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Art Lasky, the orthodox Jewish boxer from the Coast who took the measure of Steve Hamas, in their fight two months ago at the Garden only to drop a close decision, will fight Herr Maxie Schmeling for the chance to meet Baer and a crack at the world’s championship.

Lasky appealed the “duke” to the State boxing commission which ruled that Hamas would have to give Lasky a return bout. The Pride of Penn State refused to comply with the decision of the commish and as a result has been ruled out as a contender for the heavyweight laurels.

“Hamas doesn’t want to fight anybody,” Jimmy Johnston, the Garden promoter, said in announcing that he would go to Chicago next week to sign Lasky as an opponent for Maxie Schmeling in an elimination bout next February.

“We have Baer’s contract for the next defense of the title,” Johnston explained,” and we don’t think Hamas is qualified as a contender.”

Lasky at present is in Chicago where he will fight King Levinsky November 23. He is under blanket contract to the Garden and Jimmy Johnston’s trip West will be for the purpose of arranging details for the Schmeling bout.


Benny Friedman’s Beavers will suffer the annual loss due to graduation that is the bane of every coach’s existence. At least eight grid warriors played their last game for Alma Mater last Saturday and of this number three were the mainstay of the Lavender eleven during the past football season.

Adolph Cooper, triple threat man and one of the best quarterbacks at St. Nick terrace since the brilliant playing days of Bernie Bienstock, was the sparkplug of the Beavers and his absence will be felt next season.

Paul Sidrer, veteran backfield man of three years standing and Jose Gonzales are scheduled to leave via the diploma route too. Other seniors on this year’s squad were Milton Levin, Irving Weber, Lester Rosner, and Meyer Atkins.

However, Benny Friedman must be commended for the fine showing the City College team made under his mentorship. In his first season as coach Benny’s teams won four games and lost three. It is the first time in four years that a C.C.N.Y. eleven has had more than a .500 average for its season’s total.

Friedman has unearthed several youngsters who are sure to make the grade next year. Likewise he has discovered latent football ability in quite a number of boys who never even thought they could hold a ball.

Nevertheless, even a Benny Friedman can’t work miracles at a college like C.C.N.Y., but what he has accomplished thus far is very much near the mark. We take our hats off to this football master.


The new Hakoah Soccer Club, a combination of the old Hakoahs and the Jordans, seems headed for a banner year. Even before this merger these two great amateur teams were playing heads up ball. Last year the Hakoahs were the league leaders in the race for honors in the “A” division of the German-American league. The Jordans, a comparatively new club, nevertheless had the best young talent in these parts. Their team played one of the finest brands of soccer that we have ever seen in the East. This group played on the style of the former Hakoah All-Stars and as a result had a great following in the Bronx. The fans, as we have said before, would rather see these young Jordans perform than watch a proteam cavort on the field.

This fusing of two great clubs should make for an excellent brand of soccer in the metropolitan area.

Max Sholom, who at one time played with the Jordans, is only one of the expert goal booters on the team. Ben Glassman, topnotch goalie, seems to have his position cinched and performed admirably last week in the Hatikvah game. Others are the Liss boys, Max Slone, brother of the great Phil, and Max Ruback.


From the Jordans, now on the combined Hakoah team, there came Jack Nagler, who played in Vienna several years ago, and who, in our estimation, is the best technician in amateur ranks. It is said of him that he “can make a soccer ball talk.” Chester Marks, former all-scholastic while in high school, is another star soccerite on this club. Sid Breitbart is one of those talented all-round young men you find on every good team. He is such an adept at this game that he can be out in any position and fill it to perfection. He is twenty years old and hails from Europe where he learned the game.

Kid Liss, who played for his junior high eleven and who is a soph in high school, is following in the steps of his older brother. Abe Rothman, another youngster who has shown a great deal of playing ability, played at James Monroe High. He, too, learned his technique in Vienna.

Charles Young, captain of the new team, Harry Yaeger, Novack, and Abe Roth are a few others whose splendid performances on the soccer field have kept the Hakoahs in the sporting spotlight.

The boys are just as good on a dance floor as they are on the field. Every Sunday night they gather at the Hollywood Gardens on Prospect Avenue and strut their stuff. Their new club house will be opened next week.


The Star Casino has scheduled an all-star wrestling program for tonight’s bill. Out of the seven matches on the card four of the heave and grunt men are Jewish. Greeks, Russians, Poles and Italians are also part of this league of nations attraction.

In the feature finish attraction Carlos Henriques will tackle Tony Brunello. This rassling match should be a thriller. Both laddies are fighters. Sammy Cohen, one of the Jewish contenders for the burping honors of Harlem, will grapple with Serge Dimitrioff, of Russia. Leo Shepsky, former star football player at St. John’s is another rassling Litvack and will meet Paul Finsky in a thirty minute special. Sidney Devremburg, one of the new Jewish sensations takes on Harry Scott and should furnish plenty of thrills, burps, and grunts.

The Star Casino is located at 107th Street and Park Avenue in New York City. First match goes on at eight-thirty this evening.

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