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Shag Thomas - born James Thomas on August 11, 1924 in Columbus, Ohio was a professional wrestler during the 1950s and 1960s. He was one of the few African-American wrestlers of his day.
Thomas began wrestling during a time when segregation in professional wrestling was still taking place in some territories and promotions throughout the United States. He gained prominence while wrestling in the
Northwest Territory for promoter Don Owen. Owen did not segregate his wrestlers, and Thomas flourished there winning the Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship twice and the Tag Team Championship 16 times. Thomas retired in 1969 after defeating Roger Kirby by disqualification in his final match. After retirement he refereed wrestling matches unil 1972 when he briefly came out of retirement to battle the
Thomas died of a heart attack on July 25, 1982.
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