Sammy Menacker

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New York City, New York, USA
Slammin' Sam Menacker personified Wrestling. Born Frank Menacker in 1915, Sam became a famous wrestler (or "Rassler") in the 1940s. His high-profile character even got him some movie roles, his most famous being one of the 10 strongmen in "Mighty Joe Young" (1949) where, alongside onetime world boxing champion Primo Carnera, and actor Henry Kulky, they had a tug-rope match with the giant ape. Around 1960, Sam migrated to Indianapolis where, retired from wrestling, he did color commentary for the American Wrestling Association, and after 1964 for the World Wrestling Association, on local WTTV Channel 4. Read more...