Wrestling at the Chase legend Harley Race dies at the age of 76

The 8-time NWA Champion died of lung cancer at his home in Troy, MO

Tom Franklin
August 02, 2019 - 7:53 am

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TROY, Mo. (KMOX) — A Missouri pro wrestling legend has passed away.

Harley Race died Thursday of lung cancer at the age of 76.

Race was the National Wrestling Alliance world champion a total of eight times, defending his title against the likes of Ric Flair, Lou Thesz, "Cowboy Bob Orton" and countless others. He made his pro wrestling debut in St. Joseph, Missouri in 1960. His career would lead him to the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis, where he was a fixture on "Wrestling at the Chase" broadcasts on KPLR and the National Wrestling Alliance. 

He also spent time with the American Wrestling Alliance and World Wrestling Federation.

He grew up in Missouri, ran a wrestling school out of Eldon, and was living in Troy at the time of his passing.