-Joe Gollob



Card Date 52/07/22 Oshawa, ON Oshawa Arena Att: 500
Fred Atkins/Roberto Pico W Pat Flanagan/Bobo Brazil
Billy Stack W Abe Zvonkin
Dave Simms D Tiger Tasker

Long time Ontario Referee Joe Gollob seems an interesting character.
After a somewhat non-noteworthy boxing career in the 30's the Montreal native became
a Wrestling referee and handled many big bouts at MLG, as well as in Oshawa, Kingston
and other spots around Ontario.

Likely because of his boxing background he seemed to take a lot of bumps
not only from the Wrestlers, but also co-referees boxers Jersey Joe Walcott and Joe Louis
- and on many an occasion also the fans !

He was involved in several riots in Oshawa, one noted in the clip posted above
as well as in Kingston in 1954. On both occasions they would run with a 'heel ref' angle.
In Oshawa he would quick count the fan favorites and fail to 'see' the heels' indiscretions.
Ultimately they would bring in another referee to even it up and old Joe would get thumped
again by a combination of the ref and/or wrestlers.

Roger Baker Photo from the Billy Stack page with Gollob at right
Billy Stack Photos


 

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