Frank Alvin Gotch (April 27, 1878 - December 17, 1917) was an American professional wrestler credited for popularizing professional wrestling in the United States. He competed back when the contests were largely legitimate (see catch wrestling), and his reign as World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion (from 1908 to 1915) is the second longest in the history of wrestling. He became one of the most popular athletes in America from the 1900s to the 1910s.
He was the first inductee to both the Professional Wrestling Writers Hall of Fame in Latham, New York and the Lou Thesz/George Tragos Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in Newton, Iowa; his professional wrestling record is 154 wins and 6 losses.
Learn more about Frank Gotch at www.frankgotch.com.