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An American Hero

   by Mike Chapman

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Latest news:
  • July 17, 2012 - Gotch statue unveiling makes an ‘unforgettable’ event. Some 95 years after his death some 400 fans saw a magnificent statue of Gotch unveiled in his hometown of Humboldt, Iowa. The eight-foot tall bronze statue stands on a three-foot pedestal in Bicknell Park, the very spot where Gotch trained for his epic match with George Hackenschmidt, The Russian Lion, in 1911. Read more about it here.
  • January 14, 2012 - Earl Caddock is Subject of Mike's Latest Book. It tells the story of the life and athletic career of Earl Caddock, one of the greatest wrestlers in American history. Frank Gotch also plays a large role in the book. Read more about it here.
  • December 1, 2011 - Gotch Statue In Humboldt A Reality. To read the story and learn how to donate and be a part of the statue by buying a brick, click here.
  • December 1, 2011 - A new sign for a street in Humboldt, Iowa, has been erected in honor of the great world heavyweight wrestling champion, Frank Gotch. Click here to see a picture of it being installed and to read a short story about it.
  • May 9, 2011 - City of Humboldt to honor Frank Gotch with a statue in park. To read the story, click here.

Meet the Legendary Frank Gotch

Frank Gotch was world heavyweight wrestling champion from 1908 to 1915, the best known athlete of his era. He wrestled in the rough and tumble mining camps of Alaska, and in front of 31,000 fans in Chicago. Follow his story as he goes from Iowa farmboy to the most celebrated sports hero in America, and dies tragically at the age of 39.

Frank Gotch rubbed shoulders with some of the most interesting figures in early American history. You will meet Teddy Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States; legendary wrestlers Farmer Burns and The Russian Lion; boxing champions James Jeffries, James Corbett and Jack Johnson; and Wyatt Earp, hero of the Old West. They're all here in the Story of Frank Gotch, the world's greatest wrestler!

Mike is considered by many to be the nation's top wrestling historian. He has been named National Wrestling Writer of the Year five times and is the founder of the International Wrestling Institute and Museum in Newton, Iowa. He was a newspaper editor and writer for 35 years. This is his 26th book.