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Slants on Sports by Morris Weiner

October 29, 1934
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There are three Italians, two Jews, one Irishman, one Negro and one Pole on the all-star boxing card scheduled for Friday night at the Garden. . . . Charley Siegal plays football too hard to please his coach at N. Y. U., Mal Stevens. . . . Babe Scheuer, who received all-America mention as tackle at N.Y.U. last year, was with the New Rochelle pro football club until he dislocated his elbow. . . . Slants on Sports has learned from reliable sources that the Palestine Olympic Committee will reject the invitation to participate in the 1936 Berlin Olympic games. . . . Jack Choynski, one of the greatest Jewish heavyweights, was the first man to knock out Jack Johnson, colored flash. . . . Young Peter Jackson, the Negro lightweight from the Coast, who is in New York for his Friday night fight at the Garden, told your sports scribe, “I saw Ross fight on the Coast. I don’t think he’s much. I believe he’s afraid of me, and I can back up my statement with some of Barney’s speeches when my name was mentioned.” . . . Abe Tauber, an instructor at C.C. N.Y., several years ago won the Junior Metropolitan A.A.U. discus championship and still can hurl the saucer some. . . Ralph Singer and Les Rosner were the only two lacrosse men at City College to make all-American berths on the national lacrosse team. . . . Les is now regular end on the Friedman football team. . . . Moe Berg speaks Spanish, Yiddish, Italian, English, French, German and Swedish and holds three university degrees. . . Harry Dublinsky, Polish Jew, who meets Frankie Klick in the Garden Friday night, will make his debut there and enters the ring an even money choice. . . . The United States Maccabi Association has received the support of the “Y” in its campaign to put the strongest possible Jewish-American team on the field at Tel Aviv in 1935. . . . ?


Moe Grossman, brother of the famous Rutgers athlete, Jack, is an even greater baseball player than the latter. . . . Sam Winograd, captain-elect of both the City College basketball and baseball teams, has received an offer from Paul Kritchell, chief scout of the Yankee baseball club. . . Al Schwartz, Jewish captain of the United States Olympic Swimming team at Los Angeles in 1932, is on the sports advisory committee of the U. S. Maccabi Association. . . Irving Jaffe, Olympic speed skating champion at Lake Placid, was very much interested in Jack Shea’s statement that the latter would not participate in the 1936 Berlin Games. . . . Izzy Weinstock, Pitt’s sure-fire line cracker, is a two-letter man and once again the spearhead of the Panther’s attack. . . . He considers the Minnesota game the hardest in three years of football. . . Happy Furth, Jewish member of the Olympic Track team in 1932 is now a physical education instructor at New Utrecht High School in Brooklyn. . . . Lillian Copland, who has been shattering one aquatic record after another, is now a member of the Maccabis. . . Sammy Stein and Abie Coleman, the two Jewish {SPAN}###ggernauts{/SPAN} of the rassling {SPAN}profes###n{/SPAN} are doing shorts in the movies {SPAN}###ese{/SPAN} days. . . Willie Halpern, one of the greatest linemen ever {SPAN}###o{/SPAN} play for C. C. N. Y., is now playing his fifth year of professional ball. . .


There ain’t goin’ to be no investigation of the heave and grunt industry.

As the Bulletin expert puts it, it now seems that the integrity of the fake and phumph estate is above reproach and that talk of a wrestling probe was a gross misunderstanding and so much siwash. In some quarters it has been called a Nazi plot.

General Johnny Phelan, chairman of that top-notch state athletic commission, says he has “been misrepresented” by newspaper reports announcing a sweeping inquiry into the sport of the hefty hulks.

“What’s this all about?” demands the General. “I’ve been quoted in the newspapers as ordering an investigation of wrestling, to which end Jack Curley and other promoters and wrestlers have been commanded to appear before the commission next Tuesday.

“That’s ridiculous. I have ordered no investigation nor have I at any time questioned the honesty of the sport or the wrestlers (this gets better as it goes on) Curley was to appear at our next meeting to straighten out a conflict in dates.”

“It’s just a lot of applesauce,” said Curley. “There’ll be no investigation. It was only Jake (the Ferret) Pfeffer popping off again.”

Well, Pfeffer handles the Ridge-wood Grove and Curley the Broadway Arena. Both joints are within a cork’s pop of each other. If a Jewish rassler appears at the Grove Curley tries to fix one for the Arena. As happened during the Summer one rassler appeared in both places during the same evening. But, all in all, this rassling racket is the real McCoy.

The burpy behemoths are just a lot of kids out for a good time. Why investigate? Three cheers for the General and his top-notch athletic commission.


Maurice Jacobs, executive secretary of the Phi Epsilon Pi fraternity, a national Jewish collegiate organization, sends us a copy of a letter in which he listed the Jewish athletes of Phi Ep who performed brilliantly for their universities during the past year.

“At Rutgers, Lenny Frank, Lloyd Hirschorn, and Moe Grossman were regulars on the Varsity baseball team. Irv Siegal and Herb Lassman at Ohio University. Perlman at Northwestern, Steinberg at Washington and Lee, Rosenthal at Iowa, Russel at Boston U., Simensky and ‘Reds’ Weiner at Muhlenberg the latter captain of the team.

“Under the heading of football, Tully Kossack of Cornell, veteran 60-minute Dobie man of three years. Tully was voted the most valuable man on the team. Hirschorn and Frank of Rutgers. . . . Jules Pinsky of Connecticut State and acting captain this year. Reichgott of Miami, and Rosenberg at Muhlenberg add to the luminaries of the pigskin in our frat. And ‘Reds’ Weiner was captain of the team, one of the greatest drop-kickers, and an all-American selection.

“Weiner was captain of basketball, and football, a record very few Jewish athletes achieve. Also in basketball were Steinberg, Fisher, and Siegal.”

Jacobs goes on to relate how many Jewish stars there were from his fraternity at the great national collegiate centers throughout the country in tennis, golf, boxing, water polo, track and field, swimming, cross country, wrestling and fencing.

We don’t want to start a Greek letter frat war in these columns but we do think that the Phi Eps are the greatest Jewish athletic fraternity on the campus today.

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