|Photo courtesy of Conrad Thompson|
The late Bill Lewis, promoter from Richmond,VA is credited with bringing George and Bobby Becker to Virginia and the Carolina's in 1951. They were extremely popular, so much so that sometime during their time as a team here (1951-1954),the Mayor of Charlotte, Victor Shaw, presented them with the keys to the Queen City.
They feuded with Al and John Smith, Ernie and Emil Dusek, Hans Schnabel and Mr. Moto, Freddie Blassie and Billy McDaniels and many others.
The story about Bobby Becker dying in the ring is a myth. He wrestled his last match in Nov. 1954 in
Greenville SC. No one in the wrestling business knew that he had been sick except George. Bobby Becker passed away on Thanksgiving day 1954 in a New York hospital. This was two weeks after his last match.
Did a chapter on the Beckers in our book on tag teams. I spent nine months trying to find a surviving relative of Bobby (John Emmerling, also wrestled as Ray Schwartz) without luck.
As Carroll noted, he died of leukemia and it came on very quickly. Lewis tried to get to NY to see Bobby before he died but did not make it in time. Box office gold in the early days of tag teams, not just here but also in California.
|Graphic courtesy Mike Cline / Mid-Atlantic Grapplin' Greats|
|Memories of Texas Stadium 1984:|
Ring jacket, replica belt, texas flag, and yellow roses.
|Igor bearhugs Masked Superstar|
|NWA World Tag Team Champions Gene and Ole Anderson with host Bob Caudle|
|Mighty Igor cover|
Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Magazine
|The Masked Superstar and Kim Duk |
with manager Boris Malenko
|Jim Crockett Memorial Park|
|The Greensboro newspaper reports on both the Crockett Ballpark fire and the results of Silver Star '85|
|The Masked Avenger (Bill Janosik Photo)|