Original 1932 Photo Ed “Strangler” Lewis vs. Dick Shikat


Original press photograph from June 9, 1932. Excellent condition, measures 9 inches x 7 inches, clean, sharp corners, no folds or creases. Depicts Lewis “wrapping up” Dick Shikat during their match at the Madison Square Garden Bowl. This is a historic match between Ed “Strangler” Lewis and Richard Dick Shikat. It was June 9, 1932 and two of the greatest catch wrestlers of all time faced off in the MSG Bowl. This match was for the NYSAC version of the Heavyweight Championship.


Long Island City, Queens, New York:  Thursday, June 9, 1932
(Madison Square Garden Bowl) … Ed “Strangler” Lewis b. Dick Shikat (1:06:07) (Lewis
earned a match with World Champion Jim Londos in September) … Fritz Kley and Leon
Pinetzki drew (20:00) … Sandor Szabo b. Norton B. Jackson (10:51) … Ivan Leskinovich
b. George Hagen (10:21 )… Roland Kirschmeyer b. Joe DeVito (6:17) … Matros Kirilenko
and Jack Washburn drew (10:00) … George Calza and Herb Freeman drew (20:00) …
(promoter:  Jack Curley) … (25,000 fans) … (gate:  $65,000) … (benefit for the Free Milk
Fund for Babies, Inc.)
Note:  The opening show at the Madison Square Garden Bowl.