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Stanley E. Myslajek Papers


Stanley E. Myslajek (1911-1995) started his career as a professional wrestler in 1932. In 1947, Myslajek began promoting matches in Raleigh and Durham.This collection of materials relates to the series of 26 matches that Myslajek made and promoted in Raleigh during a single season that lasted from September 4, 1947, to May 13, 1948, plus a single post-season match on June 25, 1948.

Title

Stanley E. Myslajek Papers

Collection Number

PC.1918

Date(s)

1947 - 1948

Language

English

Physical Description
Items
650
Genre/Physical Characteristic

Manuscript, typescript, printed, and Xerox copies. Count includes news releases, newspaper clippings, printed memorabilia, photographs, 6 large posters, and 1 bound financial journal.

Abstract

Stanley E. Myslajek (1911-1995) started his career as a professional wrestler in 1932. In 1947, Myslajek began promoting matches in Raleigh and Durham.

This collection of materials relates to the series of 26 matches that Myslajek made and promoted in Raleigh during a single season that lasted from September 4, 1947, to May 13, 1948, plus a single post-season match on June 25, 1948.

Physical Location

For current information on the location ofthese materials, please consult the Public Services Branch, State Archives of North Carolina.

Creator

Myslajek, Stanley E.

Repository

State Archives of North Carolina


Except for the posters, which are filed with  oversize materials from private collections, and the volume of financial records, the papers in the collection are arranged chronologically under the date of each wrestling match.


Available for research.


Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.


Processed by George Stevenson, April, 2002

Encoded by Ashley Yandle, June, 2002


Stanley E. Myslajek (1911-1995) of Minneapolis, Minnesota, was coached and trained for professional wrestling by Joe Stecher, "the Nebraska Farm Boy" whose famous "body scissors hold" gained him the United States heavyweight championship in 1915, 1920, and 1925. Myslajek began professional wrestling in the midwest in 1932, then widened his range over the next decade to take in Texas, California, and Seattle and the west coast. During this period he adopted the ring name of Stan Mayslack. During World War II he worked for the U.S. Navy in an arms plant and wrestled for the entertainment of allied troops under the auspices of the United Service Organization. After the war he returned to the wrestling circuit, taking part in matches on the eastern seaboard. There having been no professional wrestling in Raleigh since 1938, Myslajek decided in 1947 to attempt to revive it by arranging and promoting matches in Raleigh and Durham.


Stanley E. Myslajek (1911-1995) of Minneapolis, Minnesota, was coached and trained for professional wrestling by Joe Stecher, "the Nebraska Farm Boy" whose famous "body scissors hold" gained him the United States heavyweight championship in 1915, 1920, and 1925. Myslajek began professional wrestling in the midwest in 1932, then widened his range over the next decade to take in Texas, California, and Seattle and the west coast. During this period he adopted the ring name of Stan Mayslack. During World War II he worked for the U.S. Navy in an arms plant and wrestled for the entertainment of allied troops under the auspices of the United Service Organization. After the war he returned to the wrestling circuit, taking part in matches on the eastern seaboard. There having been no professional wrestling in Raleigh since 1938, Myslajek decided in 1947 to attempt to revive it by arranging and promoting matches in Raleigh and Durham.


[Identification of item], PC.1918, Stanley E. Myslajek Papers, State Archives of North Carolina, North Carolina Division of Historical Resources, Raleigh, NC, USA.


Gift, Richard P. Myslajek, New Brighton, MN, 2001.


Additional information on topics found in this collection may be found in the Manuscript and Archives Reference System (MARS) at  http://www.ncarchives.dcr.state.nc.us


This collection of materials relates to the series of 26 matches that Myslajek made and promoted in Raleigh during a single season that lasted from September 4, 1947, to May 13, 1948, plus a single post-season match on June 25, 1948. During this season Myslajek brought in wrestlers of wide celebrity: Babe Zaharias, Fred Blassie, Jack Dillon, Wally Dusek, Primo Carnera, Martin Levy ("the Blimp"), and Maurice Tillett ("the French Angel"). He also introduced North Carolina wrestlers into his Raleigh matches: Eddie Pope of Rocky Mount, Bibber McCoy of Statesville (a Boston native). Al Massey of Princeton, Pete Managoff of Newland, and Marvin Hutchinson of Charlotte. Taking a hint from Jim Crockett (d. 1973) who had been promoting wrestling in Charlotte since 1934, and who had successfully promoted matches between women wrestlers in the Queen City, Myslajek brought women wrestlers to Raleigh in 1948: Nell Stewart, Mae Weston, Helen Hild, Jaunita Coffman, Dottie Dotson, Rose Evans, and Theresa Theis. His Raleigh referees included Jack Dempsey as well as local figures such as Joe Murnich of Charlotte, wrestler and former University of North Carolina boxing star and coach.

The papers include press releases sent to the  News and Observer or  Raleigh Times newspapers that sometimes include "biographical skits" of the wrestlers or referees; radio spot announcements furnished to local radio stations WRAL, WPTF, and WNAO; newspaper clippings; photographs; and wrestling posters. (Two of the posters are for matches Myslajek put on at the armory in Durham.) Ephemera include examples of tickets, passes, and a flyer for matches in Raleigh and Durham. A nine-column financial journal dating from January 14 to June 30, 1948, records the receipts and disbursements arising from the wrestling matches held in Raleigh during that period.

Except for the posters, which are filed with  oversize materials from private collections, and the volume of financial records, the papers in the collection are arranged chronologically under the date of each wrestling match.


This collection of materials relates to the series of 26 matches that Myslajek made and promoted in Raleigh during a single season that lasted from September 4, 1947, to May 13, 1948, plus a single post-season match on June 25, 1948. During this season Myslajek brought in wrestlers of wide celebrity: Babe Zaharias, Fred Blassie, Jack Dillon, Wally Dusek, Primo Carnera, Martin Levy ("the Blimp"), and Maurice Tillett ("the French Angel"). He also introduced North Carolina wrestlers into his Raleigh matches: Eddie Pope of Rocky Mount, Bibber McCoy of Statesville (a Boston native). Al Massey of Princeton, Pete Managoff of Newland, and Marvin Hutchinson of Charlotte. Taking a hint from Jim Crockett (d. 1973) who had been promoting wrestling in Charlotte since 1934, and who had successfully promoted matches between women wrestlers in the Queen City, Myslajek brought women wrestlers to Raleigh in 1948: Nell Stewart, Mae Weston, Helen Hild, Jaunita Coffman, Dottie Dotson, Rose Evans, and Theresa Theis. His Raleigh referees included Jack Dempsey as well as local figures such as Joe Murnich of Charlotte, wrestler and former University of North Carolina boxing star and coach.

The papers include press releases sent to the  News and Observer or  Raleigh Times newspapers that sometimes include "biographical skits" of the wrestlers or referees; radio spot announcements furnished to local radio stations WRAL, WPTF, and WNAO; newspaper clippings; photographs; and wrestling posters. (Two of the posters are for matches Myslajek put on at the armory in Durham.) Ephemera include examples of tickets, passes, and a flyer for matches in Raleigh and Durham. A nine-column financial journal dating from January 14 to June 30, 1948, records the receipts and disbursements arising from the wrestling matches held in Raleigh during that period.


  • Blassie, Fred.
  • Carnera, Primo, 1906-1967.
  • Coffman, Jaunita.
  • Dempsey, Jack, 1895-
  • Dillon, Jack.
  • Dusek, Wally.
  • Hild, Helen.
  • Hutchinson, Marvin.
  • McKoy, Bibber.
  • Managoff, Pete.
  • Massey, Al.
  • Mayslack, Stan.
  • Myslajek, Stanley E.
  • Mortensen, Clara.
  • Murnich, Joe.
  • Pope, Eddie.
  • Stewart, Nell.
  • Tillett, Maurice.
  • Weston, Mae.
  • Zaharias, Babe Didrikson, 1911-1956.
  • Women wrestlers
  • Wrestlers.
  • Wrestling matches.
  • Durham (N.C.)
  • Raleigh (N.C.)

Box: PC.1918.1  
Match files

Box: PC1918.2  
Financial Record

Box: PC1918.3  
Wrestling Posters