Al Mills & Tiny Mills
Real names: Adolph Mittlestadt & Henry Mittlestadt
From Camrose, Alberta. Initially billed as lumberjacks, and were sometimes said
to be ranchers from Missoula, Montana. Tough tag team. Of course, "Tiny" was the big
one at 6'3", 270 pounds. Very successful in Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario.
Al began his wrestling career first, and was often billed as Lord Albert Mills. In Toronto, Lord Albert Mills first appeared in 1937, had a main event match against Steve "Crusher" Casey, but then vanished and didn't reappear until 1950.
Tiny Mills's first Maple Leaf Gardens appearance was in 1953. He wore his hair very long and wild for the era. As a team, they were billed as "Murder Incorporated." Al & Tiny won Toronto's Canadian Open tag title in 1953, defeating the Canadian dream team of Whipper Billy Watson & Yvon Robert. They drew some huge houses at Maple Leaf Gardens that year. They traded the title with Watson and Hombre Montana and Ernie Dusek & Emil Dusek in 1954. They won the title again in 1955, which was the year of Al's final Toronto appearance.
In the late 1950s, Tiny teamed up with Stan "Krusher" Kowalski as the new Murder Incorporated. They held the main tag title in Minneapolis which evolved into the AWA world tag title in 1960 with Mills and Kowalski as the first champions.
As a single, Tiny had a title shot against NWA world champion Pat O'Connor at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1960. With Kowalski, Tiny Mills again won the Canadian Open tag title, defeating Watson and Ilio DiPaolo on the last Maple Leaf Gardens show of 1960. They lost the title early in 1961, and Mills never came back to Toronto. After retirement, Tiny became a sheriff in Minnesota.
"Lord Albert Mills has concluded his coast campaign. The giant nobleman scales 250 pounds and is a top flight grappler. Mills is rough, tough, and respected by his fellow mat men everywhere."
(From WRESTLING, June 1951)
"A couple of shows ago, Paul and Adrian Baillargeon met Al and Tiny Mills in the tag team main event. On that occasion, the Mills brothers proved too big a handful for referee Bill Kuusisto. That match was a rough one. It went to a draw, but upon reviewing the proceedings, it makes one wonder how the Baillargeon boys escaped with their lives. Al and Tiny pulled every trick they could think of. Most of the tricks aren't in the book. No team seen here this season have been able to do much better than break even with the two Alberta lumberjacks. They're big and tough and hard to cope with."
(From RASSLIN' ROUNDUP, Winnipeg, April 24, 1953)
- 4-time Canadian tag champions (Toronto), 1953-55
- 2-time Canadian tag champions (Alberta), 1954
- Manitoba tag title, 1957
- Texas tag champion, with Duke Keomuka, 1955
- Southern tag champion (Nashville), with Jim Austeri, 1956
- World tag champion (San Francisco), with Hombre Montana, 1958
- Hawaiian tag champion, with Stan Kowalski, 1958
- International/AWA World tag champion (Minnesota), with Stan Kowalski, 1959-60
- Canadian champion (Alberta & Ontario), 1954