Frank Gotch

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Birthday
26, 1878
Birthplace
Humboldt, IA
Death Date
Dec 16, 1917 (39)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
26, 1878
Birthplace
Humboldt, IA
Death Date
Dec 16, 1917 (39)

About

One of professional wrestling's biggest stars of the early years of the 20th century.

Before Fame

He acquired his legendary strength from a childhood of farm labor, and used it to quickly make a name for himself on the wrestling circuit.

Trivia

In one of the biggest sporting events of the year he wrestled and defeated the world champion 'Russian Lion' George Hackenschmidt in front of a crowd of 40,000.

Family Life

He was born in Humboldt, in north central Iowa, one of nine children of German immigrants Frederick Rudolph and Amelia Gotch.

Associated With

At the height of his fame he got to rub shoulders with the great celebrities of the day, like his own childhood hero, the bare-knuckle fighter John Sullivan.