Wrestler Dick Shikat Original Photo 1936 vs. Ali Baba Madison Square Garden


Original press photograph from 1936 featuring Dick Shikat vs. Ali Baba during their match at Madison Square Garden on May 5. Excellent condition, measures 8 1/2 inches x 6 1/2 inches, with original paper caption and stamp verso. Clean, sharp corners, a crystal clear image!

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May 5 1936 Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY:   Ali Baba defeated Dick Shikat in 53:37 to win recognition as NY World Champion. Also Ernest von Heffner defeated Joe Corbett, Dave Levin defeated Chief Little Wolf, and John Murphy drew with Maurice LaChapelle. Attendance was 4,000. Promoter was Jack Pfefer with help from Al Haft, The Johnson Brothers and Adam Weissmuller. With Jack Curley gone, the Garden had become an European house, that could be used by any promoter who could produce $4,200 rent.   …..Thanks Steve Yohe…

Ali Baba defeats Dick Shikat in New York City, NY at Madison Square Garden to become World champion in New York. Attendance: 4,000. Fans and news writers in California question whether the new World champion is former Ventura promoter Harry Ekizian with many believing it isn’t (it is.)  In other matches: Ernest Von Heffner (AKA: Dutch Hefner) defeated Joe Corbett… Chief Saunooke defeated Max Martin (AKA: Terry McGinnis)… Ivan Rasputin battled Cowboy Len Hughes to a no contest… Dave Levin defeated Chief Littlewolf… Salvatore Johnny Balbo defeated Les Ryan… John Murphy battled Maurice LaChappelle to a draw.