Ricki Starr 1931-2014

Ringside reader Gary just told me that Ricki (Ricky) Starr died on September 20th at age 83. Sad news. A ballet dancer who turned pro wrestler in 1952 or 1953, Starr did more to "gay up" the squared circle than even Gorgeous George--and, unlike George, he was a babyface whom fans adored, perhaps the first babyface to use the "gay gimmick." I'm attaching links to previous blogs devoted to Starr and his unique persona here and here.


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