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That was a pretty good column you had in the News last Saturday. However, it did take you quite some time to get hep to the fact that there was a baseballer by the name of Greenberg. He has been around these parts for years and it seems to me that this is the first crack out of the box you made to boost him along. But, we certainly agree with you when you call Andy Cohen a schlemmiel (I see by the spelling, Paul, that you could make an excellent Litvack with a half hearted stab at the herring and potatoes.)

Kidding aside Gallico, we think you’re a nice feller. It seems to us though that you could rate three aces with one in the hole if you’d just ante the Jewish athletes a bit more than you have. There are plenty of them around who are top notchers in every sport.

Notwithstanding, it does make us feel fine to see that you say “Today, however, he is playing first base in the great Detroit infield and bids fair within a year’s time to become one of the great sluggers of baseball, in a class

Kidding aside, Gallico, we think even Ruth.” Them’s mighty nice words, stranger. A little more of this now and then and you could be Mayor of the Bronnix and King of the walk along Delancey street.

But then again, Paul, now that you have seen for yourself that Jews in sports can be topnotchers, let’s hear what you have to say on the question of American participation in the Berlin 1936 Olympic Games in face of racial and religious discrimination?


It seems to us Colonel, that you’ve been around more than your Daily News pal, Gallico. That was quite evident from the column you wrote last Friday. You asked ‘why no Jewish Golf kings?’ and followed it up with the statement that it’s the ‘Only sport they’ve missed.’

That’s where you’re out in front and way ahead of this chap Gallico. He just has reached the stage where he’s discovered Andy Cohen was a schlemmiel and a galatzianner and because of a trip to Detroit couldn’t help but notice that Greenberg hammers the balls for singles and doubles and doubles and triples all day long.

Then again you realize the potentialities of what real news is when you say, “A Jewish guy is beating Sarazen. That is news. It has never been done before. I mean there has never been a Jewish guy who took hold of a tournament before. There have been Jewish guys who took hold of baseball games, football games, tennis matches and swimming races but never a golf championship.”

You must realize immediately, Colonel Joe, that the mere fact that you know so much about Jewish athletes puts you in a class all by yourself when compared to Paul Gallico. In fact, you’re even in a different school.


I’m glad you put in the bit on how Jewish boys can become golf champs. It’s right up my alley and I’m passing it on to the folks. I mean the part where you were talking with Gene and he answered, “Do you want to know why there are no Jewish champions at golf? Well, I’ll tell you. They do not caddy. You know what I mean by that. The young Jewish boys do not come out on the course and carry bags. They stay in town and work in offices. Barron is an exception. He started from the bottom like all of us. It took all I had to beat him. One of these days he may be the world champion. He’s got enough on the ball to do it. And I don’t think he has to change his name to Mac-Tavish either.”


Mr. Herman Barron is a Jewish golf professional. Before Williams had seen this man play he said, “Strangely enough there are no Jewish golf professionals who amount to anything. It so happens that for some reason or other golf is the one sport at which Jewish people do not succeed—or maybe they do not try to succeed at it.” Whatever it may be Sarazen hit the nail on the head above.

It doesn’t matter what club Herman Barron is pro for nor does the fact that he’s a comparative unknown mean much either. What really becomes the vital factor is that Herman Barron, the Jewish pro nearly took the great Gene Sarazen for a buggy ride on the Buffalo golf links last week.

We’ll be hearing more from this Barron feller in the near future.


Plans have been formed for a boxing show sponsored by the Non-Sectarian Anti-Nazi League, of which Samuel Untermyer is president. In all probabilities this monster boxing benefit will be held early this Fall. Proceeds of the show, which will bring together two of the leading heavyweights in the world, will go toward defraying the expense of the boycott against Nazi goods being conducted by the League.


Henry “Hank” Prusoff, fast-paced, rangy number one Pacific Northwest tennis player who just won the Tri-State singles championship at Cincinnati, this week captured his second tennis title east of the Mississippi, when he was crowned Ohio State Champion.

Harry Kessler, fifteen-year-old tennis star of the Pacific coast has just won the Northwest Boys’ championship. He won the title playing last week against the tennis stars of all the Northwest cities. He has been named to the all-city tennis team in Seattle.

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