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Kingfish Levinsky, Chicago Jewish heavyweight managed by the inimitable ‘Leaping Lena’ Levy, wants to team up with Huey Kingfish Long, Louisiana Senator.

Levinsky figures that two Kingfishes will be invincible so he has wired Long to come North to second him in his fight against Art Lasky at the Chicago Stadium, November 23. Levinsky has agreed to pay Huey’s expenses… (Levinsky had better watch his step—Huey may decide to bring his entire L. S. U. student body along).


Maxie Rosenbloom will defend his light heavyweight championship of the world against Bob Olin, of Brooklyn, tonight at Madison Square Garden in a fifteen round clash.

Rosenbloom, termed ‘Slapsie Maxie’ by ring experts, calls himself “Slugger Rosey.” He has held the 175-pound title for four years. Although known as the greatest playboy in the history of the ring, and despite the fact that we think the guy is nutty, Maxie is a serious trainer. We rode in the car behind him while he was doing a six-mile road work bit the other day. Then, as soon as he reached Stillman’s gym, where he had been training, he sparred four rounds with his stable-mate and then called it a day. While conditioning for a fight. Maxie lays off the night clubs and gets to bed at least by eleven-thirty at night.

Frank Bachman, the champ’s manager told us, “This clown business is mighty fine publicity. It packs the cash customers into the arena and boy, that’s my bread and butter.”

Maxie is quoted at seven to five to retain his crown against the Brooklyn challenger. However, these odds will in all probabilities be cut down inasmuch as a flood of Olin money is rumored to be circulating around town.

This corner strings along with “Slapsie” Maxie Rosenbloom and hopes he proves himself the Slugger he claims to be.


A New Orleans dispatch to the Louisville Spokesman, an Anglo-Jewish paper, carried the following item:

“The tradition of a Jewish football hero at Tulane University is carried on this season, for the second year, by Barney Mintz, the Green Wave’s triple-threat halfback.

“Considered one of the finest backfield men to grace a Tulane team, Mintz has been a real cog in the team’s march through all its opponents so far this year. He is a great running, passing and kicking back, with his outstanding achievement his ability to quick-kick.

“Beginning with Milton (Irish) Levy, guard on the 1923, ’24 and ’25 Tulane teams, who was selected all-American, the university has had a Jewish star for practically every year of the past decade. Morris Bodenger kept up the tradition by following in Levy’s footsteps in 1928, ’29 and ’30 as a fast, hard-charging guard.”

Mintz, who prepped at Isadore Newman School of New Orleans, is a resident of that city. He weighs 180 pounds and is five feet nine inches in height.”

Although Colgate stemmed the surge of the Green Wave here in New York City last Saturday, the work of Barney Mintz was exceptionally brilliant. His punts and passes kept the Colgate lads on their toes all through the game.

Incidentally, while we’re on the subject of Tulane, we would like to correct the impression that Simons of Tulane is Jewish. He is not Jewish according to a statement given to us by the coach of his team last Friday night at the Hotel Croyden.


The crack basketball team representing the 92nd street Y. M. H. H. will meet the Brooklyn Dux Club this Sunday night. The game will be played at the Y. M. H. A. gym in Manhattan and will be the second game for the Jewish five this season. A few weeks ago they defeated the Bronx Y on the latter’s court.

A complete review and digest of the athletic activities of the Y. M. H. A.’s will be a weekly feature of the Slants on Sports column beginning next week.


Dave Weiss, varsity guard on the Lavender football team which ended its highly successful season last week against a formidable N. Y. U. array, is just as brilliant in the classroom as he is at the running guard position.

Weiss, a graduate of De Witt Clinton, made the varsity team in his sophomore year at the college. He is only twenty years old, weighs 195 and stands five feet ten inches in height. He is one of the two students who are the first in the history of the college to pursue third-year honors.

The honors system enables specially capable students to take intensive specialized work under the guidance of selected instructors.


One of the oldest gridiron rivalries in the country will be resumed tomorrow afternoon when the Violet eleven takes the field against the Rutgers University team at Nielsen Field in New Brunswick, N. J. It will be the thirty-second encounter of the series that started in 1890.

The game tomorrow recalls the spectacular playing of a Jewish football star who was selected as an All-American back. It was the passing, kicking and plunging of Jack Grossman, former Rutgers ace, that thrilled the fans in the game between the two teams in 1931. Grossman made the only score of the day for the Scarlet team from the Raritan and when he crossed the line he had three N. Y. U. men hanging on to him.

Jack is now playing a bang-up game for the Brooklyn Dodgers’ professional football team. And Jack is doing great guns this year—even better than he did while at Rutgers—your sports scribe should know — he has played with and against this great ball player.

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