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 Posted: Sat Jun 19th, 2021 04:24 am
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One Fan Gang

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11/29/29          St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre-10:30pm

John Freberg vs. George Petroff

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DISCLAIMER:  The year and location is complete speculation but there were two Palace theatres in Minneapolis and St. Paul, with this one being known for having wrestling bouts.   Didn't find anything on Petroff and Freberg was all over in the 20s and 30s.  They tore the St. Paul building down in 1953 but the Mpls version has been renovated as of about 5 years ago and has stood for over 100 years.

Here's an article from the Star-Tribune in 2017 which includes the anecdote below:

"As the theater aged, its attractions grew ever gamier, and by the mid-1930s it had become a popular venue for wrestling. In what probably does not rank as one of civilization’s great moments, the theater in September 1938 offered “the first ice cream wrestling bout to be presented anywhere,” according to the Minneapolis Star.This epic encounter pitted Roughhouse Ross against Jumping Joe Reno in “a side-boarded ring” filled with 250 gallons of ice cream. It’s not known what flavor of ice cream was used or who won the match, but a crew from Universal Newsreel was supposedly on hand to film the slippery action."

Last edited on Sat Jun 19th, 2021 04:26 am by One Fan Gang