<p>Frederick "Fred" Blassie (February 8, 1918 – June 2, 2003), better known as "Classy" Freddie Blassie, was an American professional wrestling villain and manager born in St. Louis, Missouri. He was a master at antagonizing the crowd, and inspired legendary animosity. He was also a one-time NWA Georgia Heavyweight Champion (later known as the NWA Wildside Heavyweight Championship). And is also a 1 time NWA Southern Florida Champion.
Blassie's parents, Jacob and Anna (née Sind), emigrated to the United States prior to the start of World War I, settling in St. Louis. Fred was an only child, which he claimed was because he weighed 15 pounds when he was born and his mother didn't want to go through childbirth again. His father was abusive and an alcoholic, and Fred often had to take refuge with his grandparents whenever Jacob would beat his mother. His parents continually separated, then reunited. At the age of 13, after his father hit his mother again, Fred threatened to attack his father with a baseball bat, but didn't do it and stayed with his aunt for six months until his mother asked him to return home. Throughout his life, Fred didn't touch alcohol after seeing what kind of person</p>