The Los Angeles Times (7/19/1926) reported that Savage was "one of the wealthiest
grapplers in the game. He owns valuable Chicago real estate and is several times a
millionaire." The paper stated, "He was developed in Iowa and Illinois. He received his first
recognition when Frank Gotch was traveling with the Sells Floto circus meeting all comers.
Jess Willard, Hussane, and Mahamont were with the same athletic show. Bob Manigoff (sic)
threw Gotch, breaking the champion's leg. Savage then threw Manigoff and completed the
season with the circus, advertised as the world's greatest wrestler because he had thrown
the man who beat Gotch."
Research by Tim Hornbaker
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