This historic collection explores the origins of mixed martial arts and professional wrestling in the United States and features profiles of more than 30 mat stars of the era, wrestling in art, over 100 antique photos and more.
There is perhaps no sport more primitive or more widely dispersed than wrestling. In its early days, many of the pros were Civil War soldiers who wrestled in camps, while others were lumberjacks, miners, and railroad men.
In Pioneers of Professional Wrestling, author Tim Corvin takes a look at how mixed martial arts and today’s professional wresting began. He provides insight into this competitive, hand-to-hand combat sport from 1860 through 1899 by
delving into the sport’s history;
discussing the evolution of professional wrestling;
describing the various wresting styles; and
offering biographies of the sports’ pioneers.
A reference guide on the origins of mixed martial arts and professional wrestling, This book contains detailed listings of all available match results, newspaper clippings, tobacco cards, lithographs, and many fun facts, such as:
Abraham Lincoln was one of the American frontier’s fiercest grapplers
William Muldoon and Clarence Whistler wrestled to a 7+ hour draw
Farmer Burns had such a strong neck that he could drop six feet on a hangman’s noose to no effect, then whistle “Yankee Doodle” while hanging
Evan “Strangler” Lewis was the dirtiest wrestler in the game and often maimed his opponents
“The Terrible Turk” was so violent he caused riots