The Italian Temper: Alphonse “Babe” Bisignano


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“Say the name, instant recognition. Instant prestige if he called you by name.” – Chuck Offenburger.

Boxer, bootlegger, restaurateur, promoter, cook book author, entrepreneur, and of course, if you’re reading this, you probably already know he was a professional wrestler. Alphonse “Babe” Bisignano had a tumultuous childhood which left him striving for more. This colorful story of an icon in the city of Des Moines, Iowa, takes you along his journey from shining shoes to a friend of the White House. From dodgy dealings to a pillar of the community.

Babe had anecdotes for days, and you’ll understand exactly why once you’ve read the about his incredible life. While all aspects of his life are covered, Jimmy Wheeler of the Professional Wrestling Historical Society naturally dove deep into the pro-wrestling side of Babe’s life. He had quite the connection with the business. Starting in the 1930s there are tales of hijinks on the road, behind the scenes goings on, the confrontation that ended his in-ring career, a major lawsuit, and finally how pro-wrestling came back around into his life much later on.

Number of pages: 136.

Books signed by Jimmy Wheeler.

Additional information

Weight 7 oz
Dimensions 6 × .4 × 3 in