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Fields Brothers (Don & Bobby)

Don Fields (1932-2012)

Real Name - Donald Wayne Hatfield
Lifespan - ?/?/1932 - 9/18/2012
??? -
Osage County, OK
Athletic background -
Teachers -
Charlie Carr
Professional background - Mobile(`54-`59), Gulf Coast(`59-`63)
Aliases - Don Lane

Bobby Fields (1934-2011)

Real Name - Luther Eugene Hatfield

Lifespan -3/3/1934 - 8/13/2011

??? - Osage County, OK

Athletic background - Basketball
Teachers - Charlie Carr
Professional background - Missouri(`54), Mobile(`54-`59), Gulf Coast(`59-`78), Tennessee(`67), Florida(`68), SECW(`78-`79)
Aliases -Bobby Meadows, Bobby Star, Luke Fields

Professional Background (as a team) - Gulf Coast(`55-`63),  Tennessee(`59-`60)

Peak Years - `55-`60

Place in History - Bonnie Welch, the daughter of Nashville promoter Roy Welch, married Virgil “Speedy” Hatfield and would raised three of the biggest stars in the history of Gulf Coast wrestling.  The oldest, Lee led the way for his brothers.  He adopted the shortened surname Fields, perhaps to avoid the negative connotation with the Hatfields (from whom he descended), whose feud with the McCoys in the most famous family feud in American history.  In the 1950s, Lee rose through the ranks and his brothers followed closely behind.  They worked for their grandfather in Tennessee and cousin Buddy Fuller in Alabama.  Curiously, the brothers became Bobby Star and Don Lane for a time and the relationship between the three Fields brothers was not acknowledged for a while.  In 1959, Lee bought the promotion and formed Gulf Coast Championship Wrestling and soon brought his brothers in to help him run the Mississippi end of the territory and be top stars for him.  Bobby was an exciting, highflying babyface while Don was more traditional babyface and they took on many of the legendary tag teams of the era - the Interns, the Fargos, the Corsicans, the Greene Brothers, the Dirty Daltons, the Mighty Yankees and on and on.  The territory did quite well and attracted some excellent talent who enjoyed the warm weather, the beaches and the reasonable drives.  A car accident ended Don’s in-ring career in 1963, but he remained a force behind the scenes.  Bobby and Lee began teaming and even had a run in Florida borrowing the Infernos gimmick.  The Gulf Coast operation was running strong as it stretched from Western Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, throughout Mississippi and Alabama and even attempted an short-lived expansion into Tennessee opposite Nick Gulas.  By 1972, Lee had shifted a lot of his focus to racing and bought into the speedway in Mobile.  He sold out to Buddy Fuller’s son Ron in 1978.  Bobby worked for a while longer, but focused more on his own businesses.  The family involvement in pro-wrestling did not end either as two of Bobby’s sons, Randy and Shane, became referees, while Don’s son Johnny Wayne Fields, wrestled some.  In more recent years, Don threw himself into the organization of the annual Gulf Coast Reunions.  Different from the Cauliflower Alley Club and the various Fanfests, these reunions focused almost exclusively on talent and kept fans at arms length.  They are now one of the premier old-timer gatherings.  Bobby passed in 2011 and Don the following year.