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Since only about four months are related to the Texas territories, I thought I'd post the whole year separately. I've gotten to be pretty familiar with the names of the workers of the era and Tucson had some folks I've never heard of.

There was a brief attempt to run opposition, but it didn't even get off the ground. Weak, weak drawing town at this point, though the coming years would be better.

Promoters: Duke Kotsonaros, Lefty Mofford, Duke Kotsonaros, Sam Menacker

January 3, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
No card

January 10, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
Bud Curtis d. Bob Kennison (2-1)
Pat Murphy d. Juan Olivas (2-1)
Masked Cowboy d. George Craig

Murphy subbed for Paavo Ketonen

January 17, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
Chief Lone Eagle d. Bud Curtis (2-1)
Masked Cowboy d. Pat Murphy (2-1)
Stan Kasabowski d. Bob Corby

January 24, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
Chester Hayes d. Ray Meyers (2-1)
Bud Curtis d. Pat Murphy (2-1)
Stan Kasabowski d. (DQ) Masked Cowboy

Meyers subbed for Chief Lone Eagle, who was injured January 23 in a Los Angeles match

January 31, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
Terry McGinnis vs. Chester Hayes
Stan Kasabowski vs. Masked Cowboy
Johnny Valentine vs. Tjarlas Morales

No results found

February 7, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
Chester Hayes vs. Danny Savich
Harliss Morales vs. John Cretoria
Masked Cowboy vs. Cliff Olsen

No results found

February 14, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
Masked Cowboy d. (COR) Chester Hayes (1-0, Hayes unable to continue for second fall)
Carlos Morales d. Johnny DeMarco (2-0)
Danny Savich d. Mel Peters

February 21, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
Danny Savich d. (DQ) Masked Cowboy (2-1)
Mel Peters d. Carlos Morales (2-1)
Angelo Martinelli drew Benny Truesdale
Ray Garcia drew Ed Nowell

Masked Cowboy unmasked as Sammy Duchek

February 28, 1950 Tucson, AZ (San Agustin Arena)
Card canceled when promoter Barney Armstrong sees his attendance is going to be minuscule.

Scheduled matches:
Jesse James vs. Mel Peters
Chief Little Wolf vs. Danny Savich
Tommy Truesdale vs. Angelo Martinelli

February 28, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center) 1,132
Masked Marvelette d. (COR) Lita Lopez (2-1)
Mr. X d. Harold Barnes
Manny Carrillo drew Joe Garcia

March 7, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
Duke Kostanors vs. George Steele
Mr. X vs. Manny Carrillo
Harold Barnes/Manny Carrillo vs. Jose Garcia/Ed Nowell

No results found

March 14, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
No card because of a religious revival in the Sports Center

March 21, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
No card

March 28, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
Pat Fraley vs. Chief Little Wolf
Jim Wright vs. Lupe Fernandez
Robert Nixon vs. John Paulos

Lefty Mofford replaces Kostanaros as promoter. No results found

April 4, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
Mel Peters vs. Chief Little Wolf
Lupe Fernandez vs. Benny Trudell
Robert Nixon vs. Bob Kennison

No results found

April 11, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
Nell Stewart d. Carol Cook (2-0)
Mel Peters d. Lupe Fernandes (2-1)
Terry McGinnis d. Hal Keene

April 18, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
Terry McGinnis d. Mel Peters (0-1, Peters unable to continue

because of a cut in the second fall)
Babe Sharkey d. Angelo Martinelli (2-0)
Bob Kennison d. John Paulos

"Some opined McGinnis' fist did the work and others figured it was from a shoe thrown into the ring by a staunch feminine rooter."

April 25, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
Mel Peters d. Terry McGinnis (2-0)
Hal Keene d. Lupe Fernandez (2-0)
Bob Kennison d. Dale Collier

May 2, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
Mel Peters d. John Swenski (2-0)
Terry McGinnis d. (DQ) Hal Keene
Bob Kennison d. Willie Bell

May 9, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
No card

May 16, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center) 1,300
Farmer Jones d. Mel Peters
June Byers d. Lilly Bitters (2-1)
Mars Bennett d. Millie Stafford (2-0)
Mel Peters d. Terry McGinnis (McGinnis unable to continue)

Bennett subbed for Helen Hild and Peters subbed for Bob Kennison against Jones. Jones' pig is named John. Paper declares he has more showmanship than Gorgeous George.

May 23, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
Probably no card

May 30, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
No card

June 6, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
No cord

June 13, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
Card initially scheduled, but canceled

Kotsonaros takes over as promoter again

June 20, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
Billy Marino d. Ed Nowell (2nd round, boxer v. wrestler)
Ed Nowell d. Harold Barnes (determines who faces Marino)
Harold Barnes d. Manny Carrillo

June 23, 1950 Globe, AZ
Jim Londos d. Lefty Mofford (1-0, Mofford unable to continue)
Ed Nowell drew Harold Barnes

Combo boxing and wrestling

June 27, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
No card found

July 4, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
Probably no card as Duke Kotsonaros has moved to Phoenix to start actively wrestling again

July 11, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center) 1,480 paid
Clara Mortensen d. Wanda Crellin (2-1)
Lindy Lawrence d. Jacque LaMonte (2-0)
Rita Martinez d. Meria Bernardi
Lynn O'Connor d. June Adair

"Hollywood camermen will be on hand at the Tucson Sports center tomorrow night to photog action shots of the all-women wrestling card for movie shorts and television." Skibo McKay, Tucson Daily Citizen, July 10, 1950

August 22, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
Harry Monty d. Billy Curtis (2-1, midgets)
Mike London d. Bobby Coleman (2-1)
Sam Menacker d. Leon Kirilenko (2-1)

Return of weekly wrestling cards

August 29, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
Harry Monty/George Spotts vs. Billy Curtis/Jerry Maren (midgets)
Mike London vs. Alberto Alvarez
Bobby Coleman vs. Leon Kirilenko

Page errors for August 30 edition

September 5, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
Ramon Del Rio/Leon Kirilenko d. Alberto Alvarez/Bobby Coleman
Ray Garcia d. (DQ) Manuel Mesista (2-1)

Del Rio subbed for Mike London

September 12, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
Leon Kirilenko d. (DQ) Tony Olivas (2-1)
Tony Falletti d. Bobby Coleman (2-0)
Manuel Garcia d. Roger Mackay

September 19, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center) about 1,000
Lilly Bitters d. Millie Stafford (2-1)
Tommy Martindale d. Leon Kirilenko (2-1)
Roger Mackay drew Tony Falletti
Alex Kasaboski drew Billy Weidner

Martindale subbed for Tony Olivas. Starting next week, cards will be on Wednesdays.

September 27, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center) about 400
Gorilla Ramos d. Alex Kasaboski (2-1)
Roger Mackay drew Tommy Martindale (1-1, double knockout)
Billy Weidner d. (DQ) Tony Falletti

October 4, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
Gorilla Ramos d. (DQ) Tony Falletti (2-0)
Roger Mackay d. Tommy Martindale (2-1)
Alex Kasaboski d. Billy Weidner

October 11, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
Mildred Burke (world champ) d. Ann Laverne (2-0)
Gorilla Ramos d. Gene Blackley (2-1)
Roger Mackay d. Alex Kasaboski
Tony Falletti drew Jack O'Reilly

October 18, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
Roger Mackay d. George Temple
Manuel Muniz drew Tony Falletti
Manuel Garcia d. (DQ) A. Martinez

Martinez was not on the original card and his full name is not known.

October 25, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
Roger Mackay d. Charlie Martinez (2-1)
Tony Falletti d. Manuel Muniz (2-1)
Manuel Misiesti drew Ramon Del Rio

November 1, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center) 600
Gorgeous Gus d. Don Keene
Roger Mackay d. Jack O'Reilly (2-1)
Tony Falletti d. Billy Fox

November 8, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
Don Keene/Roger Mackay d. Tony Falletti/Monte LaDue (2-0)
Jack O'Reilly d. Manuel Muniz (2-0)

November 15, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center) about 300
Al Williams d. Roger Mackay (2-1)
Don Keene d. Monte LaDue
Jack O'Reilly drew Tony Falletti

November 22, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
Al Williams d. (COR) Black Guzman (2-1)
Don Keene d. Roger Mackay (2-0)
Rod Fenton d. Jack O'Reilly

November 29, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center) about 250
Enrique Torres d. Al Williams (2-1)
Zebra Kid d. Don Keene (1-0, Keene unable to return for second fall)
Rod Fenton d. Tony Falletti

Keene said to have torn ligaments in his shoulder after falling from the ring

December 6, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
Monte LaDue d. Salvadore Flores (2-1)
Al Williams d. Don Keene
Tony Falletti d. Jack O'Reilly

December 13, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center) about 150
Don Keene d. Salvadore Flores (2-1)
Al Williams d. Alex Kasaboski (2-0)
Monte LaDue d. Bob DeMarce

December 20, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center) over 1,000
Al Williams no contest Sam Menacker (1-1)
Lilly Bitters/Cora Comba d. Beverly Lehmer/Ann Stanley (2-1)
Mike London d. Tony Falletti (1-0, Falletti unable to continue for second fall)

Fan cuts Williams open after hitting him with a chair.

December 27, 1950 Tucson, AZ (Sports Center)
No card

Last edited on Sun Oct 25th, 2009 05:30 am by Hammer to Fall



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I've been coming across Smilin Bud Curtis and Honest John Cretoria a bit in Northern California during the mid to late 1950s. Neither one would be considered a star at that point but they are names I recognize.

Good find on that Johnny Valentine listing.



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