D: Drake - Dubuque
"Catalina" George Drake
Our distant memories of George Drake are that he looked just as you would expect a visiting Californian superstar to look. Mind you, if he had used his real name of Roland Hogg the image may not have been quite as effective. Bronzen, handsome and looking the part of the nice boy next door we do recall him upsetting fans with his rugged style on occasions. He came to Britain in the winter of 1963, drawing with John Da Silva in the main event at the Royal Albert Hall. It was a more fortunate result for George when he returned to the Royal Albert Hall in November, 1965, using a Japanese leg lock to secure the winning submission over John Cox. In a tragic end to his life George Drake committed suicide on 28th December, 1967. He was aged 39.
Andre Drapp, the Lion of Lorraine was a muscular French heavyweight who had won the Mr France title in 1947 and was runner up in the 1948 Mr Universe competition. Having worked in the United States during the early 1950s he returned to Europe in 1957, and made his British debut in September of that year. In January 1958 he knocked out Judo Al Hayes at the Royal Albert Hall. He was a frequent visitor to Britain during the first half of the 1960s, with wins over all the top heavyweights. During his last visit he wrestled on the BBC's 1965 show from Brighton, which can be read about in our story, The Other Side of Wrestling. Andre Drapp retired from wrestling in 1974, aged 52.
Middleweight from Marseilles who was a frequent visitor to Britain during the 1950s. Our earliest discovery of him is wrestling Arhtur Fisher at Hastings in April, 1952. Other opponents included Mick Mcmanus, George Kidd, Jim Lewis and Alan Colbeck.
A 1930s visitor to Britain first appeared in January, 1936, losing what was described as a skilful contest against George Modrich. He was proclaimed as the heavyweight champion of South Africa. Last seen in 1939 which may have comprised of more than one visit.
Born in New York in 1927 to an American father and Russian mother Gene Dubuque was an amateur body builder Gene Dubuque who won the the 1947 "Mr New York City” title. He turned his attention to professional wrestling a couple of years later, working around New York and then across America before venturing overseas. Following an Australian visit in 1952 he came to Britain during the 1953-54 winter, facing the likes of Jim Foy, Jack Pye, Norman Walsh and Dave Armstrong. Dubuque later continued his wrestling career in the USA and many readers of Heritage will remember reading of his exploits in American magazines as Magnificent Maurice. Gene Dubuque was killed in a plane crash in 1974.
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