BRIAN FUL­TON’S DAY IN HIS­TORY: 50 YEARS AGO

The Times-Tribune - - LOCAL - BRIAN FUL­TON,

Sam­martino was about to win his bout with Mon­soon when Kowal­ski climbed into the ring and launched a sur­prise at­tack on Sam­martino.

To­ward the end of the evening match, chaos broke out in the gym­na­sium. It started when Kowal­ski kicked ref­eree Dick Woehrle out of the ring and Sam­martino went to the aid of Woehrle.

With Sam­martino and the ref­eree out of the way, Mon­soon struck Cal­houn in the head with a horse- shoe, which ren­dered him un­con­scious. Then Kowal­ski jumped in and got on top of Cal­houn. Woehrle re-en­tered the ring and de­clared Kowal­ski the vic­tor.

The ref­eree’s de­ci­sion wasn’t taken lightly by Sam­martino and the 2,000plus crowd. The crowd booed and howled for 30 min­utes and Sam­martino staged a sit-in in the cen­ter of the ring. Those close to the ring re­ported they saw tears stream­ing down Sam­martino’s face and heard him say, “it is ter­ri­ble, just ter­ri­ble.”

WWWF Pres­i­dent Wil­lie Gilzen­berg, hear­ing the anger of the crowd, an­nounced that the al­ready sched­uled fight be­tween the four for March 15 was moved up to Feb. 28.

li­brary man­aoer, over­sees The Timestri­bune’s ex­pan­sive dioital And pa­per Ar­chives And is An Au­thor­ity on lo­cal his­tory. Con­tact Brian At bful­[email protected] timessham­rock.com or 570348-9140.

TIMES-TRI­BUNE AR­CHIVES

Ref­eree Dick Woehrle de­clares Killer Kowal­ski the win­ner in a tag-team match Feb. 11, 1969, at the Catholic Youth Cen­ter. At front, Haystacks Cal­houn is un­con­scious af­ter be­ing knocked out by Go­rilla Mon­soon us­ing a horse­shoe.

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