Famed wrestler Captain Lou Albano passed away this afternoon in Carmel, New York, he was 76 years old. The cause of death is listed as “Natural Causes”
Having grown up in the 70s and 80s I remember him as a badass wrestler & manager who helped usher in the world of wrestling and help make it what it is today. His connection with Cyndi Lauper created a union between the WWF and the music world in what was later billed the “Rock N Wrestling” era, which included the introduction of Wrestlemania. Albano began his wrestling career in the early 50s and he eventually switched over to manager where he helped guide numerous wrestlers to a slew of titles.
Because Captain Lou left wrestling in 1986 before the current collecting age began, he does not appear in many releases, most notably the 1985 Topps WWF set and the 1991 Image Wrestling Legends set. The ‘85 Topps set contains 2 Albano cards and 3 stickers and the ‘91 Wrestling Legends set contains an on-card Captain Lou autograph. You can actually pick up every card & sticker of Captain Lou including the hard-signed auto and still receive change back from a $10 bill. It does not seem fitting for such a legend.
Now if we could just forget about his acting career: