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Slants on Sports

February 1, 1935
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The outstanding indoor track carnival of the season—the Millrose Meet—will be held tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden, bringing together an array of board talent that has not been seen since the 1932 Olympic games at Los Angeles. The foremost sprinters, middle distance men and milers will participate in this colorful athletic pageant.

There are many Jewish runners entered in this indoor jamboree, but the outstanding Jewish competitor is Milton Sandler, slated for the famous Millrose 600. This event will be a real battle. Milt is national champion at the distance and ’34 winner of the Millrose classic. He will be pitted against Arnold Adams, ’33 winner, and Ivan Fuqua, former co-captain at Indiana with Charley Hornbostel. Hornbostel is the favorite because of the new record he set in Boston last Saturday. All, however, are capable of taking the gentleman from Indiana if the latter is not in the pink.


Charley will attempt to turn back the clock twenty-three years tomorrow night by entering in the 600 and 1,000 yard specials. The Hoosier flyer had intended to compete only in the first event, but doubled up when he discovered he would have a twenty-minute rest between the two headline attractions.

The last time a double of this nature was successfully negotiated was by Abel Kivat, of the old Irish-American A.C., and one of the greatest middle-distance men ever produced in this country. Abel, now an active Maccabi member on the executive board of the sports advisory committee, was one of the greatest track men to compete for the University of Illinois. Kiviat won the ‘600’ and ‘1,000’ at the old Garden in 1912 in a national A.A.U. meet. He is now the press steward for all the track rallies at the Garden. He said yesterday that “if any runner in competition can win both races the same night, it’s Hornbostel.”


Glen Cunningham, Bill Bonthron and Gene Venzke, the trio who have made mile history in the world of sports, are entered in the Wanamaker Mile. Cunningham, the Kansan flyer, is holder of the world’s record. Bonthron, in his last race against Cunningham, broke the previous mark for the mile. Glen’s time was amazing, but went for naught. Venzke hasn’t the underpinning to match Cunningham’s magnificient stretch drives.

The way we analyze the situation is as follows: Gene will probably take the lead and set a blistering pace. Bonthron, primarily a jockeyer, will trail Cunningham until the last furlong. He will dog the Kansan’s heels, watching him like a hawk. Cunningham will take the lead about midway—at the same time taking Benny for a sleigh ride—and hold it until the finish. Venzke hasn’t the stuff to last it out against two such sterling performers.

At the present time there is no Jewish athlete in the country sufficiently competent to match strides with this great trio of milers. Marvin Stern gave promise of becoming an ace distance man, but petered out as he grew older.

The Wanamaker Mile tomorrow night plus the ‘600’ and ‘1,000’ specials should make the Millrose meet a stirring and colorful pageant.


City College will attempt to snap out of its basketball lethargy tomorrow night when it meets the Temple invaders from Philadelphia. The Holman squad, the tallest in years, has not been able to go places this year. After playing six winning games, the team dropped three in a row to Geneva, Duquesne and Westminster, coming back in a half-hearted spurt to trip up an equally wobbly St. John’s quintet. Temple, on the other hand, lost a tight game to the Violet smooth-running five. The Owls are the favorite tomorrow night over City.

C.C.N.Y. will take the court with five Jewish cage stars. Led by Captain Sam Winograd, the team will line-up with Goldsmith, Kopitko, Pincus and Levine. Temple, with only two Jewish veterans in the line-up, will have five Hebrew subs on the sidelines. Reds Rosan and Louis Fox are the varsity duet and Dave Smukler, Irving Casper, Frieberg, Greenberg and Dubin the spares.

Temple should trounce City if for only one reason. They are a polished outfit and City is very erratic this year.


On Wednesday, February 27, New York University will meet City College at the Garden in the traditional court encounter between the two schools. Manhattan plays Fordham on the same bill, which makes it a most attractive card.

Readers of the Bulletin can win three pairs of tickets to this basketball game by entering in the sport contest already announced, to choose the outstanding first and second Jewish quintet in New York. All that is necessary is a letter giving your “A” and “B” line-ups and the reasons for your choice. The three best letters will receive three pairs of tickets. The contest closes February 21. Three more weeks to go.

This is the third sport contest run by this column. The first was held to select the greatest Jewish fighter of all time. A letter choosing Benny Leonard earned a Brooklynite a pair of ringside tickets to the first Ross-McLarnin fight.

The second contest elected Hank Greenberg as the outstanding Jewish baseball player. The winners were to receive tickets for the World Series, but because the games were played out of town, the three winners received ducats for major metropolitan sporting attractions.

The new contest, now a week old, still has three weeks to run. It is open to everybody.

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