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There are no Jews on the famous Black Sheep football team at Sing Sing. . . . Millicent Hirsch, who rated No. 1 in the 1933 tennis listings, No. 1 in the 1932 Eastern tennis ranks, and No. 4 in national ranking last year, is the latest well – known American athlete to become a member of the Maccabi. . . . She is only eighteen years old. . . . City College basketballers are not permitted to play football. . . Benny Schwartz is the latest Jewish wrestling sensation from California. . . . Irwin Klein, who figured in the downfall of the C. C. N. Y. basketball team last season, helped his team considerably on the gridiron Saturday when the Lavender tried to match the Violet. . . . Dave Smukler, Temple fullback, still has a split lip and a lot of loose teeth as a result of having his face stepped on in the Holy Cross game. . . . It isn’t the fact that he will have to wear a face guard on the remaining games this season that bothers him but he likes steaks better than anything else and he can’t eat them in his present shape. . . . Moe Berg, Jewish baseball star now traveling in Japan, was offered $5,000 for his moving pictures by Fox Films. . . . Running true to form, Moe is holding out for bigger odds. . . . Harry Nelson is the only Jewish gridder on the Indiana University’s line-up this year. . . . He plays tackle. . . . The only thing that Dave Smukler of Temple will not eat is a football. . . . It’s not kosher. . . . Joe Savoldi, the jumping lad from Notre Dame, tossed Eli Fischer, the rassling kid from Rutgers, on his ear for the seventh time. . . . Isaac Kashdan, who lost out to Samuel Reshevsky at the Syracuse meeting in August for the New York State chess championship defeated Sammy at New Bedford the other night. . . . Jackie “Kid” Berg’s wife is a theatre critic for a London newspaper under the name of Bunty Pain. . . . The sentiment of the athletes around town on the “Biggest Jewish News of the Week” contest is that they’ll have a better chance in the non-student division. . . . It seems their professors don’t consider them as students. . . . Abe Coleman, the heave and grunt man who burped and tossed most of the belchers in the East last year, is making a strong comeback in California. . . . He’s slated for a match with Jim Browning. . . . ?


The first annunal “Honor the Athlete” dinner of the Maccabi Association will bring together men and women who have made athletic history in this country. A host of sports stars, including Benny Leonard, Hank Greenberg, Harry Newman, Nat Holman, Irving Jaffe, will attend this dinner on Wednesday, November 14. It will be held at Town Hall.

An interesting speaking program has been prepared and a large gathering is expected.


While a couple of million people are still out of work, many of the most prominent boxers refuse to ply their trade regardless of whether they eat or not.

It’s gotten so that promoters and matchmakers anxious to give the customers good fights can’t make the prima donnas see the light, let alone get in the ring and do their stuff.

For the most part the cauliflower ladies want to pick their spots; some of those who have made good fights demand either top billing or bouts with champions.

Here’s a few cases in point: Eddie Cool, the Irishman who whipped Al Roth in the Garden last week, has informed promoter Jimmy Johnston that he will not condescend to box men of his own rating, insisting that he deserves a shot with champion Barney Ross, Canzoneri or Frankie Klick.

Canzoneri will only fight Ross.

Klick must have either Ross or Canzoneri.

Lou Ambers wants Klick and will not fight Roth.

This guy Barney Ross must be a popular fellow! He’s willing to fight, but there’s a bitter tale behind the scenes. Barney was offered $30,000 for a fight with Tony Canzoneri. The Bulletin announced this fact three weeks ago and stated at the time that Barney would refuse. Barney’s managers refused this staggering sum merely because of a principle and a personal dislike.

WhenRoss was just a preliminary fighter, struggling for recognition, he got no assistance from the Garden. His overtures for desirable matches were rejected with such a heavy coat of sarcasm that Pian, one of the champ’s handlers vowed that he would never fight for the Garden unless that organization first paid through the nose, literally speaking.

Acquainted with most of the facts in the case and inclined to sympathize with Ross, the State Athletic Commission will not attempt to bludgeon Ross into a bout. There is a rule that a champion must defend his title at least once exery six months. Ross hasn’t fought at the lightweight limit for over a year.

“Ross has been a great credit to the game,” said Commissioner Bill Brown, “and he and his handlers have dealt cleanly with us. Consequently we’re inclined to give him every consideration in this affair.


Benny Schwartz, California Hebrew and demon of the flying tackle, is paired against Maurice La Chapelle of France at the Coliseum tonight in the feature finish attraction.

Schwartz has been sensational since he invaded the East, knocking his opponents dizzy with some of the most sensational brand of wrestling seen in local arenas in the last decade.

The Coliseum, despite the fact that it’s in the Bronx, is one of the best local arenas in the city, usually offering the wrestling fans the best show in town. The Coliseum has been going strong for the past few years and indications during the last performances point to a highly profitable season for the management.

The Garden could pick up a few pointers from this small – time club. The Coliseum gives the fans plenty of action with crackerjack cards. The Schwartz-Chapelle fracas is a natural. In the semi-final, Joe Banaski tackles Hans Schnabel.

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