Events in the sporting world during the last few days have proved the fact that the eastern athletic stronghold has been heavily attacked by western invaders and has come out on the short end.
Thursday night at the Madison Square Garden Bowl, Maxie Baer, the boy from Livermore, Cal., stepped into the largest outdoor ring in the east and soundly trounced a heavyweight champion to become one himself. Saturday afternoon at Palmer Stadium, Princeton, Glen Cunningham of the University of Kansas performed a magnificent feat by defeating Bill Bonthron of Old Nassau, on the latter’s own track in a fast-stepping mile race. The remarkable time for this brilliant achievement was four minutes six and seven-tenths seconds. Saturday evening at the traditional and colorful Pough-keepsie Regatta on the Hudson seven crews dipped their cars to vie for the shell supremacy of the country. Two boats were from the west and five boats of sweep-swingers represented the east. Notwithstanding, it was a four-mile fight between the Bears from California and the Huskies of Washington University. California won this two-sided battle after a close and thrilling finish.
Thus the legend which has grown up about the he-men from the west coast and their supremacy in sports will start anew. The Lions of Columbia at the annual Rose Bowl Classic last New Year’s day seemed to have shattered this myth for a while, when they trimmed Stanford, six to nothing. But the melody lingers on.
THE ALL-STAR GAME
In between races Saturday afternoon at the Poughkeepsie regatta we talked about baseball with Bill Corum, who was sitting next to us in the press section of the observation car. When asked to give our choice as to the probable line for the All-Star baseball game that will be held July 10, we named the following. In the American League whom we like: first base, Lou Gehrig; second base, Gehringer; third base, Dykes; shortstop, Cronin; left field, Manush; center field, Averill; right field, Ruth; catcher, Dickey; pitchers, Gomez, Grove, Whitehill.
In the National League: first base, Bill Terry; second base, Frankie Frisch; third base, Pie Traynor; shortstop, Travis Jackson; left field, Medwick; center field, Hank Berger; right field, Chuck Klein; catcher, Lopez; pitchers, Hubbell, Dean Warneke.
Put your money on this combination and you can’t go wrong. Even we would pay to get into a ball game with such a crackerjack lineup on deck.
WOMEN IN SPORTS
A woman golfer who has been heard from as the winner of many prizes and medals time and again is Mrs. Leo G. Federman. She recently scored one of the season’s outstanding upsets when she defeated Miss Helen Hicks for the metropolitan championship. Miss Hicks was the defending champion and lost by a score of 5—4 to the Lakeville golfer.
Mrs. Federman, known as one of the metropolitan’s best match players and winner of this tourney in 1930, completely routed the former national champion by means of consistent golf.
A short time ago at Purchase, N. Y., Mrs. Federman carried of the low gross honors two weeks in succession in day tournaments of the Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association.
Erich Selig, a middleweight Jewish boxer of Germany, who was the middleweight and cruiser-weight champion of Germany, is now a resident of Paris. He did quite a lot to put Germany on the boxing map, but because he is a Jew the Nazis called upon him to vacate his titles, although he was undefeated, and to return the championship trophies he had won.
In the French Lawn Tennis Championships, held at Slade Roland Garros, France, recently, Perry and Hughes, the British Davis Cup Players and the holders of the doubles trophy, were defeated in the third round by R. Menzel and L. Hecht, the Czechoslovakians. Hecht, who is a Jew and a member of the Maccabi, was the best of the four. His half-volley smashes were a feature of his play.
Dr. D. Prenn (who was barred from playing on the Davis Cup team for Germany because he is a Jew) played with H. Hoppman of Australia and defeated H. Colley and W. Hines of America.
CONEY ISLAND CAPERS
Rowdy Rudy Dusek, who beat Tony Colesano last Friday nigh in a rough and tumble slambang match, had to receive police protection in order to leave the ring. The Italian fans were so enraged at the manner in which the Omaha rowdy treated their fellow country-man that chairs and other obstacles came sailing into the ring at Dusek.
Dusek, the bad boy of the wrestling racket, slammed the Italian around the ring and with each slam the Italian gentry became madder and madder. Although he received the verdict over Colesano it only was after much difficulty that a number of specials managed to smuggle Dusek from the arena and the clutching hands of the irate Italian fans.
All this is merely incidental to an approach in telling you that Abie Coleman, the stocky but sturdy Litvack, may get a crack at the wrestling championship. It seems to us that they have been grooming Abie for just such a topflight performance and we sincerely believe he has it in him to take the measure of a champion rassler. Abie was rather lethargic at the Velodrome Friday and had to be content with a draw. Sam Kosch, the other Jewish heave and grunt man on the program, lost his match to Bert Rubi of Hungary.