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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Opening night

   October 18, 1940 -- If you find yourself driving down at the foot of Main Street today, you might want to take a moment and remember Memorial Auditorium. After all, it celebrates the anniversary of its first sporting event today.

   That was a professional wrestling card. In the featured bout of the evening, Tony Kawka beat Jerry Monahan. A crowd of 6,267 watched the action.

   In other results, Ed Don George beat Joe Savoldi. George was born in North Java and wrestled at St. Bonaventure University. He represented the United States in the 1928 Olympics.

   After that, Frank Taylor downed Jake Patterson, Juan Humberto beat Lee Henning, and Joe Cox drew Sol Slagel. If this doesn't convince you that practically everything can be found on the Internet, nothing will.

   By the way, the first actual event in Aud history was a Wendell Wilkie rally. That took place two days before the wrestling card. Wilkie lost to Franklin Roosevelt in the 1940 Presidential election.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.