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HAYSTACK CALHOUN

by Joy Gough

Haystack Calhoun was a professional wrestler from about 1955 to 1975. He toured mostly on the east coast. He won two championships in tag team wrestling. I spent many a Saturday afternoon as a teenager watching him on the local television station. Wrestling fans loved him.

Haystack Calhoun was an enormous man - 6'4" and 600 pounds. He had shaggy, wavy black hair and a full black beard. All of his opponents looked like midgets next to him. He did not wrestle in the traditional trunks that other wrestlers wore; he fought wearing blue-denim, farmers coveralls. No shirt. For publicity photos he wore a chain around his neck with a horseshoe hanging from it. I mean he wore a CHAIN with 2-inch-long links. It hung to his waist and had a horseshoe that would fit a Clydesdale hanging from it.

Haystacks repertoire consisted mostly of lifting his opponent in the air, throwing him on the canvas, and lying down on top of him. His opponent could not get up with all that weight on top of him. The crowds would roar. This was what they had come to see.

I had not heard of Haystack Calhoun in many years until about 5 years ago. His daughter donated his wrestling mementoes to the Collin County Museum. I did not know until then that Haystack Calhoun was from McKinney. He is buried in Collin County.

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