Pioneers of Professional Wrestling


by Tim Corvin



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/20/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 124
ISBN : 9781480804586
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 124
ISBN : 9781480804593

About the Book

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

About the Author

Tim Corvin earned a bachelor’s degree in wildlife sciences and a master’s degree in education. He works as a freelance environmental educator. As an athlete and entertainer, Corvin has performed in stage productions and has worked with professional wrestling promotions. He currently lives in Tennessee.