Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Paul Boesch

Paul Max Boesch

October 2, 1912
Brooklyn, NY

March 7, 1989
Sugar Land, TX

1928-29 Hoboken Germans (Independent)
1929-30 Hoboken (Independent)
1930-31 Hoboken (Independent)
1931-32 Hoboken Lisas (MBL)
1932-33 Hoboken Lisas (MBL)
1933-34 Hoboken Thoutots (ABL)

He is listed on various sites as "Hal Bosch," but after seeing his name in some boxscores spelled "Boesch" and seeing this article by Paul Boesch, the wrestling legend, I believe that the Hoboken player is indeed the wrestler.

Born in Brooklyn, Boesch's family moved to Long Beach, New York, where Paul turned his interests to athletics. He was a swimmer and played basketball, but would eventually become a professional wrestler. He was a very popular wrestler, and did very well during the Depression, traveling as far as New Zealand to wrestle. He served in the U.S. Army during World War 2, decorated with a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and a Combat Infantry Badge, among other awards. In 1947, a near-fatal car accident ended his career as a wrestler, but now living in Houston, we would go on to be a successful announcer and promoter for the sport. Boesch suffered a fatal heart attack in 1989, and was elected posthumously to the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2005.

The Wrestling News, 1981


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