Lima Sports Imposed Upon By Bogus Wrestlers

Originally Published in The Mansfield News, Saturday, August 8, 1908, Page 10.

The Lima sports have finally tumbled to the fact that they were being bamboozled by a lot of alleged fake wrestling matches. A.I. Ackerman, who has been making his home in Lima for some time, was matched to meet a man claiming to be Fred Beell, the Minnesota wonder. It developed later that it was not the real Beell, but a ringer. The betting was lively and the Lima men bet their money on Ackerman. Manager Charley O'Day of the Marion base ball team bet $400 on the alleged Beell. The latter won the first fall and Ackerman took the second fall. Beell then won the third fall and match. Stakeholders in many instances refused to pay the bets and some one ran away with the box office receipts. Mayor Becker announced he will not permit any more wrestling bouts as long as he is mayor.

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