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Encyclopedia > Earl Caddock

Earl Caddock (February 27, 1888 - August 25, 1950) is a professional wrestler who was active in the early portion of the twentieth century. The first man to bill himself as "The Man of 1,000 Holds," Caddock was arguably pro wrestling's biggest star between of years of 1915 to 1922. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s The 20th century lasted from 1901 to 2000 in the Gregorian calendar (often from (1900 to 1999 in common usage). ...

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Early life

Earl Caddock was born February 27, 1888 in Huron, South Dakota to parents of German Jew hertitage. His family name may have been "Caddach," "Craddock," or "Caddack," but he used the spelling "Caddock" exclusively throughout his wrestling carreer. Huron is a city located in Beadle County, South Dakota. ...


As a child he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and the family moved to Chicago where he could be treated. Swimming was recommended as part of this treatment and he was given a membership in the local YMCA to facilitate this. During his time at the YMCA young Earl Caddock was exposed to wrestling. Tuberculosis (commonly shortened to TB) is an infection caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which most commonly affects the lungs (pulmonary TB) but can also affect the central nervous system (meningitis), lymphatic system, circulatory system (Miliary tuberculosis), genitourinary system, bones and joints. ... Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ... YMCAs in the United States and Canada use this logo. ... The Wrestlers from Uffizi Gallery, Florence. ...


After his father was killed in a bizarre accident in which he fell down a manhole, Earl Caddock moved to his uncle's farm in Anita, Iowa. In Iowa he continued to wrestle, and won many local titles. PEPCO (Electric Company) manhole cover, Washington This is a sewer manhole. ... Anita is a city located in Cass County, Iowa. ... State nickname: The Hawkeye State Official languages English Capital Des Moines Largest city Des Moines Governor Thomas Vilsack (D) Senators Chuck Grassley (R) Tom Harkin (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 26th 145,743 km² 0. ...


Amateur carreer

In 1907 Earl Caddock returned to Chicago to enter college at The Hebrew Institution. There he recieved further training from Benny Reubin and joined the Chicago Athletic Association. It was around this time that he met Charlie Cutler and Ernest Kartje, two professional wrestlers. Many of the results of his matches from 1909 to 1914 are not known, but he clearly was a dominant wrestler at this time. From 1914 to 1915 Earl Caddock won the AAU Lightheavyweight Championship twice, and the AAU Heavyweight Championship once.


Professional carreer

Through Cutler and Kartje, Caddock was introduced to Frank Gotch and Martin 'Farmer' Burns who began to train him for Professional wrestling. On June 8, 1915 Earl Caddock made his professional debut in a match against Jesse Westergaard. His popularity grew and on April 19, 1917 he defeated Joe Stecher for the World Title in Omaha, Nebraska. Frank Gotch in a published photo Frank Alvin Gotch (April 27, 1878 - December 17, 1917) was an American professional wrestler. ... Martin Farmer Burns was a world champion wrestler as well as wrestling coach and teacher. ... The NWA World Heavyweight Championship The National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Championship is a title in professional wrestling. ... Motto: Nickname: Location in Nebraska Founded Incorporated 1854 1857  County Douglas County Borough {{{borough}}} Parrish {{{parrish}}} Mayor Michael Fahey Area  - Total  - Water 307. ...


In December of 1917 a tournament was held with the winner to be declared World Champion. Caddock walked out of this tournament over promoter Jack Curley's refusal to bill him as World Champion. Wladek Zbyszko won the tournament and was declared the new World Champion. The appetite for a match between Caddock and Zbyszko was fierce and on February 8, 1918 it happened. The result was predictable with Caddock once again becoming World Champion. In August of that year his wrestling carreer was temporarily put on hold for his service in the First World War. In genetics, a promoter is a DNA sequence that enables a gene to be transcribed. ... Clockwise from top: Trenches in frontline, a British Mark I Tank crossing a trench, the Royal Navy battleship HMS Irresistible sinking after striking a mine at the battle of the Dardanelles, a Vickers machine gun crew with gas masks and a Sopwith Camel biplane. ...


Caddock was dischraged from the Army on June 1, 1919 and returned to his carreer in wrestling. The World Title had changed hands a few times while he was at war and was now once again held by Joe Stecher. A match between the two was immediately set. On January 30, 1920 fans packed Madison Square Garden to see Stecher defeat Caddock. Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, has been the name of four arenas in New York City, United States. ...


Caddock's carreer continued successfuly for the next few year but he wouldn't be in another World Title match until 1921. In January of that year Caddock faced Ed Lewis for the title. Caddock's loss to Lewis in this match resulted in a near riot. Another title match in November againt Stanislaus Zbyszko resulted in another failure to recapture the World Championship. Edward Strangler Lewis (real name Robert Herman Julius Friedrich he changed his name because his parents didnt approve of wrestling) (born June 30, 1891, in Nekoosa, Wisconsin - died August 8, 1966 New York he was blind once, recovered, which he atributed to a prayer, but became blind again during... Stanislaus Zbyszko (Polish: Stanisław Zbyszko) was a professional wrestler popular in the United States during the 1920s. ...


Earl Caddock's final match took place on June 7, 1922. He lost his last bid to regain the World Title to Ed Lewis.


Retirement from pro wrestling

After he retired from wrestling Earl Caddock would continue to run his own bussiness which he started while still wrestling. He ran a Ford agency selling cars, tractors and heavy machinery to farmers in Walnut, Iowa. He would also go on to become President of the United Petroleum Corporation. Earl Caddock died in 1950 after major surgery for a heart attack. Walnut is a city located in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. ... A myocardial infarction occurs when an atherosclerotic plaque slowly builds up in the inner lining of a coronary artery and then suddenly ruptures, totally occluding the artery and preventing blood flow downstream. ...


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