Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, January 3, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Ruffy Silverstein and Jimmy Valentine drew (60:00) … Jackie Nichols b. Roy
Shire (32:00) … Danny King b. Abe Pauline … Reggie Lisowski b. Ed Allen … “Tiger” Joe Marsh
b. Paul Martin … (promoter:  Ray Fabiani) … (1,100 fans)

Chicago, Illinois:  Friday, January 5, 1951
(International Amphitheatre) … Buddy Rogers b. Cyclone Anaya when the latter could not
continue after the second fall … The Mighty Atlas b. Lone Eagle by countout in the third fall
…Walter Palmer b. Bobby Nelson (12:32) … Ramon Cernadas and Hombre Montana b. Rudy
Kay and Al Williams (2-0) (Cernadas and Montana were making their “American tag team debut”)
… Mighty Fritz and Sky Low Low drew (20:00) … (promoter:  Fred Kohler) … (4,138 fans) …
(gate:  $9,063.40)

Chicago, Illinois:  Saturday, January 6, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … The Mighty Atlas b. Rudy Kay (2/3) … Cyclone Anaya b. Ray Thunder (2/3)
… Mike Kilonis b. Jack Carter … Ramon Cernadas and Hombre Montana b. Jumping Rococo
and Bobby Nelson (2/3) … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, January 10, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Ali Pasha vs. Frankie Talaber … “Papa” and “Sonny” Blazer vs. Bill Anderson
and Billy Venable … Joe Banek vs. Dick Shaw … “Tiger” Joe Marsh vs. Jackie Nichols …
(promoter:  Ray Fabiani)

Chicago, Illinois:  Thursday, January 11, 1951
(Madison Arena) … Frankie Hart vs. Cyclone Anaya … The Mighty Fritz vs. Sky Low Low …
(promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, January 17, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Jimmy Valentine b. Jules LaRance (2-0) … Jackie Nichols b. “Tiger” Joe
Marsh … Man Mountain Dean Jr. b. Maurice Roberre … Johnny Kane and Whiskers Abraham b.
Ralph Garibaldi and Richard Mitchler (2/3) … (promoter:  Ray Fabiani)

Chicago, Illinois:  Thursday, January 18, 1951
(Madison Arena) … The Mighty Atlas b. Carl Engstrom (2/3) … Joe Millich and Roy (Ray?)
Thunder drew (30:00) … Benny Rooster b. Ned Taylor … Art Bull and Jack Carter b. Pete Bartu
and Johny Gallagher (2/3) … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Friday, January 19, 1951
(Chicago Stadium) … Jim Londos b. Hard Boiled Haggerty (2-0) … Don Eagle and Antonino
Rocca drew (60:00) … Jackie Nichols and Jimmy Valentine b. Fred Bozic and Ali Pasha (2-0) …
Frankie Talaber b. George Macricostas (12:20) … Gene Stanlee b. The Golden Superman …
(promoter:  Ray Fabiani) … (8,141 fans) … (gate:  $17,516) … (net:  $13,474)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, January 24, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Antonino Rocca b. Ivan Rasputin (2-0) … Paul Baillargeon and “Tiger” Joe
Marsh drew … Jim Henry b. Jack Pesek … Reggie Lisowski b. Kola Kwariani (DQ) … Man
Mountain Dean Jr. b. Tommy Paulino … (promoter:  Ray Fabiani)

Chicago, Illinois:  Friday, January 26, 1951
(International Amphitheater) … National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Champion Lou
Thesz and Buddy Rogers drew (60:00) (1-1) (Special Referee:  Jack Dempsey) … Cyclone
Anaya and The Mighty Atlas drew (30:00) … Sky Low Low and Tom Thumb b. The Mighty Fritz
and Pee Wee James … Ramon Cernadoes and Walter Palmer drew (30:00) … Hombre Montana
b. Art Saxon … (promoter:  Fred Kohler) … (referee:  Jack Dempsey) … (7,536 fans) … (gate:  
$17,145)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, January 31, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Ivan Rasputin b. Sheik Mar Allah … George Macricostas b. Angelo Poffo …
Joe Benek b. Rip Houck … Earl Shire b. Bill Merrick … Jim Henry b. Reggie Lisowski …
(promoter:  Ray Fabiani) … (600+ fans)

Chicago, Illinois:  Saturday, February 3, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Ramon Cernadas and Hombre Montana b. Rudy Kay and Al Williams (2/3)
… Tarzan Kowalski b. Joe Millich … Herman Krauser and Lord Pinkerton drew (30:00) … Zack
Malkov b. Art Bull … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Thursday, February 8, 1951
(Madison Arena) … The Mighty Atlas vs. Walter Palmer … other matches … (promoter:  Fred
Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, February 14, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Larry Kasaboski and Ruffy Silverstein b. Dutch Howlett and Len Hughes (2-0)
… Jim Henry b. Jean Baillargeon … Jerome Mosberk (?) b. Chris Garibaldi … Edmund Francis b.
Whiskers Abraham … (promoter:  Ray Fabiani) … (500 fans)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, February 21, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Jim Henry and Ruffy Silverstein wrestled to a double countout in the third fall
… Whiskers Abraham b. Don Hansen … Jim Lewis b. Billy Venable … Edmund Francis b. Tom
George … Larry Kasaboski and Joe Wolfe drew (Wolfe was a replacement for Don Eagle) …
(promoters:  Ray Fabiani, Leonard Schwartz) … (1,400 fans)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, February 28, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Jim Henry vs. Ruffy Silverstein … (promoters:  Ray Fabiani, Leonard
Schwartz)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, March 7, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Jim Henry vs. Jim Londos … Larry Kasaboski vs. Joe Wolfe … Don Hanson
vs. Reggie Lisowski … (promoters:  Ray Fabiani, Leonard Schwartz)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, March 14, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Primo Carnera vs. Hans Hermann … Larry Kasaboski vs. Jim Londos …
Roland Meeker vs. Sandor Szabo … (promoters:  Ray Fabiani, Leonard Schwartz)

Chicago, Illinois:  Friday, March 16, 1951
(Chicago Coliseum) … Jim Londos b. Dutch Howlett (2/3) … Pee Wee James b. Tom Thumb
(2/3) … Frank Hart b. Gypsy Joe (DQ) … Rudy Kay and Al Williams wrestled Billy Goelz and
Walter Palmer to a draw (60:00) … (3,500 fans) … (Benefit for the St. Peters Church)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, March 21, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … World Junior Heavyweight Champion Frankie Talaber b. Jackie Nichols …
Sandor Szabo b. Bull Allen (10:01) … Roy Shire b. Frank Sinatra (21:31) … Ed Francis and Stan
Karolyi b. Farmer Marlin and Angelo Poffo (2/3) … (promoters:  Ray Fabiani, Leonard Schwartz)

Chicago, Illinois:  Thursday, March 22, 1951
(Madison Arena) … Walter Palmer vs. Hans Schnabel … Hombre Montana vs. Fritz Schnabel …
Gene DuBuque and Joe Millich vs. Karl Gray and Zack Malkov … Bill Demetrious vs. Max Marek
… (promoter:  Fred Kohler) … (broadcast on WGN) (channel 9) (10:00-11:00 p.m.)
(commentator:  Jack Brickhouse) … (presented by National Clothing Company)

Chicago, Illinois:  Saturday, March 24, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Cyclone Anaya vs. Gypsy Joe … Frenchie Roy vs. Jack O’Reilly … Joe
Millich vs. Arthur Van Saxon … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, March 28, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … World Junior Heavyweight Champion Frankie Talaber b. Chippewa Eagle
(2/3) … Roy Shire b. George Macricostas (DQ) … Mickey Gold b. Paul Martin … Ed Francis b.
Bill Venable … “Tiger” Joe Marsh b. Bull Allen … (promoter:  Ray Fabiani, Leonard Schwartz)
Note:  The Chicago Daily Tribune incorrectly billed Frankie Talaber as the “National Wrestling
Alliance Junior Heavyweight Champion.”

Chicago, Illinois:  Thursday, March 29, 1951
Golden Gloves Tournament (broadcast on WGN) (channel 9) (10:00 p.m.) (National Clothing
Company “releases time to Golden Gloves Tournament; Next Thursday National Clothing
presents Wrestling from National Arena.”)

Chicago, Illinois:  Friday, March 30, 1951
(International Amphitheater) … NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz b. The Mighty
Atlas (2/3) … Tarzan Kowalski b. Pete Managoff (12:45) … Little Beaver b. Irish Jackie (15:55)
… Billy Goelz and Gypsy Joe drew (20:00) … The Schnabels (Fritz and Hans Schnabel) b.
Ramon Cernadas and Hombre Montana (2/3) … (promoter:  Ffed Kohler) … (4,329 fans)

Chicago, Illinois:  Monday, April 2, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Abe Kashey and Rudy Kay vs. The Schnabels (Fritz and Hans Schnabel) …
Tommy Martindale vs. Jack O’Reilly … Zack Malkov vs. Tony Olivas … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)
Note:  Kohler’s initial Monday night show at the Marigold Arena.

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, April 4, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Edwin Francis b. Larry Kosoboski (2/3) … Roy Shire b. Tom George (17:00)
(Shire was scheduled to wrestle George Macricostas) … Francois Miquet and Ruffy Silverstein
drew (30:00) … Stan Karolyi and Jack Vansky b. Chippewa Eagle and Howard Blazer …
(promoters:  Ray Fabiani, Leonard Schwartz) … (1,100 fans)

Chicago, Illinois:  Thursday, April 5, 1951
(Madison Arena) … (promoter:  Fred Kohler) … (broadcast on WGN) (channel 9) (10:00-11:00 p.
m.) (commentator:  Jack Brickhouse) … (presented by National Clothing Company)

Chicago, Illinois:  Monday, April 9, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … The Thing (M.T. Books) b. Carl Engstrom (2/3) … Lee Grable b. Al Williams
… Ramon Cernades and Hombre Montana b. Bozo Brown and Zack Malkov (2/3) … Tommy
Martindale b. Ned Taylor … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, April 11, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Farmer Marlin vs. Edwin Francis … Stanley Karolyi vs. Reggie Lisowski …
Roland Meeker vs. Ruffy Silverstein … Chippewa Eagle and Red Fox vs. Bull Allen and Joe
Wolfe … (promoters:  Ray Fabiani, Leonard Schwartz)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, April 18, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Antonino Rocca b. Jimmy Valentine when the latter was unable to continue
(Rocca won with dropkicks in 17:55 of the first fall) (Valentine was taken to Edgewater Hospital)
(Valentine was reportedly unconscious for 30 minutes) … Ruffy Silverstein b. Kola Kwariani (8:
48) … Leo Garibaldi b. Billy Venable (9:40) … Ed Francis b. Man Mountain Dean Jr. (12:08) …
Francois Miquet b. Chippewa Eagle (20:36) … (promoters:  Ray Fabiani, Leonard Schwartz) …
(physician:  Dr. H.G. Lapata)
Note:  Jimmy Valentine was released from the Edgewater Hospital on April 19, 1951.

Chicago, Illinois:  Friday, April 20, 1951
(International Amphitheater) … NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion Verne Gagne b. The
Mighty Atlas in a special handicap match (Atlas had to throw Gagne twice in 60-minutes) (Atlas
scored the first fall in 16:51, but Gagne won the second and the match in 7:15) … Wladek
“Tarzan” Kowalski b. Hans Schnabel (2/3) … Elephant Boy and Lone Eagle drew … Leon
Kirilenko b. Gypsy Joe (DQ) … Billy Goelz and Walter Palmer b. Rudy Kay and Al Williams (2/3)
… Promoter:  Fred Kohler … (3,718 fans)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, April 25, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Francois Miquet b. Farmer Marlin (2/3) … Ruffy Silverstein b. Frank Marconi
… (promoters:  Ray Fabiani, Leonard Schwartz)
Note:  Ruffy Silverstein was offering $1,000 cash to anyone who could pin him in 30-minutes.

Chicago, Illinois:  Monday, April 30, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Hombre Montana b. The Thing (DQ in the third fall) … Ramon Cernades b.
Rudy Kay … Ned Taylor b. Jack Allen … Zack Malkov b. Bill Demetrious … Carl Engstrom b.
Bozo Brown … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, May 2, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Don Eagle b. Jim Henry (2-0) … Ruffy Silverstein b. Bobby Coleman (11:28)
… Edmund Francis and Stan Karolyi drew (30:00) … Babyface Morens b. Butch Montey (9:10)
… Francois Miquet b. Bull Allen (15:32) … (promoter:  Ray Fabiani, Leonard Schwartz) … (2,000
fans)
Note:  The Chicago Daily Tribune reported the following:  “Ruffy Silverstein won his second
straight match in a series of 15 for the American Wrestling Association title.  The association will
offer $1,200 to anyone who can whip Silverstein next week.”

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, May 9, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Francois Miquet b. Polo Cordova (2/3) …Jackie Nichols b. Buck Weaver (2-0)
… Ruffy Silverstein b. Paul Martin (4:33) … Edmund Francis and Maurice Roberre b. Bobby
Ford and Irish McGee (2/3) … (promoters:  Ray Fabiani, Leonard Schwartz) … (900 fans)
Note:  The Chicago Daily Tribune reported the following on May 10, 1951:  “Ruffy Silverstein
scored his third consecutive triumph in his series of 15 matches in defense of the American
Wrestling Association title.  The AWA will offer $1,300 as a prize to anyone who can beat Ruffy
next week.”

Chicago, Illinois:  Friday, May 11, 1951
(International Amphitheater) … Bronko Nagurski b. Gorgeous George (2/3) (DQ in the third fall)
(Nagurski won the first fall in 9:48, George won the second in 2:22, Nagurski won the third by
disqualification in 4:19) … NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion Verne Gagne b. Billy Goelz
(2/3) … Mighty Fritz b. Irish Jackie (8:43) … Hans Schnabel b. Howard Cantonwine (9:52) …
Rudy Kay and Al Williams b. Gypsy Joe and Leon Kirilenko (2/3) … (promoter:  Fred Kohler) …
(referee:  Jim McMillen) … (3,526 fans) … (gate:  $7,525) … (net:  $5,558)
Note:  Gorgeous George reportedly made 22 ½ per cent of the net, while Nagurski earned 10
per cent.  It was Nagurski’s first appearance in Chicago in 10 years.

Chicago, Illinois:  Saturday, May 12, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Walter Palmer b. Abe Kashey (2/3) … Rudy Kay and Al Williams wrestled
The Schnabels (Fritz and Hans Schnabel) to a double disqualification (1-1) … Zack Malkov and
Al Szasz were both counted out … Bozo Brown b. Tony Verdi … (promoter:  Fred Kohler) …
(1,000+ fans)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, May 16, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Ruffy Silverstein b. Jim Lewis (13:03) (Silverstein’s fourth straight victory) …
Jackie Nichols and Roy Shire drew (60:00) … Edmund Francis b. Bob Coleman … Babyface
Maren and Marvelous Miltie b. Butch Montz and George Spates (2/3) … (promoters:  Ray
Fabiani, Leonard Schwartz)
Note:  The Chicago Daily Tribune stated on May 17, 1951:  “[Silverstein won] his fourth straight
victory in a series of 15 bouts in which a prize is offered to anyone who can pin him in 30
minutes.  The award inceases by $100 each week and will be $1,400 next Wednesday.”

Chicago, Illinois:  Saturday, May 19, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Gypsy Joe b. Frankie Hart (2/3) … Al Szasz b. Leon Kirilenko … Gene
Bowman b. Ramon Cernades (DQ) … Charles Murray and Zack Malkov b. Pete Bartu and Ned
Taylor … (promoter:  Fred Kohler) … (1,000 fans)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, May 30, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Ruffy Silverstein b. Polo Cordova (Silverstein won his fifth straight match)
(Cordova was going for the $1,500 prize) … Francois Miquet b. Jim Henry (2/3) … Edmund
Francis b. Bull Allen … Stan Karolyi and Maurice Roberre drew … “Big” Bill Miller b. Tony Sinatra
… (promoters:  Ray Fabiani, Leonard Schwartz)

Chicago, Illinois:  Saturday, June 2, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … The Thing b. Hans Schnabel (2/3) … Tommy Martindale b. Al Williams …
Sterling “Dizzy” Davis b. Juan Hernandez … Ramon Cernades and Carl Engstrom b. Bozo Brown
and Tony Verdi … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, June 6, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Edmund Francis b. Francois Miquet (2/3) … Ruffy Silverstein b. “Big” Bill
Miller (17:32) (his sixth win) … (promoters:  Ray Fabiani, Leonard Schwartz) … (1,800 fans)
Note:  The Chicago Daily Tribune reported on June 7, 1951 that “[Silverstein won] his sixth
straight triumph in a series of 15 matches in defense of his American Wrestling Association title.  
Miller sought a $1,600 purse.”

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, June 13, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Buddy Rogers b. Sandor Kovacs (2-0) … Jim Henry b. Francois Miquet (2/3)
… Stan Karolyi b. Bull Allen (DQ) … Tom George b. Glamorous George (DQ) … Ed Francis b.
Ed Slake … (promoters:  Ray Fabiani, Leonard Schwartz)
Note:  Ruffy Silverstein was unable to compete due to a shoulder injury.

Chicago, Illinois:  Saturday, June 16, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … The Mighty Atlas b. Gypsy Joe (2/3) … Leon Kirilenko b. Billy Goelz in 18-
minutes when the latter was bleeding too much to continue … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Monday, June 18, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Ramon Cernadas and Hombre Montana vs. Rudy Kay and Al Williams …
(promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, June 20, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Edmund Francis b. Ali Pasha (2/3) (Reportedly Francis’s 11th straight win) …
(promoters:  Ray Fabiani, Leonard Schwartz)

Chicago, Illinois:  Saturday, June 23, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Billy Goelz b. Leon Kirilenko (2/3) … Walter Palmer b. Whitey Whittler (2/3)
… Rudy Kay b. Ramon Cernadas … Bobo Brown and Tommy Martindale drew … Juan
Hernandez b. Pete Bartu … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, June 27, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Ruffy Silverstein b. Francois Miquet to retain his $1,700 … (promoters:  Ray
Fabiani, Leonard Schwartz)

Chicago, Illinois:  Saturday, June 30, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz b. Hombre Montana (2/3) …
Al Williams b. Tommy Martindale … (promoter:  Fred Kohler) … (1,703 fans) … (gate:  $2,682)
Note:  Sam Muchnick and his wife were at this show.

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, July 4, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Ruffy Silverstein b. Francois Miquet for his ninth straight win (2/3) … George
Balkins and Jim Lewis b. Jim Bozic and Frank Marconi (2-0) … Bull Allen b. Reggie Lisowski (13:
42) … Glamorous George b. Jimmy O’Day (10:33) … (promoters:  Ray Fabiani, Leonard
Schwartz) … (2,300 fans)
Note:  The Chicago Daily Tribune reported on July 5, 1951 that:  “Ruffy his ninth victory in his 15
bout campaign to be named American Wrestling Association champion.”

Chicago, Illinois:  Friday, July 6, 1951
(Parichy Stadium) … Don Eagle and Gene Stanlee were both disqualified in the third fall (1-1) …
Ruffy Silverstein b. Edmund Francis in 15:26 when the latter was unable to continue … Polo
Cordova and Francois Miquet b. Man Mountain Dean Jr. and Paul Orth (2-0) … Stanley Karolyi
b. Chief Kit Fox … (promoters:  Ray Fabiani, Leonard Schwartz) … (5,000 fans)

Chicago, Illinois:  Saturday, July 7, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Walter Palmer b. Al Williams (2/3) … George Dusette b. Gypsy Joe …
Ramon Cernadas and Hombre Montana b. Bozo Brown and Zack Malkov (2/3) … Bob Clay b.
Juan Hernandez … (promoter:  Fred Kohler) … (1,775 fans)
Note:  The National Wrestling Alliance and Fred Kohler presented Walter Palmer before his
match with a plaque, “signifying his many years of clean participation in the sport.”

Note:  The Chicago Daily Tribune reported on July 8, 1951 that:  “Ruffy Silverstein will engage in
the 10th successive defense of his AWA title against…on Wednesday night…”

Chicago, Illinois:  Monday, July 9, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Gypsy Joe vs. The Mighty Atlas … George Dusette vs. Al Szasz …
(promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, July 11, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … “Count” Michele Leone b. Francois Miquet when the latter was unable to
continue after the first fall … Ruffy Silverstein b. Tony Vagnone (16:05) (protecting his $2,000)
… Joe Bozic vs. Kenneth King … Johnny Carlin vs. Reggie Lisowski … Jack Allen vs. Stan
Karolyi … (promoters:  Ray Fabiani, Leonard Schwartz)

Chicago, Illinois:  Saturday, July 14, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Chief Lone Eagle b. Rudy Kay (2/3) … George Dusette b. Zack Malkov …
Ramon Cernadas and Hombre Montana b. Gene Bowman and Bob Clay … George Craig b. Ned
Taylor … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, July 18, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Ruffy Silverstein b. Ali Pasha to win his 11th of 15 matches “to become
American Wrestling Association Champion.” (2-0) … World Junior Heavyweight Champion
Frankie Talaber vs. ? … (promoters:  Ray Fabiani, Leonard Schwartz)

Chicago, Illinois:  Saturday, July 21, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz and Bill Longson drew (60:
00) … George Dusette b. Ned Taylor … George Craig and Leon Kirilenko b. Bob Clay and
Tommy Martindale (2/3) … Lee Savoldi b. Bob Geigel … (promoter:  Fred Kohler) … (1,800 fans)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, July 25, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Ruffy Silverstein b. Frank Sinatra (DQ) (retaining $2,200) … Jackie Nichols b.
Whitey Wahlberg … Edmund Francis b. Tony Vagnone … Johnny O’Day b. Jack Allen … Yussif
Mahmoud b. Tom George … (promoters:  Ray Fabiani, Leonard Schwartz)

Chicago, Illinois:  Monday, July 30, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Leon Kirilenko vs. The Mighty Atlas … Sky Low Low vs. Sonny Boy Cassidy
… George Craig and Zack Malkov vs. Bob Geigel and Lee Savoldi … Barney Bernard vs. Rudy
Kay … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

*In August 1951, likely going back to April, WGN was running wrestling “film” at 10:00 p.m. on
Thursday nights with announcer Vince Lloyd.

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, August 1, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Ruffy Silverstein b. Jim Lewis (2-0) (Lewis was a substitute for Jackie Nichols)
… Frankie Talaber b. Jack Vansky … “Irish” Mike McGee and Tony Sinatra drew … Bill
Demetras b. Bull Allen … Yussif Mahmoud b. Man Mountain Dean Jr. … (promoters:  Ray
Fabiani, Leonard Schwartz)
Note:  The Chicago Daily Tribune, on August 2, 1951, billed Silverstein as the American
Wrestling Alliance heavyweight champion.

Chicago, Illinois:  Saturday, August 4, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Little Beaver and Sonny Boy Cassidy b. Pancho the Bull and Sky Low Low
… “Sailor” Fred Blassie b. Bozo Brown … (promoter:  Fred Kohler) … (1,800 fans)

Chicago, Illinois:  Monday, August 6, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Walter Palmer b. Billy Goelz (2/3) … George Dusette and Al Szasz b. Leon
Kirilenko and Al Williams … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, August 8, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Ruffy Silverstein vs. Jack Pesek … Tony Sinatra vs. Frankie Talaber …
(promoters:  Ray Fabiani, Leonard Schwartz)

Chicago, Illinois:  Saturday, August 11, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Fred Blassie vs. Bill Longson … The Mighty Atlas vs. Al Szasz … (promoter:  
Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, August 15, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … “Big” Bill Miller b. Ruffy Silverstein to capture the AWA World Heavyweight
Title (Miller beat Silverstein by countout in 28:28, winning the $2,400 and the title) (Silverstein
had won 14 straight matches) … Marvin Mercer b. Chris Belkas … Yousuff Mahmout b. Ed Slake
… Johnny Demchuck and “Irish” Mike McGee b. Bronko Lubich and Whitey Walberg (2/3) …
(promoters:  Ray Fabiani, Leonard Schwartz)

Chicago, Illinois:  Monday, August 20, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … IWPA Heavyweight Champion Walter Palmer vs. Billy Goelz (Palmer had to
throw Goelz twice in 60-minutes to the latter’s one) … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)
Note:  The August 19, 1951 edition of the Chicago Daily Tribune billed Walter Palmer as the
“Illinois Wrestling Promoters’ Association Heavyweight” champion.

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, August 22, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … AWA World Heavyweight Champion “Big” Bill Miller b. Francois Miquet  (32:
22) … Marvin Mercer b. Speedy Lawrence (10:12) … (promoters:  Ray Fabiani, Leonard
Schwartz) … (1,500 fans)

Chicago, Illinois:  Saturday, August 25, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Walter Palmer b. George Dusette (2/3) … Big Humphrey b. George Craig …
Balk Estes b. Bob Clay … Cesar Sando b. Pete Vukavich … Chester Hayes b. Pat Graham …
(promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, August 29, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Ruffy Silverstein and Frankie Talaber drew (1-1) … Jack Pesek b. Ali Pasha
(9:55) … Marvin Mercer b. Jack Vansky (9:43) … Edmund Francis b. Ken King (10:14) … Yussif
Mahmout b. Chief Chewacki (5:32) … (promoters:  Ray Fabiani, Leonard Schwartz)

Chicago, Illinois:  Saturday, September 1, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Verne Gagne b. Walter Palmer … Big Humphrey b. Bozo Brown …
(promoter:  Fred Kohler) … (2,000 fans)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, September 5, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Don Eagle b. Juan Hernandez (2-0) … Bill Miller b. Ken King (4:12) … Marvin
Mercer b. Paul Orth (12:26) … Farmer Marlin b. “Irish” Mike McGee (13:16) … Pete Bartu b. Bill
Demetrus (5:31) … (promoters:  Leonard Schwartz)
Note:  The Chicago Daily Tribune stated that Leonard Schwartz was the wrestling promoter.  
There was no mention of Ray Fabiani.  It is very likely that he was gone at this point.

Chicago, Illinois:  Friday, September 7, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Don Eagle b. Edmund Francis when the latter was unable to continue …
Frankie Talaber b. Tony Sinatra (23:48) … Maedayama b. Onoumi … Two other Sumo wrestlers
in competition … (promoter:  Leonard Schwartz) … (soldout arena)

Chicago, Illinois:  Saturday, September 8, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Chester Hayes and Tommy Martindale drew … Big Humphrey b. Tommy
Martindale (Martindale was a substitute for another grappler) … Balk Estes b. Gypsy Joe …
Bobby Managoff b. Zack Malkov … The Great Balbo b. George Bruckman … (promoter:  Fred
Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Monday, September 10, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Big Humphrey b. Al Williams (2/3) … George Dusette and Bobby Managoff
drew (30:00) … Donn Lewin b. Bozo Brown … Apache Craig and Karl Gray b. Caesar Sando
and Al Szasz … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, September 12, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Francois Miquet vs. Ruffy Silverstein … (promoer:  Leonard Schwartz)

Chicago, Illinois:  Saturday, September 15, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Bronko Nagurski b. Rudy Kay (2-0) … Bobby Managoff b. Bozo Brown …
Donn Lewin and Cesar Sandor b. George Bruckman and Apache Craig (2/3) … Chester Hayes
b. Ned Taylor … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, September 19, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … World Junior Heavyweight Champion Marvin Mercer b. Ali Pasha (2-0) …
Tony Sinatra b. Juan Hernandez (2/3) … Chippewa Eagle and Jim Lewis b. Pete Bartu and Al
Cortez (2/3) … Johnny Carlin b. Joe Calna (7:18) … (promoter:  Leonard Schwartz)

Chicago, Illinois:  Saturday, September 22, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Barney Bernard b. Big Humphrey (2/3) … Elephant Boy b. Cesar Sando …
Teddy Rogers b. Bozo Brown … George Dusette and Balk Estes were both disqualified …
Chester Hayes b. Zack Malkov (DQ) … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Monday, Setpember 24, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Bobby Managoff b. Rudy Kay (2/3) … Elephant Boy b. Al Williams … The
Nature Boy b. George Bruckman … Cesar Sando and Ned Taylor b. Bozo Brown and George
Craig (2/3) … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, September 26, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … AWA World Heavyweight Champion “Big” Bill Miller and Ivan Rasputin
wrestled to a double disqualification in the third fall (1-1) … World Junior Heavyweight Champion
Marvin Mercer b. Chippewa Eagle … Angelo Poffo and Joe Wolfe b. Speedy LaRance and Paul
Orth (2/3) … (promoter:  Leonard Schwartz)

Chicago, Illinois:  Monday, October 1, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … The Mighty Atlas b. George Dusette (2/3) … Barney “The Chest” Bernard b.
Chester Hayes … George Craig and Donn Lewin drew (30:00) … Bozo Brown and Ned Taylor b.
George Bruckman and Cesar Sando (2/3) … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, October 3, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … World Junior Heavyweight Champion Marvin Mercer and Frankie Talaber
drew (60:00) (1-1) … Joe Scarpello b. Jack Vansky (19:06) … Al Rossi b. Bull Allen (17:01) …
Tommy O’Toole and Maurice Roberre b. Jules LaRance and Ali Pasha (2/3) … (promoter:  
Leonard Schwartz)

Chicago, Illinois:  Thursday, October 4, 1951
(Film) … NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion Verne Gagne and Bobby Bruns vs. Rudy
Kay and Al Williams … (promoter:  Fred Kohler) … (broadcast on WGN) (channel 9) (10:00-11:
00 p.m.) (commentator:  Vince Lloyd) … (presented by National Clothing Company)

Chicago, Illinois:  Friday, October 5, 1951
(International Amphitheater) … NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz b. Bronko
Nagurski (2/3) … Billy Goelz and Walter Palmer wrestled Gypsy Joe and Al Williams wrestled to a
no contest after each had scored a fall (Joe Triner stopped the match “after body slams
weakened the floor and made it collapse.”) … (promoter:  Fred Kohler) … (5,255 fans) … (gate:  
$10,051) … (In Attendance:  Illinois State Athletic Commission Chairman Joe Triner)

Chicago, Illinois:  Monday, October 8, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Bobby Managoff and Walter Palmer were both counted out in the third fall (1-
1) … Don Beitelman and Chester Hayes b. Rudy Kay and Al Williams (2/3) … Ned Taylor b. Zack
Malkov … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, October 10, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Antonino Rocca b. Maurice Roberre (2-0) … (promoter:  Leonard Schwartz)

Chicago, Illinois:  Thursday, October 11, 1951
(Tape) … NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz vs. Gorgeous George … (promoter:  
Fred Kohler) … (broadcast on WGN) (channel 9) (10:00-11:00 p.m.) (commentator:  Vince
Lloyd) … (presented by National Clothing Company)

Chicago, Illinois:  Saturday, October 13, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Barney Bernard and Bobby Managoff drew (60:00) … Fred Blassie b. Rudy
Kay … George Craig b. Tommy Martindale … Don Beitelman b. George Bruckman … Cesar
Sando b. Red Bastien … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Monday, October 15, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … The Mighty Atlas b. George Dusette (2-0) … Rudy Kay and Al Williams b.
Don Beitelman and Balk Estes … Milt Olsen b. Ned Taylor … Bozo Brown and Chester Hayes
drew … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, October 17, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Ruffy Silverstein b. Professor Roy Shire (Shire was a substitute for Bill Miller,
“whose plane was grounded”) … Frankie Talaber b. Charles Belkas … Jack Vansky b. Juan
Hernandez … Joe Scarpello b. Al Carter (?) (DQ) … Jack Allen b. Bill Demetrus … (promoter:  
Leonard Schwartz)

Chicago, Illinois:  Thursday, October 18, 1951
(Tape) … Benito Gardini and Al Williams vs. Farmer Don Marlin and Joe Millich … (promoter:  
Fred Kohler) … (broadcast on WGN) (channel 9) (10:00-11:00 p.m.) (commentator:  Vince
Lloyd) … (presented by:  National Clothing Company)

Chicago, Illinois:  Saturday, October 20, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Killer Kowalski b. Fred Blassie (2-0) … The Mighty Atlas b. George Craig
(2/3) … Gypsy Joe b. Cesar Sando … Zack Malkov b. Don Beitelman … Chief Little Fox and
Mike DiBiase (30:00) … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Monday, October 22, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Bobby Managoff and Walter Palmer vs. Rudy Kay and Al Williams … Don
Beitelman vs. Chester Hayes … Bozo Brown vs. Chief Little Fox … Red Bastien vs. George
Bruckman … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, October 24, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Buddy Rogers b. Francois Miquet (2-0) … Gene Stanlee b. Juan Hernandez
(2-0) … Jimmy Valentine b. Jack Vansky (23:12) … Pete Bartu b. John Gilbert (21:39) … Tom
George b. Elmer Kramer (12:15) … (promoter:  Leonard Schwartz) … (2,800 fans)

Chicago, Illinois:  Thursday, October 25, 1951
(Tape) … Gypsy Joe and Al Williams vs. Billy Goelz and Walter Palmer .. (promoter:  Fred
Kohler) … (broadcast on WGN) (channel 9) (10:00-11:00 p.m.) (commentator:  Vince Lloyd) …
(presented by:  National Clothing Company)

Sterling, Illinois:  Thursday, October 25, 1951
(Sterling Coliseum) … Killer Kowalski vs. Walter Palmer … Apache Craig vs. Bobby Managoff …
George Bruckman vs. Caesar Sandow … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

*A “Chicago delegation” went to Milwaukee to see NWA World Champion Lou Thesz face Verne
Gagne on Friday, October 26, 1951.

Chicago, Illinois:  Monday, October 29, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Don Beitelman vs. The Mighty Atlas … Gene DuBuque vs. The Great Balbo
… George Bruckman vs. Paavo Rhyno … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, October 31, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Antonino Rocca b. The Great Moto (2-0) … Edmund Francis b. Kola Kwariani
(2-0) (DQ in the second fall) … George Maricoastas and Tommy O’Toole drew (30:00) … Luther
Lindsey b. Jack Vansky … Yussif Mahmout b. Bill Demetrious … (promoter:  Leonard Schwartz)

Chicago, Illinois:  Thursday, November 1, 1951
(International Amphitheater Tape) … NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz vs. Bronko
Nagurski … (promoter:  Fred Kohler) … (broadcast on WGN) (channel 9) (10:00-11:00 p.m.)
(commentator:  Jack Brickhouse) … (presented by:  National Clothing Company) … (this is likely
tape and might not be from Madison Arena) … (Thesz and Nagurski wrestled on October 5,
1951 at the International Amphitheater)

Chicago, Illinois:  Monday, November 5, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Billy Goelz and Walter Palmer b. Apache Craig and Al Williams … Bozo
Brown b. Chester Hayes … Dick Hatcher and Pavvo Rhyno drew … Joe Gordon b. Ned Taylor …
(promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, November 7, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Buddy Rogers b. Edmund Francis (2-0) … Johnny Valentine b. Al Tucker
(DQ) (28:40) … Bob Lieper and Roy Shire b. George Macricostas and Lyle Dill Zinn (2-0) … Nick
Kapitan and Jerry Woods drew (30:00) … (promoter:  Leonard Schwartz)

Chicago, Illinois:  Friday, November 9, 1951
(International Amphitheater) … NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz b. Tarzan
Kowalski (2/3) (Thesz won the first fall in 6:54, Kowalski won the second in 5:42, Thesz won the
third in 5:36) … Verne Gagne b. The Mighty Atlas (2/3) … Bill Longson and Bobby Managoff
drew (30:00) … Don Beitelman b. Chief Little Fox (14:06) … Gypsy Joe and Al Williams b. Billy
Goelz and The Great Balbo (27:10) … (promoter:  Fred Kohler) … (6,320 fans) … (gate:  
$12,883)

Chicago, Illinois:  Saturday, November 10, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Bobby Managoff b. Ivan Rasputin (2/3) … Alo Leilani b. Jerry Meeker … The
Great Balbo b. George Bruckman … Don Beitelman b. Zack Malkov (DQ) … Karl Gray b. George
Drake … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Monday, November 12, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Chief Little Fox vs. Rudy Kay … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, November 14, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Pierre LaSalle vs. Buddy Rogers … “Irish” Mike McGee vs. Gene Stanlee …
Al Cortez vs. Johnny Valentine … Luther Lindsay vs. Al Tucker … (promoter:  Leonard Schwartz)

Chicago, Illinois:  Monday, November 19, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Walter Palmer b. Chief Little Fox (2-0) … Don Beitelman b. Dick Hatcher …
Karl Gray and Milt Olsen drew … Alo Leilani b. Carl Meyers … George Craig and Ned Taylor b.
Red Bastien and Joe Gordon … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, November 21, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Ruffy Silverstein b. Frankie Talaber (2/3) … Pierre LaSalle and Jackie Nichols
drew (45:00) (1-1) … Al Cortez and George Macricostas wrestled Chris Belkas and Joe
Scarpello to a double disqualification (1-1) … (promoter:  Leonard Schwartz)

Chicago, Illinois:  Monday, November 26, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Farmer Marlin and Walter Palmer were both counted out in the third fall …
Rudy Kay and Bill Rhyno b. Walter Estes and Dick Hatcher … Reggie Lisowski b. Jack Allen
Joe Gordon b. Bob Hanke … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, November 28, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Johnny Valentine b. Francois Miquet (2/3) … Chris Belkas and George
Macricostas drew … Tommy O’Toole and Joe Scarpello wrestled Jules LaRance and Al Tucker
to a draw … Tom George b. Tony Mattie … (promoter:  Leonard Schwartz) … (1,200 fans)

Chicago, Illinois:  Friday, November 30, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Buddy Rogers b. Ruffy Silverstein (2/3) (Rogers won in 11:20 for the first fall,
Silverstein won the second in 9:20, Rogers won the third by DQ in 12:18) … Frankie Talaber
and Johnny Valentine b. Francois Miquet and Tony Sinatra … Tommy O’Toole b. George
Macricostas … Edmund Francis b. Bill Demitrus … (promoter:  Leonard Schwartz) … (3,200 fans)

Chicago, Illinois:  Monday, December 3, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Benito Gardini vs. Farmer Don Marlin … Don Beitelman and Chief Little Fox
vs. Apache Craig and Karl Gray … Milt Olsen vs. Bill Rhyno … Reggie Lisowski vs. Carl Meyer
… (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, December 5, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … AWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion Marvin Mercer b. Jackie Nichols
(2/3) … George Macricostas and Francois Miquet wrestled Tommy O’Toole and Joe Scarpello to
a draw … Edmund Francis b. Bobby Watts (2/3) … Roy Dunn b. “Wild” Bill Zinn … (promoter:  
Leonard Schwartz) … (1,700 fans)

Chicago, Illinois:  Saturday, December 8, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Verne Gagne b. Ivan Rasputin (2-0) … Alo Leilani b. Danny Plechas …
Farmer Don Marlin b.Bill Rhyno … Don Beitelman and Benito Gardini drew … Big Humphrey b.
Apache Craig … (promoter:  Fred Kohler) … (1,800 fans) (sellout)
Note:  The Chicago Daily Tribune reported that this show was the “first sellout in many months”
and “came to see Gagne.”

Chicago, Illinois:  Monday, December 10, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Chief Little Fox and Walter Palmer vs. Rudy Kay and Al Williams … Gene
Dubuque vs. Reggie Lisowski … Apache Craig vs. Dick Hatcher … Joe Gordon vs. Bill Rhyno …
(promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Friday, December 14, 1951
(Milda Arena) … Howard Blazer vs. Whiskers Abraham … (promoter:  Karl Pojello)

Chicago, Illinois:  Saturday, December 15, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … The Great Balbo vs. Gypsy Joe … The Great Togo vs. Farmer Don Marlin
… Don Beitelman vs. Ned Taylor … Dick Hatcher vs. Reggie Lisowski … Red Bastien vs. Milt
Olsen … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Monday, December 17, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Benito Gardini vs. Farmer Don Marlin … Don Beitelman vs. Chief Little Fox
… Apache Craig vs. Reggie Lisowski … Balk Estes vs. Karl Gray … Paddy Mack vs. Bill Rhyno
… (promoter:  Fred Kohler)
Note:  The Chicago Daily Tribune reported on December 17, 1951 that “Promoter Fred Kohler
will offer the first of three wrestling shows in Marigold Arena tonight.  The others will be
presented Thursday and Saturday nights.”

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, December 19, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … AWA World Heavyweight Champion Bill Miller b. Pierre LaSalle (2-0) … Roy
Dunn b. Frank Sinatra (39:18) … Edmund Francis and Frankie Talaber b. Paul Martin and “Wild”
Bill Zimm … Pete Bartu b. Bill Demitruis (26:14) … (promoter:  Leonard Schwartz)

Chicago, Illinois:  Saturday, December 22, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Mighty Atlas b. Gypsy Joe (2/3) … The Great Balbo b. Billy Goelz when the
latter was unable to continue … Rudy Kay b. Balk Estes … Don Beitelman b. Paddy Mack …
Reggie Lisowski b. Ned Taylor … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Wednesday, December 26, 1951
(Rainbo Arena) … Ruffy Silverstein b. “Big” Bill Miller to regain the AWA World Heavyweight Title
(Silverstein won the only fall in 30:20 in 45-minutes) … Jackie Nichols and Frankie Talaber b.
Edmund Francis and Maurice Roberre (2-0) … Don Sparrow b. Bill Dimitrius … (promoter:   
Leonard Schwartz)

Chicago, Illinois:  Thursday, December 27, 1951
(Marigold Arena) … Verne Gagne b. The Great Togo (2/3) … Benito Gardini vs. Bobby
Managoff … Rudy Kay and Al Williams vs. Don Beitelman and Walter Palmer … Billy Goelz vs.
Milt Olsen … Farmer Don Marlin vs. Dick Trout … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)

Chicago, Illinois:  Saturday, December 29, 1951
(Marigold Arena) …NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz vs. Rudy Kay … Don
Beitelman vs. Walter Palmer … Red Bastein and Milt Olsen vs. Kary Gray and Reggie Lisowski
… Cuban Pete vs. Paddy Mack … (promoter:  Fred Kohler)
Note:  Reportedly Kohler’s 52nd Saturday wrestling show of the year.


Research by Tim Hornbaker
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