (Mike Ryan) b. Black Panther & Ted Marshall, 2/3 falls

February 23, 1953
Elyria Catholic High School (att. 700)
1) Ella Waldek b. Nina Lynn, 36:00
2) Mr. Satan b. Faish Gordon, 20:00
3) Gino Angelo b. French Roy, 22:15
4) Frenchy Roy & Faish Gordon b. Mr. Satan & Gino Angelo, 2/3 falls

March 16, 1953
Roll Arena
1) Bull Montana b. French Roy, 2/3 falls
2) Mr. Satan b. Chuck Molnar
3) Juanita Coffman b. Marlene Mercid

March 23, 1953
Roll Arena (att. 400)
1) Tom Thumb & Pancho the Bull b. Tuffy McCray & Tiger Jackson, 2/3 falls, CO in third
2) Chuck Molnar b. Ted Marshall
3) Danno O'Shocker vs Mr. Satan (no result reported)

March 30, 1953
Roll Arena
1) Cowboy Len Hughes b. Tiger Jack Moore, 2/3 falls
2) Cora Combs b. Betty Hawkins, 2/3 falls
3) Mr. Satan b. Steve Nenoff

April 13, 1953
Roll Arena
1) Betty White & Babs Wingo b. Juanita Coffman & Jo Ann Jordan, 2/3 falls, DQ in thirrd
2) Rocky Colombo b. Lord Thompson, 2/3 falls
3) Billy Fox b. Mr. Satan

Elyria Chronicle Telegram, April 22, 1953: "Wrestling in Elyria at the Roll Arena will be discontinued. Announcement to that effect was made today by Mike Ryan of Cleveland, who with Bob Elck and Buck Roberts of Elyria, promoted Rizzuto two shows at the Cleveland Road skating rink after Jack Pettit moved out.

Ryan, who wrestles under the name "Mr. Satan" and also promotes shows at the Hotel Antlers in Lorain, reported that the overhead connected with promoting the game in Elyria is too high and that the show scheduled for next Monday night has been canceled. Ryan also said that he and Elck are lookingfor another local spot in which to stage shows.

Ryan announced that he will continue to run shows in Lorain and that his next program at the Antlers Hotel will be held on Friday night, May 8th. The feature that night will find tri-state (Ohio – Indiana – Michigan) light heavyweight champion Rocco Columbo meeting Billy Fox. Juanita Coffman is also listed to appear on the coming Antlers card with her opponent to be announced later."

Elyria Chronicle Telegram, May 1, 1953: "Mike Ryan (Mr. Satan to wrestling fans) reports from Toledo that he hopes to resume the promotion of the game in Elyria and that his ultimate aim is to conduct shows in both this city and Lorain. . . Writes Mike: "Before the year is out I hope to be running weekly cards both in Elyria and Lorain and in that event I expect to make my home in the Elyria-Lorain area."

Pittsburgh – 1946

March 6, 1949
Aragon Gardens (gate $1,030)
1) Joe Savoldi b. Pat Murphy, 14:15
2) Tony Garcia b. Bill Gridley, 45:00
3) Eric Holmback b. Bing Hall, 16:52
4) Ivan Kalmikoff b. Davie Wayne, 8:08

March 13, 1946
Aragon Gardens
1) Don Eagle b. Ivan Kalmikoff, 19:18
2) Fred Bozic b. Tony Corsica, 6:08
3) Gus Willis b. Bulldog Atkinson, 23:04
4) Eric Holmback b. Bing Hall, 19:26

March 20, 1946
Aragon Gardens
1) Joe Savoldi b. Eric Holmback, 23:44
2) Fred Bozic b. Pat Murphy, 18:31
3) Gus Willis b. Tony Corsica, half nelson, 21:12,
4) Erick Erickson b. Bulldog Atkinson, decision, 30:00

Jan. 18, 1962 – Buffalo in the movies

The opening line of this letter is wonderful, suggesting that Jack Pfefer is out there helping struggling promoters make a few bucks. Pfefer had a longstanding reputation as a man with whom other promoters did not get along. His venture in New Orleans did not last long.

If you ever saw the Ricki Starr episode of Mr. Ed, you saw Starr in action at the Aud in Buffalo. Yetter tells us the wrestling scene was take from one of Pedro Martinez’ films, against Frank Fozo. Probably it was Fozo’s only appearance on a sitcom.

Yetter-Jan 18, 1962


Jan. 7, 1962 – Ilio wins

Yetter started off the New Year in 1962 by exchanging ideas with Pfefer, who was in New Orleans, trying to get that city going. In this letter, Yetter notes that attendance in Buffalo has fallen off, even though Ilio DiPaolo finally got a win over The Sheik. And it’s clear that he was in the golden age of magazine journalism, because Boxing and Wrestling was in an expansion mode. More work for him on the side.

Yetter-Jan 7 1962