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Jungle Boy

Jungle Boy

August 1952: Wrestler known as “Jungle Boy” poses for Los Angeles Times photographer Art Rogers.

This photo by retired staff photographer Art Rogers accompanied a Los Angeles Times Aug. 26, 1952, column by Don Synder reporting:

The night has a thousand eyes. They glow like burning coals full of hate, blood, vinegar, old lemon juice and cigar smog. From their darkened sanctuaries they peer maliciously at the snarling figure before them.

For out there, on the white square where central lights beam down on the rope-caged canvas lurks the hairy horror. He is Jungle Boy, wrestler at large.

Small children sneer at him. Big men jeer at him. Medium-sized women leer at him. All other sized fans sneer, jeer and leer at him simultaneously.

It is one madhouse of screams inside the Olympic emporium. It is so noisy the barking crackerjacks man cannot put over his bargains.

“Keel herm!” shouts one. “Moida da bum!” heaves another. “We ain’t a scart of ya!” cries a kid with a waving lollypop.

It is as obvious as wool on a sheep’s back. Nobody likes the hedgy-headed one…

The identity of Jungle Boy is unknown. He is mentioned in a several Los Angeles Times wrestling briefs during the summer of 1952.

This image by Art Rogers won first place feature photo in the 1953 Associated Press contest for California and Nevada.

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3 Comments

  1. January 10, 2014, 12:31 pm

    He wrestled by the name of The Missing Link.

    By: PT1020
  2. January 11, 2014, 4:38 pm

    Chances are "Jungle Boy" was Jacob Grobbe…a Dutch born wrestler who performed in the US under that name from 1950 – 1953. Although Grobbe usually wore a mask…which he lost during five matches over his career…his timeline of active years, time spent in the US & the promotions he worked for make this a high probability…although like the nickname "Nature Boy", "Jungle Boy" was used by a number of professional wrestlers as a nickname over the past 60 years…but this is the best guess as to who this wrestler was.

    By: AMandFM@gmail.com
  3. January 11, 2014, 11:12 pm

    I believe this is Lou Bertucci

    By: kitsch

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