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 Posted: Sat Mar 14th, 2015 02:49 pm
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Excellent work on this Fantasmagori.

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 Posted: Sun Mar 15th, 2015 12:04 pm
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Now I'm really curious about the Tex Hager office. I've always thought he promoted wrestling until late 1959 or early 1960, but it seems it might have closed up shop alot earlier.

Tex Hager's Tri-State Sports, Inc was incorporated on June 2, 1953. He had already been promoting for at least four years at that point, and these late incorporations are not unusual in wrestling. What surprises me is that the company was forfeited on November 30, 1956.
Add to that, that there is hardly any mention of Hager in any paper past April 1956 outside some ballyhoo for a few boxing events.

@ Matt Farmer: Do you know how long Hager continued as booker for the Washington cities? Is it possible, that by mid- or late 1956, those cities was booked through the Vancouver and/or Portland offices? I know Hager held the promotional licenses for Seattle, Everett, Bellingham, Spokane or the Tri-Cities at least through 1957, but is it out of the question, that he no longer provided his own talent?

In the early '60s, Hager was promoting in Nevada for Malcewicz' San Francisco office, and by that time he seemed far removed from his booking days.

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 Posted: Sun Mar 15th, 2015 11:50 pm
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I'm not sure on the exact years. I've been talking about this very subject with Dean Silverstone recently. It was Tex Porter who held the licenses in much of the cities on the West side of Washington. But they were partners as well.

It's hard to figure out at times because even if on paper it was not "their town", in reality it was. Like with Don Owen he did not carry the license in all of his towns but they were his towns. Even at times when someone like Hat Freeman held the license in Spokane it was still Tex Hager's town.

Recently I was loaned a booking ledger for Tex Porter out of the Seattle office. The ledger is from the early 50's and it lists towns every night of the week he booked wrestlers out to. Some of these were his towns or guys he booked into other towns.



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 Posted: Sat Apr 4th, 2015 12:45 pm
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1957 added which finishes up the decade.

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