Research by Don Luce

Boston, MA: Wednesday, January 3, 1945
(Boston Arena, att.-3,500) … Nanjo Singh beat Kay Bell (2-1) … Frank Sexton beat Rebel Bob
Russell … Dr. John (Dropkick) Murphy beat Jack LaRue … Zeus Wilcheski beat Dr. Freddie Meyer
… Promoter: Paul Bowser

Boston, MA: Tuesday, January 9, 1945
(Mechanics Building) … Rudy Dusek beat Pat Walsh (2-1) … Jim Austeri beat Eddie Roxberg (sub
for Tony Colesano) … Dick Stahl drew Les Ryan (20:00) (sub for Pat Schaeffer) … Jim Austeri and
Pat Walsh beat Rudy Dusek and Les Ryan (sub match for Tony Gust vs Al Mercier) … Promoter:
Joe Alvarez

Boston, MA: Wednesday, January 10, 1945
(Arena, att.-6,000) … Nanjo Singh beat Kay Bell (2-0) … Referee: Tony Galento … Frank Sexton
beat Cardiff Giant … Zeus Wilcheski beat Jack Marshall … Tiger Tasker drew Sal Balbo

Boston, MA: Tuesday, January 16, 1945
(Mechanics Building) … Rudy Dusek beat Jim Austeri (2-1) … Cliff Olson beat Pat Walsh … Les
Ryan beat Jack O’Brien (of Somerville MA) … Dick Stahl vs Andy Meixner

Boston, MA: Wednesday, January 17, 1945
(Arena, att.-3,000) … Maurice Tillet (as The Angel) beat Zeus Wilcheski (2-1) … Frank Sexton
beat Strangler Ed White … Thor Morgan beat Dr. Freddie Meyer … George Linehan drew Jack
Ross (sub for Dr. John (Dropkick) Murphy)

Boston, MA: Tuesday, January 23, 1945
(Mechanics Building, att.-2,500) … Cliff Olson beat Pat McKay (2-1) … Harry Finkelstein beat Sam
Gardner … Les Ryan beat Jack Smith … Dick Stahl beat Andy Meixner

Boston, MA: Wednesday, January 24, 1945
(Arena, att.-3,000) … Frank Sexton beat Thor Morgan (1-0, utc) … The Phantom beat Jack Ross
… Sal Balbo beat George Linehan (dq) … Leo Numa drew Manuel Cortez (20:00)

Boston, MA: Wednesday, January 31, 1945
(Arena, att.-4,500) … Jumping Joe Savoldi beat George Linehan (24:35) … Nanjo Singh beat Zeus
Wilcheski … The Phantom beat Jack Carter … Bull Montana drew Manuel Cortez

Boston, MA: Wednesday, February 7, 1945
(Boston Garden, att.-5,000) … Sandor Szabo beat Nanjo Singh (2-1) … Referee: Jack Sharkey …
Frank Sexton drew Leo Numa … Wilbur (Thor) Morgan drew The Phantom … Sal Balbo beat Dr.
Freddie Meyer … Manuel Cortez beat Tiger Tasker

Boston, MA: Wednesday, February 14, 1945
(Arena, att.-3,000) … Frank Sexton beat Leo Numa (1:07:19) … The Phantom beat Jack LaRue …
Sal Balbo drew Les Ruffin (15:00) … Abe Zvonkin beat Jim Wallis

Boston, MA: Wednesday, February 21, 1945
(Arena, att.-6,300) … Frank Sexton beat Nanjo Singh (2-1) (first by dq) … Referee: Steve Passas
… Zeus Wilcheski beat The Phantom (dq) … Strangler Ed White drew Abe Zvonkin … Sal Balbo
beat Tony Jordan (sub for Jack Carter)

Boston, MA: Tuesday, February 27, 1945
(Mechanics Building, att.-2,300) … Cliff Olson beat Abe Yourist (2-0, utc) … Dick Stahl beat Pat
McKay (dq) … Jack O’Brien drew Sam Gardner (20:00) … Les Ryan drew Harry Finkelstein …
Promoter: Joe Alvarez

Boston, MA: Wednesday, February 28, 1945
(Arena, att.-5,000) … (Duration Title) Sandor Szabo* beat Lewis Laird (2-1) … Manuel Cortez beat
The Phantom (dq) … Leo Numa beat Strangler Ed White … Sal Balbo drew Tiger Tasker …
Promoter: Paul Bowser

Boston, MA: Tuesday, March 6, 1945
(Mechanics Building, att.-2,400) … Pat McKay beat Dick Stahl (2-1) … Elmer the Great Estep beat
Pat Walsh … Pete Tata beat Sam Gardner … Harry Finkelstein beat Jack O’Brien

Boston, MA: Wednesday, March 7, 1945
(Arena) … (WTM) Steve Casey* beat Maurice Tillet (as The Angel) (2-1) … Babe Sharkey beat
Zeus Wilcheski (utc) … Pat Schaeffer beat Fred Bruno … Sal Balbo drew Jim Wallis (20:00) …
(Results from the Boston Globe research of Tim Hornbaker)

Boston, MA: Tuesday, March 13, 1945
(Mechanics Building, att.-2,000) … Elmer the Great Estep beat Pat McKay (2-0) … Cliff Olson beat
Mike Demitrie … Freddie Moran drew Frank Doyle … Pete Tata drew Dick Stahl

Boston, MA: Wednesday, March 14, 1945
(Arena, att.-6,500) … (Duration Title) Sandor Szabo* drew Frank Sexton (1:30:00, 1-1) … Lewis
Laird beat Andy Meixner … Manuel Cortez drew Pat Schaeffer … Tom Rice beat Tiger Tasker (dq)

Boston, MA: Tuesday, March 20, 1945
(Mechanics Building, att.-2,300) … Elmer the Great Estep beat Vic Christy (2-0) … Cliff Olson beat
Jack Smith … Stuart Spears (of Jamaica Plain MA) beat Roy DeLong (sub for Freddie Moran) …
Frank Doyle (of East Boston) beat Jack O’Brien

Boston, MA: Wednesday, March 21, 1945
(Arena, att.-6,200) … (Duration Title) Sandor Szabo* beat Frank Sexton (1:15:51) … Referee:
Jack Sharkey … Babe Sharkey beat Angelo Savoldi … Lewis Laird beat Strangler Ed White … Leo
Numa drew Ivan Rasputin

Boston, MA: Tuesday, March 27, 1945
(Mechanics Building, att.-3,000) … Yvon Robert drew Cliff Olson (1-1, nc) … Art LeGrand beat
Harry Finkelstein (dq) … Les Ryan drew Frank Doyle (sub for Jim Spencer) … Dick Stahl beat Pat
Walsh

Boston, MA: Wednesday, March 28, 1945
(Arena, att.-4,000) … Frank Sexton beat Nanjo Singh (2-0) (first by dq) … Referee: Steve Passas
… Manuel Cortez drew Sal Balbo (30:00) … Lewis Laird beat Abe Zvonkin … Les Ruffin beat Ted
Germaine (dq) … Promoter: Paul Bowser

Boston, MA: Tuesday, April 3, 1945
(Mechanics Building, att.-2,500) … Cliff Olson beat Dick Stahl (2-1) … Frank Doyle beat Harry
Finkelstein (dq) … Freddie Moran drew Stewart Spears (20:00) … Les Ryan drew Pete Tata (20:
00) … Promoter: Joe Alvarez

Boston, MA: Wednesday, April 4, 1945
(Boston Garden, att.-8,000) … (WTM) Steve Casey* beat Sandor Szabo (1:05:15) … Referee:
Babe Ruth … Leo Numa drew Babe Sharkey (30:00) … Lewis Laird beat Dr. Freddie Meyer … Bull
Curry drew Manuel Cortez (20:00) … Sal Balbo beat Ted Germaine (dq) … NOTES: Babe Ruth
was said to have lost six pounds during the match … This ended Szabo’s Duration title as Steve
Casey was back from the Army to defend his American Wrestling Association world heavyweight
championship

Boston, MA: Wednesday, April 11, 1945
(Arena, att.-5,500) … Frank Sexton beat The Phantom (2-1) (unmasked as Don Evans) …
Referee: Jack Sharkey … Leo Numa beat Ed McNeal … Lewis Laird beat Jack Marshall … Ted
Germaine beat Walter Lipson

Boston, MA: Tuesday, April 17, 1945
(Mechanics Building, att.-3,500) … Yvon Robert beat Cliff Olson (2-0, cor) (first by dq) … Jack O’
Brien and Wild Bill O’Reilly beat Freddie Moran and Eddie Muise (2-1) … Les Ryan beat Jim
Spencer (dq) … Pete Tata beat Sam Gardner

Boston, MA: Wednesday, April 18, 1945
(Arena, att.-4,000) … Sandor Szabo beat Lewis Laird (2-1) … Chief Saunooke beat Leo Numa …
George Mansor drew Jim Wallis (20:00) … Nick Valley drew Dr. Freddie Meyer

Boston, MA: Tuesday, April 24, 1945
(Mechanics Building) … Al Mercier beat Jim Spencer (2-1) … Dick Stahl beat Tony Gaudet …
Frank Doyle beat Freddie Moran … Eddie Muise and Marshall Muise beat Stewart Spears and Bull
Walton (2-1)

Boston, MA: Wednesday, April 25, 1945
(Arena, att.-6,500) … (WTM) Sandor Szabo beat Steve Casey (2-1) (won the AWA World HW Title)
… Chief Saunooke beat Jack Bradley … Sal Balbo drew Ed McNeal (20:00) … Manuel Cortez beat
Andy Meixner

Boston, MA: Wednesday, May 2, 1945
(Arena, att.-6,500) … (WTM*) Frank Sexton beat Sandor Szabo (1:11:09) (won AWA World HW
Title) … Chief Osley Saunooke beat Lewis Laird … Leo Numa drew Tiger Tasker (20:00) … Ed
McNeal drew Pat Schaeffer (20:00) … NOTE: Sexton won the one fall match with a reverse back
fall.

Boston, MA: Wednesday, May 9, 1945
(Arena, att.-4,500) … Steve Casey beat Chief Saunooke (2-0) (first by dq) … Manuel Cortez beat
Ed McNeal … Tiger Tasker drew Sal Balbo (20:00) … Pat Schaeffer beat Jim Wallis
Boston, MA: Wednesday, May 16, 1945
(Arena, att.-6,800) … (WTM) Frank Sexton* drew Steve Casey (1:30:00) … Lewis Laird beat
Charley Harben … Leo Numa beat Andy Meixner … Sal Balbo drew Ted Germaine (20:00)

Boston, MA: Wednesday, May 23, 1945
(Arena, att.-4,800) … Steve Casey beat Sandor Szabo (1-0, utc) … Ted Germaine beat Charlie
Diamond … Win Robbins drew Tiger Tasker … Lewis Laird drew Pat Schaeffer … Promoter: Paul
Bowser

Boston, MA: Wednesday, May 30, 1945
(Arena, att.-5,000) … (WTM) Frank Sexton* drew Sandor Szabo (1:30:00, 1-1) … Chief Saunooke
beat Pat Schaeffer … Babe Sharkey beat Jack Marshall … Manuel Cortez beat Silent Pedro Gomez

Boston, MA: Wednesday, June 6, 1945
(Arena, att.-6,500) … (WTM*) Steve Casey beat Frank Sexton (2-1, cor) (won the AWA World HW
Title) … Referee: Steve Passas … Lewis Laird beat George Mansor … Chief Saunooke beat
Charley Harben … Al Staples drew Tiger Tasker (20:00)

Boston, MA: Wednesday, June 13, 1945
(Arena, att.-5,000) … Steve Casey beat Lewis Laird (24:54) … Frank Sexton beat Chief Saunooke
(26:42) … Leo Numa drew George Mansor (20:00) … Salvatore Balbo beat Walter Lipson

Boston, MA: Wednesday, June 20, 1945
(Arena, att.-6,000) … (WTM) Steve Casey* beat Frank Sexton (1:06:45) … Great Mephisto drew
Ted Germaine … Pat Schaeffer beat George Mansor … Eddie McNeal drew Dr. Freddie Meyer

Boston, MA: Wednesday, June 27, 1945
(Arena, att.-7,100) … (WTM*) Frank Sexton beat Steve Casey (2-1) (won the AWA World HW Title)
… Referee: Marvin Westenberg … Sal Balbo drew Great Mephisto … (Judo Match) Phil Badger
beat Al Castoldi … Lewis Laird beat Pat Schaeffer … Al Staples beat Dr. Freddie Meyer … (last
card of the season)

Boston, MA: Wednesday, September 5, 1945
(Boston Garden, att.-4,000) … Nanjo Singh beat Wilbur (Thor) Morgan (2-1) … Great Mephisto
beat George Mansor … Manuel Cortez beat Jim Wallis … Lewis Laird beat Andy Meixner … (first
card of the fall season) … NOTE: Nanjo Singh was said to be a United States Army veteran.

Boston, MA: Wednesday, September 12, 1945
(Boston Garden, att.-4,000) … Nanjo Singh beat Great Mephisto (2-1) … Red Wolf beat Pat
Schaeffer … Thor Morgan drew Frank Judson … Chuck Montana beat Billy Brooks … Promoter:
Paul Bowser

Boston, MA: Wednesday, September 19, 1945
(Boston Garden) … Nanjo Singh beat Great Mephisto (2-1) … Lewis Laird beat Thor Morgan …
Red Wolf beat George Mansor … Jack Marshall drew Dale Wayne (20:00) … Promoter: Paul
Bowser

Boston, MA: Tuesday, September 25, 1945
(Mechanics Building) … Bobby Managoff beat Henry Kulkovich (2-0) … Gus Johnson (of Lowell
MA) beat Jack O’Brien (of Somerville MA) … Jack Trudeau beat Maurice Letchford … Larry Moquin
beat Al Tucker … Promoter: Joe Alvarez … NOTE: This was not the well known Demon Jack O’
Brien.

Boston, MA: Wednesday, September 26, 1945
(Boston Garden) … Nanjo Singh beat Lewis Laird (2-1) … Red Wolf beat Fred Judson … Marvin
Westenberg beat Andy Meixner … Tiger Tasker drew Sal Balbo (20:00)

Boston, MA: Tuesday, October 2, 1945
(Mechanics Building, att.-3,000) … Yvon Robert drew Bobby Managoff (1-1) (Robert was
unintentionally fouled in the third fall and utc) … Referee: Freddie Moran … Felix Miquet beat Les
Ryan … Larry Moquin beat Henry Kulkovich (dq) … Don Eagle beat Gus Johnson … NOTE: Gus
Johnson here was a New England wrestler.

Boston, MA: Wednesday, October 3, 1945
(Arena) … No Wrestling (circus using the building)

Boston, MA: Tuesday, October 9, 1945
(Mechanics Building) … Larry Moquin beat Henry Kulkovich (2-1) … Don Eagle beat Al Tucker …
Jean Pusie vs Les Ryan (both dq) (sub for Frank Valois) … Jack O’Brien beat Masked Marvel

Boston, MA: Wednesday, October 10, 1945
(Garden, att.-6,500) … (WTM) Frank Sexton* beat Nanjo Singh (2-1) … Sliding Billy Hansen beat
Tiger Tasker … Red Wolf beat Jack Marshall … Chuck Montana drew Al LaClerc

Boston, Wednesday, October 17, 1945
(Boston Garden) … Sliding Billy Hansen beat Red Wolf (2-1, dq) … Ivan Rasputin beat Frank
Judson … Chuck Montana drew Manuel Cortez … Dr. Len Hall beat Jack Marshall

Boston, MA: Thursday, October 25, 1945
(Boston Garden, att.-5,000) … (WTM) Frank Sexton* drew Red Wolf (1-1) … Ivan Rasputin beat
Lewis Laird … Dr. Len Hall beat Tony Gaudet … Charlie Diamond drew Al Staples … Promoter:
Paul Bowser

Boston, MA: Tuesday, October 30, 1945
(Mechanics Building) … Larry Moquin beat Tony Garibaldi (2-0) … Don Eagle beat Henry
Kulkovich (23:00) … Masked Marvel beat Sam Gardiner … Les Ryan drew Pat Walsh (20:00) …
Promoter: Joe Alvarez

Boston, MA: Wednesday, October 31, 1945
(Boston Garden) … Ivan Rasputin beat Sliding Billy Hansen (2-1) … Dr. Len Hall drew Manuel
Cortez … Frank Marconi beat Jim Wallis … Pantaleon Manlapig (as Gus Manlapeg) beat Andy
Meixner

Boston, MA: Tuesday, November 6, 1945
(Mechanics Building) … Don Eagle vs Henry Kulkovich … Jean Pusie vs Pat Walsh … Masked
Marvel vs John Katan … Les Ryan vs Jack Trudeau

Boston, MA: Wednesday, November 7, 1945
(Arena, att.-6,500) … (WTM) Frank Sexton* beat Red Wolf (2-0) (first by dq) (unmasked as John
Grandovich) … Referee: Steve Passas … Dr. Len Hall drew Billy Hansen … Tom Casey drew Bull
Curry … Manuel Cortez beat Fred Bruno

Boston, MA: Tuesday, November 13, 1945
(Mechanics Building) … Bobby Managoff beat Larry Moquin (2-1) … Don Eagle beat Masked
Marvel (unmasked as Frank Morgan of Brooklyn) … Henry Kulkovich beat Pat Walsh … Frank
Doyle beat John Katan

Boston, MA: Wednesday, November 14, 1945
(Arena) … Dr. Len Hall vs Billy Hansen … Ivan Rasputin vs Gene Bowman … Bull
Curry vs Frank Marconi … Tom Casey vs Les Ruffin

Boston, MA: Tuesday, November 20, 1945
(Mechanics Building) … Henry Kulkovich beat Don Eagle (2-1) … Les Ryan beat Sam Gardner …
Pat Walsh beat Jack Trudeau (sub for Frank Morgan) … Frank Doyle drew Gus Johnson (20:00)

Boston, MA: Thursday, November 22, 1945
(Arena) … Ivan Rasputin beat John Grandovich (2-1) … Dr. Len Hall beat Lew Laird … Marvin
Westenberg drew Frank Marconi … Pantaleon Manlapig drew Gene Bowman

Boston, MA: Tuesday, November 27, 1945
(Mechanics Building) … Felix Miquet beat Pat Walsh (2-1) … Jack O’Brien and Jack Reid beat
Eddie Muise and Bull O’Reilly … Les Ryan beat Masked Marvel … Lloyd Stewart drew Frank Doyle
(20:00)

Boston, MA: Wednesday, November 28, 1945
(Arena) … Dr. Len Hall beat Ivan Rasputin (36:21) … Johnny Moochy beat Jim Wallis (2:21) (sub
for Manuel Cortez) … Tom Casey drew Chuck Montana (30:00) … Sal Balbo beat Tommy King (of
Cleveland OH)

Boston, MA: Tuesday, December 4, 1945
(Mechanics Building) … Les Ryan beat Lloyd Stewart (2-1) … Curley Lavoie drew Gus Johnson
(30:00) … Frank Morgan drew Frank Doyle (sub for Dick Stahl) … Alex Pappas and Jack Reid beat
Eddie Muise and Ray Lopez (sub for Marshall Muise)

Boston, MA: Wednesday, December 5, 1945
(Arena, att.-4,500) … (WTM) Frank Sexton* beat Dr. Len Hall (utc) … Bob Herman (later Hans
Hermann) beat Lewis Laird … John Grandovich drew Frank Marconi (20:00) … Sal Balbo drew
Tom Casey … NOTE: Hall won the first fall in 19:58. However he was unable to continue after
being hit in the head by a flying chair.

Boston, MA: Tuesday, December 11, 1945
(Mechanics Building) … (Billed for New England Light-heavyweight Title) Curley Lavoie beat Gus
Johnson (2-1, utc) … Lloyd Stewart beat Al House … Les Ryan beat Frank Morgan … Alex Pappas
beat Joe Dempsey (dq) (of Malden MA) … Al Taylor drew Phil Minichello (20:00) … NOTE: The
main event was stopped when Johnson suffered a cut artery in his left arm after crashing into a
ring post. He was rushed to the City Hospital.

Boston, MA: Thursday, December 13, 1945
(Arena) … (WTM) Frank Sexton* beat Ivan Rasputin (35:07) … Johnny Moochy beat Tiger Tasker
… Sal Balbo drew Jim Wallis (30:00) … John Grandovich beat Frank Judson … NOTE: Moochy’s
real name was Johnny Macciacciaro.

Boston, MA: Tuesday, December 18, 1945
(Mechanics Building) … Les Ryan beat Lloyd Stewart (2-0) (first by dq) … Allan Jacobson (of
Hartford CT) drew Frank Morgan (30:00) … Al Sidd drew Alex Pappas (20:00) … Jack O’Brien beat
Dutch Schmidt … Joe Dempsey vs Al Taylor

Boston, MA: Thursday, December 20, 1945
(Arena) … (WTM) Frank Sexton* beat Dr. Len Hall (2-0) (first by dq) … Referee: Jack Sharkey …
John Grandovich beat Frank Marconi … Stan Karolyi beat Sal Balbo … Bob Lortie drew Tom
Casey (20:00)

Boston, MA: Thursday, December 27, 1945
(Arena, att.-4,000) … Henri DeGlane beat John Grandovich (2-0) … Ivan Rasputin beat Ed McNeal
(sub for Pantaleon Manlapig) … Stan Karolyl beat Jim Wallis … Leo Numa drew Tiger Tasker (20:
00)

Don Luce Research from Boston Herald



Below is research by Tim Hornbaker

*Did not search between January 1, 1945 and January 5, 1945 due to a problem with the microfilm
reel.

Boston, Massachusetts:  Tuesday, January 9, 1945
(Mechanics Building) … Rudy Dusek b. Pat Walsh (2/3) … Jim Austeri b. Eddie Roxberg (16:00) …
Les Ryan and Richard Stahl drew (20:00) … Jim Austeri and Pat Walsh b. Rudy Dusek and Les
Ryan (team match) (2-0) (second fall by DQ) … (promoter:  Joe Alvarez) … (2,500 fans)
Note:  The Boston Globe on January 9, 1945 stated that Alvarez was making his debut at the
Mechanics Building “tonight.” Original matches booked, besides the Dusek-Walsh affair, were Tony
Gust vs. Al Mercier, Pat Schaeffer vs. Richard Stahl, Jim Austeri vs. Tony Colosano.  Stahl was
said to be from Milwaukee.

Boston, Massachusetts:  Wednesday, January 10, 1945
(Boston Arena) … Nanjo Singh b. Kay “Kayo” Bell (2-0) (second fall in 45 seconds) … Frank
Sexton b. The Cardiff Giant (22:52) … Zeus Wilcheski b. Jack Marshall (16:40) … Salvatore Balbo
and Tiger Tasker drew (20:00) … (promoter:  Paul Bowser) … (referee:  Tony Galento)

Boston, Massachusetts:  Tuesday, January 16, 1945
(Mechanics Building) … Rudy Dusek b. Jim Austeri (2/3) … Cliff “Swede” Olsen b. Pat Walsh (11:
15) (leglock) … Les Ryan b. Jack O’Brien (12:00) … Cliff Olsen and Les Ryan b. Jim Austeri and
Jack O’Brien (team match) (13:00) … (promoter:  Joe Alvarez) … (1,500 fans)
Note:  The preview in the Globe said that Cliff Olsen was “the wrestler who temporarily sent Yvon
Robert into retirement with a broken leg.”

Roxbury, Massachusetts:  Tuesday, January 16, 1945
(Intercolonial Hall) … “Wild” Bill Walters b. Pat Schaeffer (2/3) … Tony Gaudette and Gus Johnson
were both disqualified (22:00) … Charlie Diamond and Al Pappas drew (30:00) … Swede
Hogamson b. Farmer Mitchell (10:05) … (800 fans)

Boston, Massachusetts:  Wednesday, January 17, 1945
(Boston Arena) … Maurice Tillet b. Zeus Wilcheski (2/3) … Frank Sexton b. Ed “Strangler” White
(25:35) (piledriver) … George Linnehan and Jack Ross drew (20:00) … Thor Morgan b. Fred
Meyers (16:06) … (promoter:  Paul Bowser) … (3,000 fans)
Notes:  Sexton reportedly “came East after Christmas.” “Strangler” Ed White was a “former
Alabama Rose Bowl tackle.”

Boston, Massachusetts:  Tuesday, January 23, 1945
(Mechanics Building) … Cliff Olsen b. Pat McKay (2/3) (third fall in 55 seconds with a reverse
leglock) … Harry Finkelstein b. Sam Gardner (22:30) … Dick Stahl b. Andy Mexiner (10:15) … Les
Ryan b. Jack Smith (18:00) (flying tackle) … (promoter:  Joe Alvarez) … (2,500 fans)

Roxbury, Massachusetts:  Tuesday, January 23, 1945
(Intercolonial Hall) … Pat Schaeffer b. Tony Gaudette (2/3) … Giant McKaskill b. Al House …
Curley LaVoie b. Chief McArthy … Jack Harlan b. Phil Minichelli (DQ) (21:00) … (1,400 fans)

Boston, Massachusetts:  Wednesday, January 24, 1945
(Boston Arena) … Frank Sexton b. Thor Morgan (1-0) (24:07) (Morgan was unable to continue) …
Manuel Cortez and Leo Numa drew (20:00) … Salvatore Balbo b. George Linnehan (DQ) (14:34)
… The Phantom b. Jack Ross (14:30) … (promoter:  Paul Bowser) … (referee:  Steve Passas) …
(3,000 fans)

Boston, Massachusetts:  Wednesday, January 31, 1945
(Boston Arena) … Joe Savoldi b. George Linnehan (24:35) (dropkick) … Nanjo Singh b. Zeus
Wilcheski (24:31) (cobra hold) … Manuel Cortez and Bull Montana drew (30:00) … The Phantom
b. Jack Carter (8:03) … (promoter:  Paul Bowser) … (4,500 fans)

*On Tuesday, February 6, 1945, William Shaw McCallum, a Boston attorney, appeared at a
Legislative hearing at the State House  “in favor of a bill providing state control of wrestling by
changing the State Boxing Commission to a State Athletic Commission.” McCallum expressed
himself by saying that wrestling was “fraudulent and run for dishonest purposes.” He said it was all
an act, and that he’s “heard these things are rehearsed in a back room – you let me win in the
Garden and I will let you win in Springfield.” He also brought up trachoma: “I dare say 5 percent of
the percherons that wrestle in Massachusetts have it and don’t know it.” There was a comment that
the bill was directed at Bowser, and it was said that Bowser “gives more away to charity than the
state will make out of this proposal.  The wrestling business would not spport the expenses of state
control in the small towns.” A report was in the February 7, 1945 edition of the Boston Daily Globe.

Roxbury, Massachusetts:  Tuesday, February 6, 1945
(Intercolonial Hall) … Stanley Decker b. Gus Johnson (2/3) (third fall by DQ) … Wally Mitchell b.
Joe Dempsey (DQ) (18:10) .. Ralph Gilbert and Ray Solomon drew (30:00) … Don McCarthy and
Phil Minechello drew (20:00)

Boston, Massachusetts:  Wednesday, February 7, 1945
(Boston Garden) … “Duration” World Heavyweight Champion Sandor Szabo b. Nanjo Singh (2/3)
… Salvatore Balbo b. Fred Meyers (12:29) … Manuel Cortez b. Tiger Tasker (15:20) … Thor
Morgan and The Phantom drew (20:00) … Leo Numa and Frank Sexton drew (30:00) …
(promoter:  Paul Bowser) … (referee:  Jack Sharkey) … (benefit for the Infantile Paralysis Fund) …
(7,000 fans)
Notes:  The February 7 edition of the Boston Globe stated that Bowser is the only sports promoter
in the city who has, without fail, sponsored an event each year for the Infantile Fund.”  In Cliff
Keane’s report about the show in the February 8 Globe, he wrote that Bowser donated $1,000 to
the fund.  “Bowser’s gift brings his total charitable contributions to over $100,000 over the past 10
years.  And McCallum, who recently praised the pachyderm offerings of the late George Tuohey,
might take cognizance of the fact that Bowser supported McCallum’s idol in his dotage, along with
Tuohey’s widow, following his death.”

Roxbury, Massachusetts:  Tuesday, February 13, 1945
(Intercolonial Hall) … Pat Schaeffer b. Gus Johnson (2-0) … Lou Minichelli b. Eddie Muish (9:05)
… Al House b. Ralph Gilman (10:20) … Tony Gaudette b. Wally Mitchell (27:07) … (large crowd)
Notes:  Giant McKaskill, originally booked to face Schaeffer, was said to be from Nova Scotia and
Schaeffer was from Southern California.  Gaudette was from New Brunswick and Johnson was
billed as being from Lowell.  Gaudette was originally matched up with Johnson.

Boston, Massachusetts:  Wednesday, February 14, 1945
(Boston Arena) … Frank Sexton b. Leo Numa (1:07:19) (head-scissors and body press) … The
Phantom b. Jack LaRue (6:22) … Abe Zvonkin b. Jim Wallis (16:35) … Salvatore Balbo and Les
Ruffin drew (15:00) … (promoter:  Paul Bowser)
Note:  Phantom was still undefeated.

Boston, Massachusetts:  Wednesday, February 21, 1945
(Boston Arena) … Frank Sexton b. Nanjo Singh (2/3) (first fall by DQ) … Salvatore Balbo b. Tony
Jordan (14:07) (Jordan was a substitute for Jack Carter) … Ed “Strangler” White and Abe Zvonkin
drew (20:00) … Zeus Wilcheski b. The Phantom (DQ) … (promoter:  Paul Bowser) … (referees:  
Donnell, Steve Passas) … (6,000 fans) (largest of the season  at the Arena)

Boston, Massachusetts:  Tuesday, February 27, 1945
(Mechanics Building) … Cliff Olsen b. Abe Yourist (2-0) (Yourist was unable to continue after 15
seconds of the second fall) … Dick Stahl b. Pat McKay (DQ) (21:00) … Sam Gardner and Jack O’
Brien drew … Harry Finkelstein and Les Ryan drew (20:00) … (promoter:  Joe Alvarez)

Roxbury, Massachusetts:  Tuesday, February 27, 1945
(Intercolonial Hall) … John Koski b. Wally Mitchell (2/3) … Dick Marquis b. Sailor Gallant (DQ) …
Charlie Diamond and Curley Lavoie drew (30:00) … Don MacArthy b. Bill Ruffin (12:10) … (large
crowd)

Boston, Massachusetts:  Wednesday, February 28, 1945
(Boston Arena) … “Duration” World Heavyweight Champion Sandor Szabo b. Lewis Laird (2/3)
(Laird was a substitute for Thor Morgan, who was out for “two weeks” with a leg injury) … Salvatore
Balbo and Tiger Tasker drew (20:00) … Leo Numa b. Ed “Strangler” White (14:08) … Manuel
Cortez b. The Masked Phantom (DQ) (16:35) … (promoter:  Paul Bowser) … (referee:  Donnell) …
(5,000 fans)
Notes:  Morgan was said to be a former Marine.  Laird was from Texas and weighed 290 pounds.

Boston, Massachusetts:  Tuesday, March 6, 1945
(Mechanics Building) … Pat McKay b. Dick Stahl (2/3) … Elmer Estep b. Pat Walsh (12:05) …
Harry Finkelstein b. Jack O’Brien … Pete Tata b. Sam Gardner … (promoter:  Joe Alvarez) …
(2,400 fans)
Notes:  Finkelstein was from Chelsea and Tata from Revere.  Walsh was called the “Irish Angel.”

Roxbury, Massachusetts:  Tuesday, March 6, 1945
(Intercolonial Hall) … Tony Gaudette b. The Masked Monster (2/3) (third fall by forfeit) … Gus
Johnson and Phil Minichello drew (45:00) … Al Pappas b. Dick Marquis (14:30) … Don MacCarthy
and Jack Sandville drew (30:00)

Boston, Massachusetts:  Wednesday, March 7, 1945
(Boston Arena) … World Heavyweight Champion Steve “Crusher” Casey b. Maurice Tillet (2/3) …
Salvatore Balbo and Jim Wallis drew (20:00) … Pat Schaeffer b. Fred Bruno (13:36) … Babe
Sharkey b. Zeus Wilcheski (22:09) (Wilcheski was unable to continue) … (promoter:  Paul Bowser)
… (benefit for the Postal Employees chapter of the Disabled American Veterans) … (6,500 fans)
Notes:  Casey was said to be “absent for two years from the Boston mat.” He was “recently
discharged from the service” after a major operation.  Wilcheski was a “former B.C. gridiron star.”

Boston, Massachusetts:  Tuesday, March 13, 1945
(Mechanics Building) … Elmer “The Great” Estep b. Pat McKay (2-0) … Cliff Olson b. Mike Dimitri
(17:50) … Frank Doyle and Freddie Moran drew (20:00) … Richard Stahl and Pete Tata drew (20:
00) … (promoter:  Joe Alvarez) … (2,000 fans)

Roxbury, Massachusetts:  Tuesday, March 13, 1945
(Intercolonial Hall) .. Stanley Decker b. Gus Johnson (2/3) … Al Pappas b. Wally Mitchell (DQ) …
Phil Minichello b. Jack Sandville … Dick Marquis and Bill O’Reilly drew (20:00)
Notes:  Decker was from Philadelpia, Johnson from Lowell, and Mitchell was from Lawrence.

Boston, Massachusetts:  Wednesday, March 14, 1945
(Boston Arena) … “Duration” World Heavyweight Champion Sandor Szabo and Frank Sexton drew
(90:00) (1-1) (Szabo won the first fall in 50:24 and Sexton took the second in 13:36) … Tom Rice
b. Tiger Tasker (DQ) … Manuel Cortez and Pat Schaeffer drew (20:00) … Lewie Laird b. Andy
Mexiner (5:24) … (promoter:  Paul Bowser) … (referee:  Passas) … (6,500 fans)
Notes:  Lew Laird “surived a terrific explosion over in New Guinea while serving with the Army
Engineers,” according to the Boston Globe.  Both Szabo and Sexton were said to be undefeated
“this year.”

Boston, Massachustts:  Tuesday, March 20, 1945
(Mechanics Building) … Elmer Estep b. Vic Christy (2-0) … Cliff Olson b. Jack Smith (16:00) …
Frank Doyle b Jack O’Brien … Stewart Spears b. Roy DeLong … (promoter:  Joe Alvarez) …
(2,300 fans)
Notes:  Smith was said to be from Chicago, Doyle from East Boston, and Spears from Jamaica
Plain.  O’Brien was from Chelsea.

Roxbury, Massachusetts:  Tuesday, March 20, 1945
(Intercolonial Hall) ... Phil Minichello b. Jack O’Reilly (2-0) … Gus Johnson b. Jack Sandville (43:07)
… The Masked Marvel b. Ralph Gilman (DQ) … (800 fans)

Boston, Massachusetts:  Wednesday, March 21, 1945
(Boston Arena) … “Duration” World Heavyweight Champion Sandor Szabo b. Frank Sexton (1:15:
51) (one-fall match) … Leo Numa and Ivan Rasputin drew (20:00) … Lewis Laird b. Ed “Strangler”
White (11:26) … Babe Sharkey b. Angelo Savoldi (12:05) … (promoter:  Paul Bowser) … (referee:  
Jack Sharkey) … (6,200 fans)
Notes:  Laird “recently returned from 32 months overseas.” There was no time-limit for the main
event this time around.

Boston, Massachusetts:  Tuesday, March 27, 1945
(Mechanics Building) … Cliff Olson and Yvon Robert were both disqualified in the third fall (1-1) …
Dick Stahl b. Pat Walsh (12:55) … Frank Doyle and Les Ryan drew (20:00) … Arthur LeGrand b.
Harry Finkelstein (DQ) (15:00) … (promoter:  Joe Alvarez) … (referee:  Freddie Moran) … (3,000
fans)

Roxbury, Massachusetts:  Tuesday, March 27, 1945
(Intercolonial Hall) … Don MacArthy b. Phil Minichello (2/3) … Phil Ruffin b. Al Muise (25:07) …
Dick Marquis b. Jack Sandville (27:17) … Jack Read b. Eddie Muise (12:13) … (800 fans)
Note:  MacArthy was a black wrestler from “South End.”

Boston, Massachusetts:  Wednesday, March 28, 1945
(Boston Arena) … Frank Sexton b. Nanjo Singh (2-0) (first fall by DQ) … Les Ruffin b. Ted
Germaine (DQ) … Lewie Laird b. Abe Zvonkin (5:54) … Salvatore Balbo and Manuel Cortez drew
(30:00) … (promoter:  Paul Bowser) … (referees:  Ben Mackulin, Passas) … (4,000 fans)
Notes:  Les Ruffin was said to be from Lawrence and Zvonkin from McGill University.  Balbo was
from Quincy and Germaine from South Boston.  A ringside fan named John Garron of Gloucester
was “stricken” and died on the way to a nearby hospital.

Boston, Massachusetts:  Tuesday, April 3, 1945
(Mechanics Building) … Cliff Olson b. Dick Stahl (2/3) … Frank Doyle b. Harry Finkelstein (DQ) (22:
30) … Freddie Moran and Stewart Spears drew (20:00) … Les Ryan and Pete Tata drew (20:00)
… (promoter:  Joe Alvarez)

Roxbury, Massachusetts:  Tuesday, April 3, 1945
(Intercolonial Hall) … Gus Johnson b. Phil Ruffin (2/3) … Jack Sandville b. Don MacArthy, Ralph
Gilman and Muise (22:00) … Walter Amery and Jack Reid drew (20:00)

Boston, Massachusetts:  Wednesday, April 4, 1945
(Boston Garden) … Steve “Crusher” Casey b. Sandor Szabo to unify his claim to the World
Heavyweight Title with the latter’s “Duration” World Title (1:00:05) … Leo Numa and Babe Sharkey
drew (30:00) … Manuel Cortez and Bull Curry drew (20:00) … Lewis Laird b. Dr. Freddie Meyers
… Salvatore Balbo b. Ted Germaine (DQ) (12:00) … (promoter:  Paul Bowser) … (referee:  Babe
Ruth) … (6,500 fans)
Notes:  Babe Ruth was making his first appearance in Boston in two years.  “The event may
instigate a career of grapple refereeing by the Babe.  He is not entirely unfamilar with either the
jargon or the duties of a grappling referee.  His first meeting with promoter Paul Bowser was in this
role when, about 22 years ago, he was arbiter of Bowser’s match with Joe Turner for the world
middleweight title in Florida,” according to the Boston Globe (4/1/45).  He was going to arrive in
Boston on Monday and meet with Governor Maurice Tobin, “an old personal friend.” He was also
going to visit Chelsea Naval and Waltham Army Hospitals to spend time with injured soldiers.  “The
largest throng to watch the gyrations of the grapplers in Boston since the glory days of
Sonnenberg and O’Mahoney” was predicated, and Ruth was said to be the driving force more than
the wrestlers themselves.  A disappointing 6,500 turned out to see the program.  Casey was called
the “recognized world champion.  When he went into the Army two years ago, his title was put way
in camphor, and Bowser instigated a series of bouts to determine a ‘duration’ champion.  Szabo
topped this series.” Although Casey had returned to the wrestling landscape, “Szabo now refuses
to yield his ‘duration’ title.” Ruth wore a New York Yankees jersey while officiating, and when the
bout was over, he was said to have been “entirely spent,” with sweat pouring from his “brow.”  Clif
Keane of the Globe said that Ruth did a “thoroughly competent job” as a referee, and that he was
very physical in the ring.  Ruth said that he was going to have to think hard whether he’d referee
again because it was “awful hard work.”

Roxbury, Massachusetts:  Tuesday, April 10, 1945
(Intercolonial Hall) … Wally Mitchell b. Bill O’Reilly (2/3) … Kenny McLeod b. Ed Morse (19:20) …
Al Pappas b. Jack Sandville in the finals of a battle royal (29:18)

Boston, Massachusetts:  Wednesday, April 11, 1945
(Boston Arena) … Frank Sexton b. The Masked Phantom (2/3) (Phantom was unmasked to reveal
Don Evans) … Ted Germaine b. Walter Lipson … Lewis Laird b. Jack Marshall … Leo Numa b. Pat
Schaeffer … (promoter:  Paul Bowser) … (referee:  Jack Sharkey) … (5,500 fans)

Boston, Massachusetts:  Tuesday, April 17, 1945
(Mechanics Building) … Yvon Robert b. Cliff Olson (2-0) … Pete Tata b. Sam Gardner (14:35) …
Les Ryan b. Jim Spencer (15:00) … Jack O’Brien and Bill O’Reilly b. Freddie Moran and Eddie
Muise (team match) … (promoter:  Joe Alvarez) … (referee:  Bill Doane, “Marine Judo expert” – for
main event)

Roxbury, Massachusetts:  Tuesday, April 17, 1945
(Intercolonial Hall) … Gus Johnson b. Phil Minichello (2/3) … Al Pappas b. Don MacArthy, Jack
Sandville and Walter Emery in a battle royal … Jack Reid and Phil Ruffin drew

Boston, Massachusetts:  Wednesday, April 18, 1945
(Boston Arena) … Sandor Szabo b. Lewis Laird (2/3) … Chief Osley Sanooke b. Leo Numa … Dr.
Freddie Meyers and Nick Valley drew (20:00) … George Mansor and Jim Wallace drew (20:00) …
(promoter:  Paul Bowser) … (4,000 fans)
Note:  Szabo “lost the [world] title to Casey three weeks ago,” according to the Boston Globe.

Boston, Massachusetts:  Tuesday, April 24, 1945
(Mechanics Building) … Al Mercier b. Jim Spencer (23) … Dick Stahl b. Tony Gaudette (9:45) …
Frank Doyle b. Freddie Moran (DQ) … Eddie and Marshall Muise b. Stewart Spears and Bull
Walton (2/3) (team match) … (promoer:  Joe Alvarez)

Roxbury, Massachusetts:  Tuesday, April 24, 1945
(Intercolonial Hall) … Wally Mitchell vs. “Wild” Bill O’Reilly … Battle Royal (participants: Don
McArthy, Kennethy McLeod, Jack Reid and Phil Ruffin) … John Ferguson vs. Clifford Smith

Boston, Massachusetts:  Wednesday, April 25, 1945
(Boston Arena) … Sandor Szabo b. Steve Casey to capture the World Heavyweight Title (2/3)
(Szabo won the first fall in 38:27, Caesy took the second in 17:12, Szabo won the third in 10:29) …
Manuel Cortez b. Andy Meixner (14:56) … Salvatore Balbo and Ed McNeal drew (20:00) … Chief
Osley Saunooke b. Jack Bradley (8:32) … (promoter:  Paul Bowser) … (6,500 fans)

Roxbury, Massachusetts:  Tuesday, May 1, 1945
(Intercolonial Hall) … Tony Gaudette b. The Masked Marvel (Monster) (2/3) … Don MacArthy b.
Jack Sandville … Dick Marcus (Marquis) and Jack Reed (Reid) drew (30:00) … Ralph Gilman b.
Walter Emery … (900 fans)
Note:  Marvel was unmasked to reveal Al House.

Boston, Massachusetts:  Wednesday, May 2, 1945
(Boston Arena) … Frank Sexton b. Sandor Szabo to capture the World Heavyweight Title (1:11:09)
… Chief Saunooke b. Lewis Laird (17:52) … Leo Numa and Tiger Tasker drew (20:00) … Ed
McNeil and Pat Schaeffer drew (20:00) … (promoter:  Paul Bowser) … (6,500 fans)
Note:  The Boston Daily Globe indicated that the main event finish was a “genuine surprise” to the
audience.

Roxbury, Massachusetts:  Tuesday, May 8, 1945
(Intercolonial Hall) … Phil Minichello b. Gus Johnson (2/3) … Don McArthy and Al Roberts drew (45:
00) .. Jack Reid b. Freddie Muise (21:10) … John Ferguson and Cliff Smith drew (20:00) … (900
fans)

Boston, Massachusetts:  Wednesday, May 9, 1945
(Boston Arena) … Steve Casey b. Osley Saunooke (2-0) … Manuel Cortez b. Ed McNeil (24:53) …
Sal Balbo and Tiger Tasker drew (20:00) … Pat Schaeffer b. Jim Wallace (13:31) … (promoter:  
Paul Bowser) … (4,500 fans)

Roxbury, Massachusetts:  Tuesday, May 15, 1945
(Intercolonial Hall) … Wrestle Royal … Show featured Al Pappas
Note:  Pappas was called a Buffalo, New York school teacher.

Boston, Massachusetts:  Wednesday, May 16, 1945
(Boston Arena) … World Heavyweight Champion Frank Sexton and Steve Casey drew (no falls) …
Sal Balbo and Ted Germaine drew (20:00) … Leo Numa b. Andy Meixner (8:16) … Lewie Laird b.
Charlie Harben (11:13) … (promoter:  Paul Bowser) … (6,000 fans)

Boston, Massachusetts:  Wednesday, May 23, 1945
(Boston Arena) … Steve Casey b. Sandor Szabo (1-0) (Szabo was unable to continue due to a
“badly damaged eye”) (Casey won the first fall in 40:49) … Lewie Laird vs. Pat Schaeffer …
Charlie Diamond vs. Ted Germaine … Winn Roberts vs. Tiger Tasker … (promoter:  Paul Bowser)
… (4,800 fans)
Note:  Publicity stated that the winner of the main event would wrestle champion Frank Sexton.

Boston, Massachusetts:  Wednesday, May 30, 1945
(Boston Arena) … World Heavyweight Champion Frank Sexton and Sandor Szabo drew (1-1)
(Szabo won the first fall in 47:04, Sexton won the second in 12:08) … Manuel Cortez b. “Silent”
Pedro Gomez … Babe Sharkey b. Jack Marshall … Chief Osley Saunooke b. Pat Schaeffer …
(promoter:  Paul Bowser) … (5,000 fans)
Notes:  The loser of last week’s match, instead of the winner, received the title shot here.  Sexton
was reportedly the 7-5 favorite, “unusually close odds,” according to the Boston Daily Globe.

Boston, Massachusetts:  Wednesday, June 6, 1945
(Boston Arena) … Steve Casey b. Frank Sexton to capture the World Heavyweight Title (2/3)
(Sexton won the first fall in 19:26, Casey took the second in 12:41, and during the third fall, both
men fell to the floor, and Casey returned first at the 13-minute mark) (the referee was said to have
counted to 14 “while Sexton was still outside the ropes”) … Al Staples and Tiger Tasker drew (20:
00) … Chief Saunooke b. Charlie Harben (9:21) … Lewis Laird b. George Manson (15:21) …
(promoter:  Paul Bowser) … (referee:  Steve Passas)

Roxbury, Massachusetts:  Tuesday, June 12, 1945
(Intercolonial Hall) … Phil Minichello b. Gus Johnson … Jack Reed and Bob Walton drew … Swede
Hogenson and Eddie Muise drew … Ed Edwards b. Gus Smith (DQ) … (950 fans)

Boston, Massachusetts:  Wednesday, June 13, 1945
(The Arena) … World Heavyweight Champion Steve Casey vs. Lew Laird … Chief Osley Saunooke
vs. Frank Sexton … George Mansor vs. Leo Numa … Sal Balbo vs. Walter Lipson … (promoter:  
Paul Bowser)

Boston, Massachusetts:  Wednesday, June 20, 1945
(The Arena) … World Heavyweight Champion Steve Casey b. Frank Sexton (match went over an
hour) (one-fall) … Ted Germaine and The Great Mephisto drew (30:00) … Pat Schaeffer b.
George Mansor (14:02) … Ed McNeil and Fred Myers drew (20:00) … (promoter:  Paul Bowser) …
(referee:  Joe Santos)
Note:  During the main event, referee Santos was knocked from the ring.

Boston, Massachusetts:  Wednesday, June 27, 1945
(The Arena) … World Heavyweight Champion Steve Casey vs. Frank Sexton … Sal Balbo vs. The
Great Mephisto … Lew Laird vs. Pat Schaeffer … Dr. Freddie Meyer vs. Al Staples … Phil Badger
and Al Gastoldi were going to provide an exhibition of judo … (promoter:  Paul Bowser) …
(referee:  Marvin Westenberg)
Notes:  Casey was defending his “$10,000 diamond-studded heavyweight championship belt.”
Referees Steve Passas and Leon Burbank were going to be available to assist Westenberg in the
main event.  The Boston Globe, in its June 27 paper, stated that this show had the “heaviest
advance sale in the history of wrestling at the Arena.” There were no results for this show in the
Boston Globe.  Last show of the season.


Research by Tim Hornbaker
Boston Wrestling Results - 1945