Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History - 1897

By: Karl Stern (@wiwcool)

Much of the text of this entry comes from issue 82 of the DragonKing Press Newsletter available as a downloadable .pdf in the digital downloads section.


1897 (unspecified): The Allen & Ginters Tobacco company releases sports cards featuring various athletes. The wrestlers included in the set were: Joe Acton, William Muldoon, Thiebaud Bauer, James H. McLaughlin, John McMahon, and Young Bibby. Baseball players, oarsmen, boxers, rifleists, and pool players are also featured.

01-02-1897: Jim Londos (Chris Theopelos) is born in Argos, Greece.

03-16-1897: Farmer Burns fails to throw Tom Jenkins in a match in Cleveland, OH.

08-28-1897: Evan “Strangler” Lewis defeats Tom Clayton in London, England for the “world championship”.

10-26-1897: Dan McLeod defeats Farmer Burns in Indianapolis, IN for the American title.

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William Muldoon Allen & Ginter’s Tobacco Card

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