A Gorgeous George story

This is not strictly about a hero or an icon; in fact, it’s about Gorgeous George, whom we listed as the No. 2 heel of all-time in our 2007 book, The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Heels. But it’s a story told by a babyface, and since I don’t have any idea where else I can use it, I’ll add it to this blog.

He was always working an angle.

The story comes from Dave Levin, whom we’ve talked about before. He’s someone I really wish I could have sat down with and talked wrestling history, but he suffered from Alzheimer’s and passed away in 2004 before Greg and I got cranking on our books. Fortunately, he left behind a couple of interviews he did with some acquaintances in his home of Oceanside, Calif. To set it up, remember that Levin had his ankle fused after a near-fatal infection from a rope burn in 1937. That kept him out of the military in World War II, so he wound up serving his country at a shipyard:

Anybody who was wrestling at the time, their bodies were pretty well beat up. I went down to the draft board and was examined and they turned me down. Then I told them I could run a tank, it was up at Camp Cooke. My father-in-law had a ranch up there. I got in one of the tanks and they let me drive it. I could do that and I told them I could that. And they told me, “Just take it the way it is. We don’t want to support you guys for the rest of your lives.” So a lot of wrestlers were 4-F because of injuries and things like that.

Gorgeous George, you want to hear a story about him? He was 4-F too. He was in the shipyard where I was. We both worked in the shipyard. But George got his leg hurt in a wrestling match. The next day when he came to work, he managed to climb the ladder on the ship he was working and he “accidentally” fell off the ladder. And compensation then took care of his leg. Leave it to Gorgeous George to figure out a way to do it. A lot of 4-Fs, we were solid enough but the Army didn’t want to take us.



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