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Barney Ross was selected in a poll by sports writers throughout the country as the outstanding boxer of 1934 … He was chosen the leading light-weight, the second best welterweight and the ranking junior welterweight fighter of the world … Maxie Baer was second to Barney in the national poll as the outstanding scrapper … Vinny Cavanaugh, Fordham’s new basketball mentor, rates Nat Holman as the best basketball player he ever saw … Hank Greenberg was excused from playing with the Detroit Tigers on September 20 because of the Jewish holiday … It was the first break in the season for him … Greenberg and Regell worked a triple play against the Philadelphia Athletics on July 21 … Amateur tennis expenses will be limited to three weeks in 1935 … At that some of the tennis bums can collect eighteen bucks a day while at a tournament … Bill Tilden used to list a masseur on his expense accounts and Helen Wills Moody used to have orchids sent to her room daily … Nat Holman thinks basketball faces a banner year in 1935 … “Bigger and Better than ever,” he said … Benny Leonard sees the current boxers up to the standard of the good old days.’ … Jimmy Johnston predicts the downfall of Maxie Baer in 1935 … Maxie Baer predicts the downfall of Jimmy Johnston in 1935 …?

College boys representing 1,000,000 American students favor open subsidization of college athletes. ‘If a guy’s worth fifty bucks a week for playing in the backfield of a college that nets $50,000 clear profit each season, why pay him on the line with no rotten business about it,’ they said … At one time the pitcher’s box was only forty-five feet from the home plate … With the introduction of the rubber it was moved back to its present distance of sixty feet and six inches … Buddy Baer is now the main provider for the Baer Tours, Inc…. Buddy averages about $1,000 per bout and Max spends that much per week.


Benny Leonard got eighteen dollars for fighting at the old Fairmont Club in New York … Jack Dempsey netted forty-seven smackers and Gene Tunney only fifteen at the same arena … “My fight with Ray Miller,” says Barney Ross, “was the turning point in my career” … A Jewish lad is the captain of the N. Y. U. indoor track and field men … Eddie Friedman is a relay star … There are ten Jewish sprinters on the Violet indoor squad this year … Milton Aronauer a middle distance man is a top-notch soccer player … Seven Jewish girls are on the women’s basketball squad at N. Y. U…. The National Senior Tennis Rankings for 1934 list three Jewish players in the twentieth, twenty-first and twenty-second ratings … They are Prusoff, Seattle; Feibleman, New York and Jacobs, Baltimore … Baroness Levi and Bonnie Miller are the only Jewish women represented in the first twenty-two.


Bob Olin, the recently crowned light heavyweight of the world, fights for the first time since he dethroned the Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom, the playboy of the resined arena. Bob meets Tommy Patrick tonight in New Orleans. It is part of the southern city’s Mardi Gras festival.

Olin has been up in the Adirondacks cooling off for the bout. He shoveled snow for two weeks at Sackett Lake. While he was there he trained with the Olympic Ice skaters who were there for the New York State speed skating championships. Olin, however, kept off the skates. His manager didn’t want him to flop and hurt his chances for the New Orleans scrap. His manager has several other fights lined up for the new champ with three of the leading contenders for the 175-pound title.


Its a rare hockey game that doesn’t produce its share of arguments. The Ranger-Detroit skirmish was no exception … Hockey scorers must be an ingenious race. Some one went to the trouble of figuring out that Lewis’s third goal for the Detroits was on passes from Weiland and Goodfellow— though, from all the pressbox denizens could see, it might just as well have been six other fellows … Alex Levinsky, the Jewish defense man, was sent off the ice for the sixth time this season … This time it was for tripping … Hal Starr the new Ranger defense man, is gradually becoming a popular favorite. He doesn’t advance the puck often but whenever he does, a loud cheer follows in his wake. Starr’s shots, many of them from out by the blue line, are no cinch to hold, either. He packs a lot of punch.


Despite the fact that St. John’s and City had both been defeated before their clash in the Garden last Saturday night, the packed house was thrilled by the sterling court play. The Redmen speed was matched by the Beaver pass-work. It was thrilling all the way.

This week’s bill of fare is another corking basketball dish. New York University meets Georgetown University and City, after traveling to Washington to meet the Senators, tackles Temple U on its home court.

Antonio Carvajal was the first Jew to reside legally in England under Cromwell.

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