Oct 14, 2009 - by Steve Gerweck
Real name: Herman Rohde Jr.
Weight: 227 lbs.
Date of birth: February 20, 1921
Date of death: June 26, 1992
From: Camden, NJ
Pro debut: June 1939
Trained by: Joe Cox & Fred Grubmeyer
Finishing move: Figure Four Grapevine
- On October 7, 1959, Rogers faced “Jersey” Joe Walcott in a wrestler-boxer contest at The Forum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
- On June 30, 1961, Rogers defeated Pat O’Connor at Chicago’s Comiskey Park to win the NWA World Heavyweight title.
- In April 1963, The World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) recognized Rogers as its first champion.