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Harley Race
Ring name(s) Harley Race
Jack Long
The Great Mortimer
Billed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Billed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Born April 11, 1943(1943-04-11)
Quitman, Missouri, U.S.
Died August 1, 2019(2019-08-01) (aged 76)
St. Charles, Missouri, U.S.
Billed from Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Trained by Stanislaus Zbyszko
Wladek Zbyszko
Buddy Austin
Ray Gordon
Gus Karras
Debut 1960
Retired 1991

Harley Leland Race (April 11, 1943 – August 1, 2019) was an American retired professional wrestler. He was best known for wrestling for the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), American Wrestling Association (AWA), World Wrestling Federation (WWF), and World Championship Wrestling (WCW).

He was one of only six people to be inducted into each of the WWE Hall of Fame, the WCW Hall of Fame, the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame.

On March 1, 2019, Race's close friend Ric Flair announced that Race was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.[1] He died five months later on August 1 from the disease in St. Charles, Missouri, aged 76.[2]

Championships

  • All Japan Pro Wrestling
    • NWA United National Championship (one time)[3]
    • NWA World Heavyweight Championship (two times)[4]
    • PWF World Heavyweight Championship (one time)[5]
  • All Star Pro-Wrestling (New Zealand)
    • NWA World Heavyweight Championship (one time)[4]
  • American Wrestling Association
    • AWA World Tag Team Championship (three times) (with Larry Hennig) (replaced by Chris Markoff in their final reign)[6]
  • Cauliflower Alley Club
    • Iron Mike Mazurki Award (2006)
  • Central States Wrestling
    • NWA Central States Heavyweight Championship (nine times)[7]
    • NWA North American Tag Team Championship (Central States version) (one time) (with Roger Kirby)[8]
    • NWA World Heavyweight Championship (one time)[4]
  • Championship Wrestling from Florida
  • Continental Wrestling Association
    • NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Championship (two times)[12]
  • Eastern Sports Association
    • IW North American Heavyweight Championship (one time)[13]
  • Georgia Championship Wrestling
    • NWA Georgia Heavyweight Championship (one time)[14]
    • NWA Macon Tag Team Championship (one time) (with Buddy Colt)[15]
    • NWA World Heavyweight Championship (one time)[4]
  • Maple Leaf Wrestling
    • NWA World Heavyweight Championship (one time)[4]
  • Missouri Sports Hall of Fame
  • National Wrestling Alliance
    • NWA Hall of Fame (Class of 2005)[17]
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI Match of the Year (1973) (vs. Dory Funk, Jr. on May 24)
    • PWI Match of the Year (1979) (vs. Dusty Rhodes on August 21)
    • PWI Match of the Year (1983) (vs. Ric Flair on June 10)
    • PWI Stanley Weston Award (2006)
    • PWI Wrestler of the Year (1979)
    • PWI Wrestler of the Year (1983)
    • He was ranked #8 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003.
  • Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum
  • St. Louis Wrestling Club
    • NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship (seven times)[19]
    • NWA World Heavyweight Championship (one time)[4]
  • Stampede Wrestling
    • Stampede North American Heavyweight Championship (one time)[20]
    • Stampede Wrestling Hall of Fame[21]
    • St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame
    • (Class of 2007)
  • Tokyo Sports
    • Match of the Year Award (1978) (vs. Jumbo Tsuruta on January 20)[22]
  • World Championship Wrestling (Australia)
  • World Championship Wrestling
    • WCW Hall of Fame (Class of 1994)[24]
  • World Wrestling Association
    • WWA World Heavyweight Championship (one time)[25]
  • World Wrestling Council
    • WWC Caribbean Heavyweight Championship (one time)[26]
  • World Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
    • Wrestler of the Year (1980, 1981)
    • Match of the Year (1983) (vs. Ric Flair at Starrcade)
    • Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 1996)

1Even though the championship was almost always used and defended in the Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling promotion, there were some times where it was won and defended through agreements with other wrestling promotions. Race was awarded the title with the explanation that he defeated Johnny Weaver in a tournament final while wrestling on a card for Championship Wrestling from Florida

References

  1. https://www.solowrestling.com/new/78845-ric-flair-revela-que-harley-race-padece-cancer-terminal
  2. "WWE Superstars and Legends mourn the passing of Harley Race". WWE. https://www.wwe.com/article/harley-race-passing-superstar-reactions.
  3. "NWA United National Heavyweight Title history". Wrestling-Titles. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/alljapan/un.html. Retrieved 2014-2-18.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 "NWA World Heavyweight Title history". Wrestling-Titles. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/alljapan/un.html. Retrieved 2014-2-18.
  5. "PWF World Heavyweight Title history". Wrestling-Titles. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/alljapan/pwf-h.html. Retrieved 2014-2-18.
  6. "AWA World Tag Team Title history". Wrestling-Titles. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/awa/awa-t.html. Retrieved 2014-2-18.
  7. "NWA Central States Heavyweight Title history". Wrestling-Titles. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/centralstates/nwa/cs-h.html. Retrieved 2014-2-18.
  8. "NWA North American Tag Team Title (Central States) history". Wrestling-Titles. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/centralstates/nwa/cs-na-t.html. Retrieved 2014-2-18.
  9. "NWA Florida Tag Team Title history". Wrestling-Titles. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/fl/fl-t.html. Retrieved 2014-2-18.
  10. "NWA Southern Heavyweight Title (Florida) history". Wrestling-Titles. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/fl/nwa/fl-south-h.html. Retrieved 2014-2-18.
  11. "NWA/WCW United States Heavyweight Title history". Wrestling-Titles. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-us-h.html. Retrieved 2014-2-18.
  12. "NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Title history". Wrestling-Titles. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/tn/nwa/midam-h.html. Retrieved 2014-2-18.
  13. "Maritimes North American Heavyweight Title history". Wrestling-Titles. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/canada/maritimes/esa/esa-na-h.html. Retrieved 2014-2-18.
  14. "NWA Georgia Heavyweight Title history". Wrestling-Titles. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ga/ga-h.html. Retrieved 2014-2-18.
  15. "NWA Macon Tag Team Title history". Wrestling-Titles. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ga/nwa/macon-t.html. Retrieved 2014-2-18.
  16. "Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Inductee: Harley Race". Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. http://mosportshalloffame.com/inductees/harley-race/. Retrieved 2014-2-18.
  17. "National Wrestling Alliance Hall of Fame". Wrestling-Titles. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/nwa/hof.html. Retrieved 2014-2-18.
  18. "Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum Inductees". Wrestling-Titles. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/hof/pwhof.html. Retrieved 2014-2-18.
  19. "NWA Missouri Heavyweight Title history". Wrestling-Titles. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/mo/mo-h.html. Retrieved 2014-2-18.
  20. "Stampede Wrestling North American Heavyweight Title history". Wrestling-Titles. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/canada/ab/stampede/ab-na-h.html. Retrieved 2014-2-18.
  21. "Stampede Wrestling Hall of Fame (1948–1990)". Wrestling-Titles. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/canada/ab/stampede/ab-na-h.html. Retrieved 2014-2-18.
  22. "東京スポーツ プロレス大賞". Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). http://www.tokyo-sports.co.jp/wrestling/wrestling_past1/. Retrieved 2014-2-18.
  23. "IWA World Tag Team Title history". Wrestling-Titles. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/australia/wcw/au-iwa-t.html. Retrieved 2014-2-18.
  24. "WCW Hall of Fame Inductees". Wrestling-Titles. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/hof.html. Retrieved 2014-2-18.
  25. "WWA World Heavyweight Title (Indianapolis) history". Wrestling-Titles. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/in/wwa/in-wwa-h.html. Retrieved 2014-2-18.
  26. "WWC Caribbean Heavyweight Title history". Wrestling-Titles. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/pr/wwc/carib-h.html. Retrieved 2014-2-18.
  27. "WWC Caribbean Heavyweight Title history". Wrestling-Titles. http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/pr/wwc/carib-h.html. Retrieved 2014-2-18.

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