Two Jewish athletes helped cause the biggest upsets of the week in the sporting world by their remarkable playing ability. By a strange coincidence both these startling reversals of form occurred Tuesday.
Baroness Maud Levi, the former Maud Rosenbaum of Chicago, is the Jewish tennis ace who defeated Betty Nuthall, one of England’s greatest women court players. The Baroness had not been playing such crackerjack tennis this year and it was almost a certainty she would be defeated by Betty of Britain.
The moguls of the United States Lawn Tennis Association have been shaking their collective heads all week as a result, because it is feared by them that the Baroness will not draw such a huge gate as Betty Nuthall.
Baroness Maud Levi has been around in the tennis world for some time. She was number seven in national ranking last year, number two in the 1932 Eastern ranking. She set a unique record in 1933 by winning in four weeks’ time as many major tournaments, namely, the Eastern clay court, New York State, New Jersey State and the Metropolitan Clay Court Championships.
Although Hank Greenberg didn’t live up to expectations as the “most feared batter in the American League” last Tuesday, his playing around first base helped the Detroit Tigers considerably when they shellacked the Ruppert Rifles in the twin bill at the Stadium.
At the same time, Millicent Hirsch, eighteen – year – old girl, lasted until the second round of the tournament before she went down to defeat. She’s a great little sportswoman and a gallant loser.
CANZONERI US. DUBLINSKY
Early in March we got a New Orleans flash telling us that Harry Dublinsky, formerly of Chicago and points West, had been designated as Public Enemy No. 1 by the Jewish fight fans there. Dublinsky kayoed Eddie Berliner, a local Jewish hope and pride, in the fifth round of a thrilling bout.
Now it seems, these same Jewish fans are hot on Dublinsky’s trail asking him to come back to New Orleans and do the same thing to Huey Long. They claim that any one who could beat Eddie Berliner could take Huey like a Sands Point rest room. (Sands Point, fans may remember, is the place where Long took a pasting).
But, what we’re getting at is that in this same column in March we predicted that Harry Dublinsky would be heard from before the Summer was over. We felt sure that a man with Dublinsky’s punch could not be kept in the preliminary class. His lightning-like left hand lashing out to strike at an opponent’s chin marked him as a man who would not stay in the whistle stops and way stations of the country. He was slated for the big time circuit and dough.
And now, Harry Dublinsky, the Jewish lightweight who was born in Milwaukee in 1908, is scheduled to fight against that ever popular Italian flash, Tony Canzoneri, next Wednesday night at Ebbets Field.
Al Weill, the boxing mogul who puts on these shows in Brooklyn, seems to have an ace up his sleeve and a handful of trumps in this event. It is a good match and up to Weill form. Perhaps, Al, being Jewish himself, knows exactly what the Jewish fight fans want.
WINNER TO MEET BARNEY ROSS
Tony Canzoneri is aching for a third crack at the lightweight title. Harry Dublinsky is striving for it as do all up-and-coming youngsters. The Boxing Commission has ruled that the winner of next Wednesday’s fight will be the logical contender for Barney Ross’ crown.
Dublinsky’s fight record goes back to 1926 when he beat five men via the kayo route and lost but two matches. Since then his record has been marked by a series of victories of which even an old-timer would be proud.
Bill Steiner, the twenty-two-year-old Jewish lad, who has been galloping these last few years under the aegis of the German-American Athletic Club, has become a member of the United States Maccabi Association.
Steiner is the fellow who covered the twenty-six mile grind last March in world’s record time. The watches clicked 2:23 05 for this magnificent run. This mark is more than eight minutes faster than the Olympic record set in 1932 by Juan Carlos Zabala, at Los Angeles in the Olympic Games.
A mile run is considered a grueling grind, but when we stop to consider the courage and stamina that are needed to finish in a race twenty-six times as long, it is remarkable indeed that even seventeen men out of a field of thirty-seven entrants completed the course. This victory assumed new proportions when it was learned that Steiner was the only Jewish lad to cross the finish line in that world-breaking marathon classic.
With Steiner running for the Maccabi Association, this organization looms as one of the greatest threats to organized competition as a point winner. Should Steiner enter the marathon event for the Maccabi, in all probabilities he will be pitted against Paul De Bruyn of the German-American A. C. A match between these two incomparable distance men recalls the race that was held last March.
The last mile proved the greatest thrill of all. After running on practically, even terms for nearly twenty-five miles, Steiner and De Bruyn, both entered from the same club, realized that the race was to be decided between them. The rest of the field was far behind. Matching stride for stride these two running machines approached the last half-mile marker. Here it was that Steiner unleashed a burst of speed that was heartbreaking to his teammate and rival, De Bruyn. The latter matched steps with Bill for 100 yards, but found the pace so terrific and gruelling that he Lad to fall back. Steiner crossed the line 200 yards ahead of De Bruyn, a winner and new champion.
SPORTING CALENDAR CONEY ISLAND VELODROME
Gine Garibaldi, Italian mat champion, can clinch the opportunity to meet Champion Jim Browning in Coney Island if he tosses Abe (King Kong) Kashey, Syrian champion, in the feature match to a finish at the Coney Island Velodrome Friday night.
Promoter Otto Bass assured Gine that Browning was his if he succeeded against Kashey and gave the Italian further incentive by promising him a shot at Jim Londos should he take Browning for a buggy ride and a strangle hold.
Dr. Harry Fields, the latest Jewish sensation, will be pitted against Wee Willie Davis of Virginia, in a special attraction. Also on the same card, Sam Cordovane meets Floyd Marshall and Jack Washburn goes against Henry Piers.
FORT HAMILTON POST SUNDAY, POLO
Ben Jacobs, Brooklyn’s favorite polo star, will once again lead the Fort Hamilton division unit into action against the Blindbrook polo team of Northern New Jersey.
Both units carry a goal handicap of nine, and a close contest is expected.