Slants on Sports

We dropped in at the Park Central Hotel the other day and were whisked up to the nineteenth floor. A bellhop showed us to His Majesty’s suite. A beautiful girl answered our knock. We were escorted by two former pugs, really awful looking mugs, to the sanctum sanctorum. We found the ##ing of Fistiania gazing into a mirror and yodeling, “All I do the whole day through is dream of you.”

“Hi, Maxie,” says we, as we plumped the old carcass in one of those ‘try and get up chairs,’ “What’s this I hear about you being a good pinochle player?”

“Nope,” retorted the California Baer, “I don’t think I’ll fight again this year. The night air in the Bowl is bad for my voice and I have to think of my dear public.”

“Is there any truth in the story that your next picture is going to be made with Mae West as your leading lady? And is the title to be ‘Go West, Young Man, Go West?’

“I can take it, young feller,” said the champ modestly, “but let me remind you if she starts anything I’ll have her on the ropes in the first round.”

At this point fourteen bill collectors, three blondes and twenty-six tailors entered the room. When we left there were fourteen bill collectors, twenty-six tailors, and two blondes.

FOOTBALL, SWIMMING AND THE MACCABIS

To the already long list of great athletes who are serving on the executive board of the United States Maccabi association the names of Harry Newman, former all-America quarterback and captain at Michigan University, and Al Schwartz have been added.

Schwartz was captain of the Michigan University swimming team several years ago and was captain of the United States Olmpic team at Los Angeles. He is the holder of several intercollegiate swim records and is at present a member of the Illinois A. C., the club that started Johnny Weissmuller on the road to international recognition.

Schwartz has for his cochairman of swimming a woman who was one of the world’s most brilliant aquatic stars. She is Miss Charlotte Epstein, present coach of the Women’s Swimming Association. In all probability the two chairmen will make the Maccabi swimming calendar hum with activities when the September sport season rolls around.

Likewise with football, Harry Newman, now playing professional ball with the New York Giants, will have Benny Friedman, his teacher at Michigan when he was a freshman. With Benny and Harry both in New York during the coming football season, there is no reason why a Jewish football team should not make a name for itself either in amateur or professional ranks.

Dave White should be commended on his fine choice of men to serve in these advisory capacities.

GREENBERG, DANNING AND WEINTRAUB

The name of Hank Greenberg has been burning up the wires lately. Every flash that comes in from the tank towns where the Detroits play tells an old story. “Hank Greenberg smashes double with two on.” The Tigers are leading and as we said a few weeks ago it’s due to the spirit and slugging of the Bronx lad Mickey (himself) Cochrane said. “That fellow on first is just a rookie, yet he handles the first sack like an old-timer. His trips to the bat are not to be whistled away. He comes through when hits are needed. He still lacks the experience of a Terry or a Gehrig but he’s only twenty-one and has been around but two seasons. Keep your eye on him.”

In fifteen trips to the plate this past week he walloped the ball for nine hits, got three passes, and drove in six runs.

Phil Weintraub, down in the chain gang of the Nashville nine, is doing his best to make a break for liberty and big time. So carefully have his plans been laid to reach the Polo Grounds by next April, that he has his batting average near the .450 marker. His fielding in the asparagus beds of the Vols’ ball park make him look anything but the inexperienced man who romped through the daisy fields while the Giants were circuiting the grapefruit league. We’ll hear from this fellow.

And then again, there’s Harry Danning, who played such heads-up ball at Miami last March that Bill Terry felt convinced his stay on the Giants’ roster would be well-rewarded. And can Terry guess right. To date, Danning, a third-string catcher, has been in twelve games and has stepped up to the home sack thirteen times. Earning five hits for himself he has chossed the plate three times and has batted in four runs to merit a .385 batting average for Ma Danning’s pride and joy.

Can it be that we’ll actually have a ball club with a couple of Jews on it next year in this tank town?

TUNE IN, FOLKS!

Jocko Maxwell, Whom sports commentator, gives a good account of happenings in the world of sports Thursday nights at seven and Friday afternoons at two-thirty. Jocko will broadcast news of interest to Jewish sport fans, too.

THE SPORTING CALENDAR CONEY ISLAND VELODROME, WRESTLING

Rudy Dusek, one of America’s roughest wrestlers, will clash with Gino Garibaldi, Italian champion, in the feature attraction to a finish at the all-star wrestling show tonight at the Velodrome.

Sandor Szabo grapples Black-stock in a time-limit bout. Szabo and Marshall, two evenly-matched performers, are both seasoned veterans and have been groomed for tonight’s tussle. Cordovano, of Columbia, will rough it with Bromowitz, Polish Hercules.

Eli Fischer, of Rutgers and Erasmus, and more lately of Jack Curley’s stable, meets Gene La Due of Canada.

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