Wrestling in St. Louis has a vibrant history: Matches at the Chase were a weekend staple for more than twenty years and, more recently, the South Broadway Athletic Club had been the popular go-to spot for the sport -- though the venue has fallen on hard times, and its future is uncertain.
For this week's feature story, artist Tim Lane looks at the life of St. Louis native and superstar wrestler Penny Banner. Despite a difficult youth that included stays in an orphanage and threats on her life, she rose to stardom as the first women's champion of the American Wrestling Association.
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