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Marvin Mercer - Wrestling Sensation

Postby drob357 » Sat Jun 04, 2016 6:34 pm

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MARVIN MERCER
WRESTLING SENSATION


By Dale Cedo - Published in Strength & Health March 1949
Contributed by Peter Yates

"In recent years MARVIN MERCER has come into the foreground as a star professional heavyweight wrestler. The unusual agility, speed and power he displays in bouts is reminiscent of the former champion Jim Londos. Mercer like Londos has done a considerable amount of training with the weights " -Clevio Massimo.

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Re: Marvin Mercer - Wrestling Sensation

Postby DannyBoy » Sun Jun 05, 2016 9:12 am

Nice article on Marvin Mercer, he's a wrestler I'm decently familiar with. Thank you for another interesting article contribution Peter and thank you for posting the article Diane!

Marvin Mercer was born Marvin K. Gehman in Pennsylvania in 1914 and passed away in 1997. He was nicknamed "Atomic" and was a star for promoter Al Haft during the 1940s & 50s, and he held a strong claim to the World Junior Heavyweight Championship in the early 50s. Mercer defeated the great Frankie Talaber for the Ohio based MWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship in 1851. Besides Talaber, Mercer took on many greats/stars/notables during his wrestling; "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers, Jim Londos, Antonino Rocca, Chief Don Eagle, Baron Michele Leone, Ray Stevens, The Crusher, Angelo Savoldi, Eddie Graham, Al Costello & Roy Heffernan (The Fabulous Kangaroos), Mark Lewin, Bill Miller, Karl Gotch, Frank Sexton, Joe Savoldi, Yukon Eric, "Mr. America" Gene Stanlee, Joe Scarpello & Ruffy Silverstein (amongst many others).

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Ol' Bernarr Macfadden named Marvin Mercer "Mr. Physical Culture" in 1952.
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Marvin's brother Jesse Mercer Gehman, who was older by a few years, was also a professional wrestler once upon a time (under the name Jim Mercer). Jesse collected wrestling related photographs & such and I understand worked for Bernarr Macfadden. One of the collections at the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture & Sports is The Jesse Mercer Gehman Photo Collection.
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Re: Marvin Mercer - Wrestling Sensation

Postby peter yates » Sun Jun 05, 2016 5:51 pm

HI DANNY,
THANKS FOR THE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT HIS LATER CAREER. HE WRESTLED IN AN ERA WHEN THERE WERE A LOT OF TOUGH MEN AT THE TOP AND YOU HAD TO BE GOOD TO BE UP THERE.
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Re: Marvin Mercer - Wrestling Sensation

Postby DannyBoy » Sun Jun 05, 2016 11:45 pm

peter yates wrote:HI DANNY,
THANKS FOR THE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT HIS LATER CAREER. HE WRESTLED IN AN ERA WHEN THERE WERE A LOT OF TOUGH MEN AT THE TOP AND YOU HAD TO BE GOOD TO BE UP THERE.
REGARDS,PETER.

No problem Peter. I've read that Marvin Mercer was a great in-ring performer and I believe he was the real deal as well, what's known as a 'shooter' (where as a guy like "Mr. America" Gene Stanlee was just a 'worker', though he had a good physique too).
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