Mudcat Café message #2207188 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #106708   Message #2207188
Posted By: Rabbi-Sol
02-Dec-07 - 07:24 PM
Thread Name: BS: Wrestling in the 50/60/early 70ties
Subject: RE: BS: Wrestling in the 50/60/early 70ties
I regularly attended wrestling matches in Madison Square Garden during the Antonino Rocco era. I also went to the St. Nicholas Arena in Manhattan and the Eastern Parkway Area in Brooklyn. The crowd was 90% Hispanic and the promoters played the racial card to the hilt. When Rocco and Miguel Perez teamed up against some of the bad guys like Dick The Bruiser and Buddy Rogers, they would sell out the old Madison Square Garden with 21,000 plus (standing room only). There was also an obviously gay wrestler, Ricky Starr who wore ballet slippers as part of his act. When he fought Rocco (who wrestled barefoot), they sold out RFK Stadium (at that time Griffiths Stadium) with close to 50,000 people.