If you read some modern wrestling books they make the un-referenced claim that George Hackenschmidt consumed 11 pints of a milk a day during his wrestling career. The problem is that no old references verify this claim, nor any written statement from Hackenschmidt himself.
I have scanned old newspapers from Hackenschmidt's wrestling career heyday and none of them mention the 11 pints of milk. You would have thought if it was true that American newspapers from the early 20th century would be mentioning this but they do not. It has been alleged that Sir Atholl Oakeley attributed the 11 pints of milk to Hackenschmidt and he wrote to him about it later on in life. Hackenschmidt replied it had been a misprint and he had never prescribed that amount of milk:
Source Nigel Starck. (2006). Life After Death: The Art of the Obituary. Melbourne University Press. p. 90.Sir Atholl Oakeley, 7th baronet and heavyweight wrestling champion of Europe in 1932, who built himself up on eleven pints of milk a day for three years. This regimen had been recommended in a publication by the giant wrestler Hackenschmidt, who later told Oakeley that the quantity of milk prescribed had been a misprint.
I do not have Starck's reference though. If Oakeley had correspondence with Hackenschmidt then surely someone must be able to find this.
I am searching for where the 11 pints of milk originally came from. If Hackenschmidt said it where did he write it? What was the publication? And if it had been a misprint, that misprint must still be in publication so we can read it. I cannot find any old references to this from Hackenschmidt career period, only modern references discuss it. I suspect the 11 pints was a myth. Only modern sources seem to mention it. Of course I could be wrong, so I need help with this.
Any help digging up sources would be appreciated.
So far I have checked:
Chroniclingamerica newspaper archives
I will have a look at some others tonight.