Slants on Sports

The sensational success of the New York American hockey team has been attributed to the strong forward wall of Schriner, Chap-man, and Carr. Allan Murray’s work on the defense has been a potent factor in the winning streak of the Star Spangled laddies.

Joe Simpson was rather optimistic at the beginning of the season and it seems as if the chap had every reason in the world for being so. At least he had six of them and they’re on the team. He predicted a playoff berth and said that the third line would be one of the best in the league.

“Frankly speaking,” said Simpson, “I think the Americans are about thirty per cent stronger than last season. It won’t look like the same club for the only holdovers are those comprising the line of Burke, Conn, and Klein.”

One thing Joe forgot to mention is the fact that he has three good forward lines. The Klein, Conn, and Burke forward line is one of the best potent combinations in the league. Carr is a real hockey player. He once had a tryout with the Rangers. Schriner likewise is a find. The latter is a well set up fellow who plays the game for all it is worth. He wanted to come to the big time circuit last year but Simpson thought it best to keep him in Syracuse a while longer and the extra year worked wonders.

Chapman is playing the best brand of hockey on the club.

DEFENSE STRONG

As far as the defense goes the Amerks have nothing to worry about. It shapes up with any in the league. Murray and Dutton work together and Brydge and Smith form the other backline. These two backwalls alternate with the best results. Worters looks as good as ever and has been such a fixture with the Star Spangled laddies that he is almost taken for granted. His steadying presence means everything to the Amerks.

HIMES INJURY DISCOURAGING

The players on the Amerks are hot stuff but the inevitable injury jinx is knocking them for a loop. It seems that the Ice gods are behaving rather cooly towards the Dwyermen. Normie Himes will be out for two weeks because of a broken jaw. Normie, in his blue jockey cap, was the play-maker of the first line and will be sadly missed. His fancy hickory stick wielding was one of the smoothest in the league.

Brydge has only recently recovered from a knee injury and Red Dutton is getting over a badly smashed rib.

AMERICANS TO PLAY CANADIENS SUNDAY NIGHT

The Star Spangled Amerks will line up against Les Canadiens at the Garden this Sunday night. The Canadiens are a powerful sextet and no doubt will give the Amerks a run for their money.

The Americans will probably line up with Worters at goal; Burke, Carr, and Klein on the wing posts and center, and Murray and Dutton on the defense.

WHY RODMAN PUSHES PEDALS INSTEAD OF SELLING PUMPS

Jerry Rodman, the Chicago boy in the six-day bike grind at the Garden, is a bicycle rider who was picked up at the side of the road. Carl Stockholm, quite a pedaler himself in his day, saw the youngster plugging along one afternoon ahead of him.

When Stockholm drew up alongside in his automobile he braked down and asked the Jewish lad if he wanted to become a bike rider.

“Sure,” retorted the cocky kid. “What do you think I’m doing here —picking strawberries?”

Stockholm liked the youngster’s spirit and gave him a job in his store selling pumps to the ladies. Among a lot of heels, lifts and small change Jerry went down cellar and rode the rollers, a sort of indoor treadmill for bike riders in training. He rode Stockholm’s old bike on the road. The boy was only sixteen and to Stockholm it was the next best thing to riding himself in the Garden.

Rodman’s father wanted to send Jerry to college at Northwestern but Jerry took his money and bought a bicycle instead. He’s only been a pro for eight months.

SPORTING NOTES

Two former holders of the National Y.M.H.A. basketball title will come to grips when the Ninety-second street “Y” quintet plays host to the cagemen of the Atlantic City Jewish Community House this Sunday night, December 9.

A capacity crowd is expected to attend.

Boxing will be resumed under new management at Stauch’s Coney Island Arena one week from tonight when Jimmy Martin opposes Julie Katz of the Bronx.

Abie Wasserman, the willing Hebrew featherweight, is going to tangle with Mike Belloise, the Bronx Spider, in the feature six-rounder of the all-star card Monday night at the St. Nick Arena.

Bob Olin, the new Jewish light-heavyweight champion, will judge a beauty contest tomorrow night.

WINTER OLYMPICS NEEDS JAFFE AND SHEA

Jack Shea, former Dartmouth speed star and the chap who won the short sprint events in the 1932 Olympics, will not be with the U. S. Olympic team in 1935. Jack has stated that he refuses to participate in the Berlin games in view of the fact that he is convinced of German discrimination against Jews in sports.

Jaffe has turned professional.

The American Olympic winter sports team is thus deprived of two of its best speed skating stars and the A.O.T. is in the well-known spot.

Shea’s action, in view of the fact that he is a gentile, is a most commendable one. It stamps him as one of the foremost sportsmen of the day.

Jaffe was virtually forced into the pro ranks by the rulings of the A. A. U. However, Jaffe says he would not compete in the 1936 Olympics were he an amateur.

MAIL BOX QUERIES

In reply to Miss Hellman’s request for further information on the status of Ruth Aaron, national ping-pong champion: Miss Aaron is Jewish and is a resident of New York City.

Adolph Ritter von Sonnenthal, after a career as an actor, became chief manager and director of the Vienna Hofburgtheater.

Jacob de Velosino was the first Hebrew author born on American soil.

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