New Wrestling at the Chase book and how you can meet the author plus wrestlers Ric Flair or Cowboy Bob Orton, Jr.

From Press Release

How is it that four simple words, “Wrestling at the Chase” can stir vivid and special memories across multiple generations of people across our nation?

Reedy Press announces the release of the nnew local interest book, Wrestling at the Chase by Ed Wheatley.

When Sam Muchnick and Harold Koplar had a chance conversation on a plane in the fall of 1958, they had no inclination that their unique idea would turn into the iconic program Wrestling at the Chase. Spanning multiple generations of fans, the premier of the show in 1959 would launch a phenomenon and the onset of professional wrestling’s golden years. Today, the WWE rules television and arenas nationwide, but without the leadership and promotion of this show, it may never have reached the standing it enjoys today.

Hundreds of men and women, dressed to the nines, would be drawn ringside every Saturday night in the Khorassan Room of the opulent Chase Park Plaza Hotel while hundreds of thousands more tuned in at the stroke of nine to enjoy the spectacle. They would marvel at such heroes of the sport as Bruiser, the Fabulous Moolah, Gorgeous George, King Kong, and Nature Boy. Then the next morning, a brand new audience of thousands would tune in for the re-airing of the show. The fans loved it. Since most Americans couldn’t come cheer their idols in person, Sam Muchnick, who was the Vince McMahon of his day, brought wrestling to the living rooms of America.

Emmy-award winning producer Ed Wheatley brings the story of professional wrestling’s rise to prominence to life in this exciting, ride-of-a-lifetime book. The book is filled with hundreds of photos and stories, as well as personal tales from those involved both inside and outside the ring. See how the three legs of the stool (the location, the delivery, and the product) came together in Wrestling at the Chase to support nearly three decades of entertainment that today still provide countless memories for past, current, and future generations.

Wrestling at the Chase is available wherever books are sold.  Book Details: Wrestling at the Chase, by Ed Wheatley, ISBN: 9781681063447, hardcover 11 x 11, 168 pages, $39.95

There are several upcoming book signings including one with Ric Flair:

Scheduled Events for Wrestling at the Chase

Book Signing featuring Cowboy Bob Orton

Wednesday, October 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

West End Grill & Pub

358 N. Boyle

Open to the public


Book Signing featuring Ric Flair

Thursday, October 7 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Missouri Athletic Club

405 Washington Avenue

Saint Louis, MO 63102



Book Signing

Saturday, October 9 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Swansea Firehouse

144 Huntwood Road

Swansea, IL 62226

Open to the public


Book Signing

Saturday, October 30 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Belle-Clair Fairgrounds

200 S Belt E #2650

Belleville, IL 62220

Open to the public


Presentation and Book Signing

Tuesday, November 23 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Alpha Brewing Company

4310 Fyler Avenue

Saint Louis, MO 63116


Free and open to the public


Presentation and Book Signing

Wednesday, December 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Men of Beaumont Luncheon

Lombardo’s Restaurant

10488 Natural Bridge Road

Saint Louis, MO 63134

Ticketed Event


2022 Presentation and Book Signing

Thursday, March 24 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

The Downtown Rotary Club

The Missouri Athletic Club

405 Washington Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63102

A Rotary Membership Event


About the Author

Ed Wheatley is an award winning author, film producer, and sports historian. He is also a weekly sports contributor on a St. Louis drive time radio program.  His book, The St. Louis Browns-The Story of a Beloved Team, received numerous accolades and awards including Sports Collectors Digest selection as the best book published on baseball in 2017, a 2017 nomination for the Lawrence Ritter Award by the Society for American Baseball Research for the best book in baseball, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch selected his recent book, Baseball in St. Louis-Little Leagues to Major Leagues as one of the top 25 books of 2020. Recently two of his books were selected in a Book Authority buyer’s guide of the “100 Best Baseball Books of All Time”. He has produced two films shown on the PBS network that each received EMMY award nominations, as well as a win in 2020. His films were also selected for inclusion in the prestigious National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Annual Film Festivals in 2018 and 2019.


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