Corporation: Canadian Athletic Promotions, Inc.
Incorporated: February 8, 1951
Dissolved: December 17, 1966
Eddie Quinn was undoubtedly one of the most successful promoters affiliated with
professional wrestling. Montreal was a great wrestling town, and his style of booking
created interest in his action year after year, pretty much steady, from 1939 until the
early 1960s. Not many promoters can claim the success that Quinn sustained. He was a
astute businessman, and unlike his Toronto counterpart, Frank Tunney, Quinn was
willing to take risks to further his empire. At times, he held ownership in Chicago and
Boston promotions, and was unafraid to sour his relationship with the powerful National
Wrestling Alliance, while others would see such a move as a death sentence to their
Quinn also had many social connections, which helped his operations, and further
secured his position as a leader in sports promotions. Among these connections were
alleged ties to organized crime. But he was plugged into politics, the non-sports business
world in Montreal, and a heavyweight in the realm of local boxing. Quinn was a fighter, a
tough guy, and willing to take on all types of opposition, regardless of their individual
stature. Often gregarious, he was often looked to for answers in difficult promotional
situations, and among the NWA, he was a figurehead, although he never held a
On June 15, 1951, the Toronto Daily Star reported that Quinn had worked an
arrangement out with "one of the most successful fight promoters" in Canada, Raoul
Godbout. Godbout was joining Quinn's Canadian Athletic Promotions out of Montreal,
and was going to work as a matchmaker with Dave Castilloux, and do public relations.
The newspaper indicated that this was the end of a "cold war" that had been going on
between rival promoters for about six months. Godbout had previously worked with
Quinn, but the two parted ways after "a series of misunderstandings."
Sam Muchnick, the NWA President, sent a letter to Quinn on January 27, 1953 telling him
that he'd heard from Jack Pfefer the night before. Pfefer told him that he'd been
receiving threatening phone calls and he suspected Quinn and Paul Bowser. If the calls
did not stop, Muchnick explained, Pfefer was going to go to the FBI "and tell them that
those threats are Alliance influenced." Muchnick told Quinn that "you and Paul are not
the types of persons to do such things."
Quinn was rumored to have ties to mobster Frankie Carbo.
At times, Quinn had talent sharing agreements with Capitol Wrestling, Fred Kohler, and
the Barnett-Doyle group.
Research by Tim Hornbaker
|Eddie Quinn Boxing & Wrestling History