Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on January 17, 1936 · Page 32
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: . . I. " - - . , 'X ens Waf 'Against Fight Gam biers . . Promoter Forman Op CLAIMS CLIQUE RESPONSIBLE FOR ODDS : Denies. Money Bet On Pena Belonged ' To 'Sure Boys By ALAN WARD ; Wholesale wagering on Audi-torium boxing ghowe, within the : arena and immediately prior to ; the start of or during "the pro-: grams, was scored today by Ora I Forman, one of Oakland's two ' fight promoters. . "The wagering," Forman said, "has progressed from a more or less '. harmless pastime to a menacing ' practice, and steps should be taken i by the city, or even by the athletic ' commission, to curtail the activities ! of the gambler. CLIQUE CLAIMS FRAME i Circulation of rumors of "bag" : fights by disgruntled losers, flotation ; of false odds to establish better prices ) for some of the "sure-thing boys" and '. attempts to "buy out" boxers for a subseauent cleanup in the wagering, ; are attributed by Forman to the ; betting group, which, he asserts, is gaining m numoers ana jinuntmi I power. , ; "Naturally,, the money repre-I , tented, or changing hands, cannot i ' be considered in terms of thou-: . sands, but It does reach well Into the hundreds each night, and there i Is no telling to what dimensions j the situation will expand nor measures the gamblers will at-i .tempt to Insure their winnings,"- - sOjje 'small clique In the betting group is charged by Forman with being responsible lor ircuiating I : story that the Wednesday night non ' title bout between Freddie Miller, ' featherweight champion, and Johnny i Pena was fixed. ; WISE BOYS' LOSERS " I "I learned that three of the ace-in I the-hole lads, who usualy figure j closely, and win more than they lose, ; dropped approximately $250 on j Miller, whom they considered . a j sure bet," he continued. ! "Instead of taking their losses ; and keeping still, they bellowed to j the skies they had been robbed; I that Miller deliberately threw the fight, and that they'd get even some way or other. "They pointed out, In trying to : aubstantlate their claims of trick-: ry, that a pile of Pena money came ; Into the betting mart at the last I minute. Sure it did. It was from a person closely associated with Pena, ! who bets on the fighter every start, I regardless of his opponent, and who I usually displays more blind loyatly i than good judgment I know for a t fact this man in particular dropped ! plenty of money when Pena lost to i Eitchie.Fontaine here a few months ! ago." . BET ON SMALL BOUTS I The wagering group does not con-! fine its betting activities to main vents. Cash is chanced in virtually every match, from the curtaln-1 raiser to the headliner, unless, of course, a pairing has been made in ' such a manner as to make one of the l contestants a prohibitive favorite, the protestants explained. j "My only desire, in attacking the : existing situation, is to protect my f boxing interests in Oakland," ror- man said. ! "It is easy for bettors, particularly If they are even partially or- i faulted, to wreck the sport. It happened In Oakland once before, and I don't intend It will occur again, while I'm in the driver's teat, Too, their activities have ' become braten. The sight of young mem running around in the rear of the arena, under the big time ; clock, waving fists full of silver or bills, la not conducive to the maintenance of public confidence ". fa my shows." Attempts to say a referee's in- elpient decision, by concerted cheer-. ing for a certain fighter carrying some of their funds, or a cadenced, unified chanting of "draw, draw, draw," when it is apparent the boxer ; elected Is far in arrears, are charged to the .gambling group by Forman. It is a significant fact that the majority of the wagerers. and particularly, the ones known to float rumors harmful to boxing and to the promoters' reputations, enter the arena on passes. Forman said. Louis-Retzlaff Fight on KGO The anticipated annihilation of Charlie Hetzlaff by Joe Louis, the Brown Bomber, in Chicago tqniKhi Will be broadcast locally over KGO it 8 p. m, according to tit National Broadcasting Company. The de scription of the heavywrifiht fiuht from the" rincside will be given by Clem McCarthy and Hal Totten. JIM JIOSCRIP JOINS CAST AT PALO ALTO ; STANFORD UNIVERSITY. Jan. ; 17. -Monk Moscrip, All-American' Stanford end, evidently plans to ftct : In a little stage training in preparation for his possible movie career. Monk has Joined the Palo AJto Community Theater amateur group and will hava a minor part that of courtroom guard. In Elmer Rice' : play, "Judgment Day," which is to p produced next month. VOL, CXXIV- 32 mm-: a ind. Jki aaga Here's a Coast team that really is a Coast team, with every member a graduate from the ranks of the colleges along the Pacific slope. The boys will pit their talents against the powerful Green Bay Packers Sunday at Kezar in the Knights of Columbus' sixth annual charity LOUIS BIG FAVORITE TO y WILLIAM WEEKES, Associated Press CHICAGO, Jan. 17. (P ) Joe fight business, catches up tdnlght the heavyweights to promise nun a battle. The spectacular Detroit Negro whose explosive fists have blasted open a new vein of hugeX'gates," and the 28-year-old North Dakota farmer, will iro to work in the Chicago Stadium for what is scheduled as a 15-ronnd battle The test, if it amounts to that, will be the Brown Bomber's first in 1936. Indications today were that 20,000 spectators Will see the bout. All of them will bte hop ing that Retzlaff adheres to his" promise to throw punches from the start. Most of them will be ex pecting to see Louis, a 1 to 10 choice with virtually no Retzlaff money around, accomplish another of his crusning inumpns. . If the 20.000 attendance materializes, the gate's receipts will crowd $100,000, of which the cold-eyed Negro will receive 40 per cent. II also will get a similar cut of the radio and motion picture receipts. Rctzlaff is down for 17 & per cent of the gate. A crowd of 20,000 also would be the blRfiest here since 1032 when Jack Dempsey, hero of boxing's other big gold rush, and King Levinsky fought their four-round exhibition in the stadium. LOUIS TO SWELL POT - To Louis, who has not squandered more than six rounds on any of his last nine foes, the engagement is just an opportunity to add about $40,000 to the $364,000 he collected last year. He is confident that nothing like 15 rounds will be required to send Rctzlaff the way of Levin-sky, Primo Camera, Max Baer and Paulino Uzcudun, his most recent victims. - For Retzlaff, It Is a chance te provide an annwer te the question of what Louis would do under pressure. It hag been long slnre anyone, got tough with the Bomber that It has become almost legend that Louis has first scared, then knorkrd all' his epponrnti -stiff. Retzlaff imiitit that ' will not be whipped before be starts. Testimony that the strapping heavy from the wheat belt has the equipment to damage anyone he can hit. is found in his record. His destructive richt hand has accounted for 55 knockouts in b'B fights. LOnS TOP WEIGHT Physically, they are well matched, Retzluff 1ms advantages in height and reach. ..- t- Joe . Louis tipped the scutes lit l!Sa pounds when he weighed in at noon todiiy. Retzlaff. North Dakota farmer, weighed 1984. Louin would not predict bow long the fie lit would UnI other than to iay that he would get it over an quickly as pomible. li trainer,; J.i k Blut kburn, said It would end as "toon as we ran hit him. Maybe the firM, maybe the second, maybe the third. Plot any longer than that." The bomber will be aiming at his 27lh consecutive professional triumph, and his 23rd knockout. .GILBERT HALL ADVANCES - NASSAU, ntihumHit, Jan. 17 (IP) J. Gilbert Hull. South Orange. N J., No. 8 ranking player in the United States, advanced to the, semi-finals of the British Colonial tennis tourna ment today by defeating Jack Boucher- Jr, Nassau, 6-1. 6-2. Hall won the tournament last near. STARS ON COAST BEAT RETZLAFF TONIGHT Sports Writer Louis, man of the hour in the with Charley Rctzlaff, latest of CHICAGO Jan., 17,-W-This is how Joe Louis and Charley Retzlaff compare for their 15-round bout in the Chicago Stadium tonight: itrtturr A, Axe ...... 28 1MB 6:3 78 'i In. ....... 16' . In. 101 f. Welitht 6:1 '4 ,, HeiKht 76 In Reach 16','4 In Neck 13 in. . 12 V, In. 74 In. 41 In. . 43 In. . 34 In. . 211 in. ., 19 In. .. 10 In. .. hiccim 13 In. Forearm , 13 In. WrUt Sin. Chest (normnh.,.. 42 in. Chest (expanded). 44 In. Wit 33 in. ' ThlKh , 21' in. CM 15 in. Ankle t' in. CLUB ELECTS " Stanley J. Smith was re-elected for , the lst'time as an Officer of the Oakland Tennis Club; being named president, while Judge Edwin M. Otis, of Alameda, who has served 30 years is serrrtary-trcas-urcr of the group, was re-elected at a meeting at Smith's offire. The club has planned increased activity next Summer and plans to enter a team in the annual Intor-Chib, tournament Improvements, also were voted for the courts and clubhouse at Fifth Avenue and East 11th Street. Robert Benjamin with Dr. John B. Benediktson is delegate to the Northern California Tennis Associa tion, and the .former is scheduled to be named a director of.the association at the annual meeting Satur day night. r The list of officers and committees' numea lor 1!WB, loiiow: PWsiKlpnl. Slnnley i. Smllhi vice-presi dent. Holierl J. Hrnjiimin; icrreliirx- treasurer. Jnrlee rrtwin M. Otw. Direrlnr' lr. Jnhn H Heneriiktmn. W. A (iKlfi)luw, Cclvrard Benjamin, Al Connnlly. Tmirnnnmt and Pilblielljr Coitimlflee: Fit Hrninmin, rhairmnn, Al Connnlly, I). M-rnld Barr. E. A. Klrm, Br. A. E. T. Buikell. Hitlike and Ground Committee: Rnhert Bemamin. rtiairmiini E. A. Klein. Dr. Jtihn n. BetieihklMtll. . Membemtiip C'miiiitlee- E. A. Klein, rhaimtan; W. A (MHxIMlim-. Harold Spril.I, 1). Civrald Barr. Hurt U'ltmer. lteleaateii to Northern California Trunin A5Mniiatinn: Rolwrt Benjamin, Ur. Jotrn Benediktaon. Tracy and Newman Meet in Cape Tilt TRACY, Jan. 17.Tiacy and Newman High School bn.sketbH!!' players will meet in a league game here tonight, the Tracy five to be without services of its star center, Joe Fernaiides.' Fernandes suffered a wrenched knee while Tracy was losing to Manteca last week and probably be out for the season. Here's How Ring Rivals Measure Up OAKLAND IT OAKLAND, CALIF., FRIDAY, TEAM SET game. The line (left to right) : Ike Frankian (St. Mary's) , Herat Meister (St. Mary's), Jim Barber (U.S.F.), Clyde Devine (Oregon State), Mel Hein (Washington State), Larry Siemer-ing (U.S.F.). and Pop Blewett (U.S.F.). The backfield is com- Eastern Qrid Men Map Rule Changes By GEORGE KIRKSEY, United Press Staff Correspondent NEW YORK, Jan. 17. (U.R) Fresh agitation was started to-duy by the Eastern Association of Football Officials for drastic changes in the football rules when the rules committee meets next month in California. The most important changes advocated are: Abolish the point after touchdown. Revision of the-scoring rules, providing one point for each first down. An extra five-minute overtime period to decide tie games. A fifth official whose duty will be to keep eonches, reserves and spectators informed of all pen alties and decisions made on the Hield. . MAKES SUGGESTIONS These suggestions along with several others have been forwarded to Walter R. Okeson, chairman of the football rules committee, by William, R. Crowley of New York, re-tiringpresident of the Eastern Association of Football Officials. In view of the fact that Chairman Okeson made' a report to the football coaches convention last month favoring no important rule changes, the far-reaching suggestions made by the Eastern officials came as a surprise. In advocating the aboUtion of the point after touchdown, the Eastern officials favor a ncwSscor-ing system as follows: Two points for each safety. Three points for each field goal. - Six points for each touchdown, OPPOSE TIE GAMES "The new scoring system is devised principally to abolish tie games." said Crowley, "and to prevent any' game from being woo by a kick after touchdown. The officials feci, that no game should-be decided by one man's ability to kick a goal. .. "If any game ended in a tie, we believe a 5-minute overtime CHU EAGER TO GET GOING r SAN FRANCISCO. Jan..l7.-.TW Excess poundage is not one of the baseball .worries Joe Cronin expects to have with him when he leads the Boston Rrd' Sox into training camp this Spring. fThe "4ioy ninh'gerHyof the big lengues revealed today he had taken off 10 pounds this Winter wtlji massages. . "It's a new xyntem I'm trying out." Cronin explained. "Inntead of working off surplua poundage during Spring training. I decided to report in physical trim. It will give me extra time, to handle managerial details, and I will only have to harden up. "I'm Retting old (he's 29. and I'll have to be in top shape to go along with some of the young fcl- ows. I'm not going to- be a bench manager, no sir. They M nave to cut t he-uniform off .me Cronin said massages had cut his weight to 175 pounds. At the ...close, o' the 1930 season,' when he was voed the most valuable in tlte American League, he weighed 174 pounds. Daily hikes are included in his Winter coaditioning routine. JANUARY 17, 1936 FOR CHARITY GRID CONTEST period would decide the issue and. add Interest for the players and public. The proposed changes would make football more of a team game - than . ever, placing emphasis on all the players rather than on a .specialist." The suggestion to award one point for each first down is believed to have been first, advocated by Pop Warner, Temple coach, who has long contended that a team should be given some reward for yardage gained. Warner's teams have long been noted for their ability to pile up yardage, fre quently losing games tos teams which gained less gVaurid. . OTHER CHANGES PLANNED Among the other changes favored by the Eastern officials were - Move the goal posts back to the goal line. r-uminaie tne rule requiring a substitute to, report at the start of the second half. A kicked ball cease to be such after it has come Into the bos- rsession of j member of the re ceiving team. Opportunity to make a fair catch cease after the ball has been touched by a member of the receiving aide.' Bring the bail In 15 yards from the sidelines, instead of 10, after it goes out of, bounds. Penalty of five yards for a player on the kicking side touching the ball before player oftx the de fensive side. GET6UAN NTW ORLEANS. Jan. -17.-0J.RV-Tulane University athletic authorities today, had been informed that Minnesota's coach, J5ernie Bjerman. was "definitely out of the picture" as a new grid mentor here. . Dr. Wilbur C. Smith, chairman "of the Athletic Council who conferred' with Rirrman recently in Chirago, said Bierman's answer, made yettterday. was "no." Smith branded as "fantastic" reports of a large sum for a long-time contract offered Birrman. who coached at Tulane before going to ? Minnesota four seasons ago, Smth said no further announcement could be expected for two weeks. The council, he, said, is considering prospective coaches mentioned by Biermnn but these names were not. revealed. The next rumored candidate for the Tulane post" is Hurry Kipke, Michigan's coach. KANSAS FIVE WINS LOS ANGELES, Jan. 17,- The Kansas City Santa Fes. independent basketball five, defeated the Baxter All-Stars last night 44 to 39, in a highly exciting contest TULANENOTTO B posed of Al Nichelini (St. Mary's), Butch Simaa (St. Mary's), Frank Sobrero (Santa Clara), and Mike Bacciarini (U. S. F.),A. P. photo. , (Story on Next Page,) ' YOUNC TOMMY READY TO v STAGE GREAT COMEBACK By ALAN WARD Take the word of Leo Leavitt that tonsils, or rather the lack pf them, will make all the difference in the world in Young Tommy's fighting at the' Auditorium next Monday night. On that date the dapper Filipino featherweight, whose great local bouts with "Midget" Wolgast, "Speedy" Dado and others still are remembered by fans, will stack up against Tuffy Pier pont, in one of the two Chance for Hank to Be Off Again By HENRY McLEMORE ! (Copyright, 1936, for The Tribune) MIAMI, Fla.. Jan. 17. (U.RKIn complete defiance of the Everglades! Sanity Commission, which has ' threatened to submit my head to ' the probings of a plumber if I pick j Charles Retzlaff, Esq., to defeat Joe i Louis in Chicago tonight, I wish i to state that the bout will see the North Dakota farmer ' victorious. The only fear is that Retzlaff will see my selection , before he climb in the ring and fail. Under (Cont. on 3rd Sport Page, Col. 2) LEVIS TANGLE ST. LOUIS. Jan. 17. (iFH John Henry. Lewis, Phoenix, Ariz Negro, who took the Jight-heavyweight title from Bob Olin here last- Fall, will fiftht here tonight in a 10-round non-title xnit with Al fitill-mai one of St Louis' most stalwart battlers. . . John tlenry showed enough wal lop in'the title engagement to make his return anvausnicious affair. But Stillmpn. whorelies on a destructive right arm. Vpes to step into range of the championship through the match. - The St. Louisan has "been prom ised a return bout for Hhe title within 60 days if he wins, Murphy Given Sound Beating TACOMA. Jan. 17. (HI Million aire Mumhy. a .zni-nouna numan punching bae from Bakersfield, last hicht pnVP Tacoma boxin" fan an hour's demonstration of the ahility of a human frame to absorb blows. Fred Lenhart. 174. of Tacoma. supplied the blows and won the decision.' Newspaper score cards gave him every round of the' 10-round bout. - . Murphy, who Is matched with King Levinsky for a bout in Oakland, in the near future, landed; snme 10 Blows during the entire f i'cht. most of the time making no' effort to hit the Tacoman. ' Lenhart . showed his entire "bag of tricks. Witched his, stance and shoved pile drivers into the Cali fornian' face, but was unable to floor or even (tagger him. 0TII I MRU Aim 01 ILL U NO. 17 eight-round main events, and Pierpont, ' to hear Leavitt tell of it, is in for a direful evening. - A few months'.ago Tommy, slowed to a whisper, listless and disinterested, was thought to have reached the end of his fistic trial. Then he went to a doctor, the tonsils were given the look over, and a quick operation was ordered. The Filipino ,came from under the ether better than ever. "The tonsils," the doctor explained to someone or other, who relayed the information to Leavitt,. who carried it to this department, "were doing all sorts of harm to Tommy. Why, he couldn't get out of his own way. Even his -eyesight was being affected. It really was sad. But what a lad he'll be now!" Not having witnessed Young Tommy in any sort of action during the tonsil era, we are .able to i " establish no, basisof .comparison - for his workouts at-Duffy's Gym nasium. He seemed brisk enough yesterday, and in the day or so previous. He went four rounds with Bobby Wright 24 hours back, and he smacked Bobby with potent left hooks as well as painful rights. But gymnasium workouts don't always tell the truth. ALWAYS PLEASE HERE Tommy's best recommendations are his hectic encounters of three, four and five years ago in this city. He fought for Louie Parente and for Tommy Simpson. He has boxed across the bay, and we remember a particular night when he made "Baby" Arizmendi look foolish, and the "Baby" now is New York's featherweight champion of the world. It is inconceivable Tommy has slipped all the way back in the meantime. That the Filipino intends to be in good shape for the Pierpont battle Is emphasised by his presence on the home grounds since the first of the week, and consist-ent training operations at the local , gymnasium. Tommy remembers that Pierpont licked his countryman, "Speedy" Dado, and he'd like to avenge .that smudge on the island escutcheon. Next ' to aheavyweight with a wallop, a feathefv with a sleeping ,' potion in his paw is one of the most enjoyable spectaclesXin fistiana: There is a real- thrill irk watching a pint sized lad. who looks a though he should be in short trousersi with school books over his arm, rip over a wallop to fold . an opponent in temporary oblivion. Georgie Hans ford is claimed to be just such a mite. - HANSFORD BEAT PENA . Hansford enjoys the distinction of having defeated' Johnny Pena, who punched out a merited decision over Freddie Miller, the N. B. A. featherweight champ, here Wednesday (Cont ba 2d Sport Page, Col 6) TINY SORRY BUT WISHES AID GOOD LUCK Hamilton Likely to" Get Tribe Post as Backfield Coach EASTON, Pa., Jan. 17. (7P)-Ernie Nevers, nne of the great figures in Stanford's athletic Hall of Fame, was named football coach at Lafayette College today. Henry W. Clark, new athletic director at Lafayette; announced the selection of the former All-American" fullback and, present Stanford backfield coach, from a group of 100 applicants for the post. ' No announcement was made of salary terms' or the length of Nevers' contract. Nevers succeeds Herb Mc-Cracken, whose resignation became effective at the end of the" ' 1935 season after a 12-year coaching regime. He is to take over the reins at the start of Spring practice early in March. No announcement was marlp rnn. cerning his coaching staff, but it is understood unariey Soleau, onetime Colgate quarterback, will return as freshman pilot. . J.a.iming .to. Eennsylvania,-Nevers follows his gridiron teacher Pop Warner who irnnsfprroH frnm Stanford to Temple University mree years ago. In his collegiate days Nevers was classed hv Warner as nno nf th two greatest, backs he ever coached. . He ranked near, the top in baseball and track, After leaving Stan- ford he turned to the: professional -diamond, pitching for the St, Louis Browns and San Francisco Missions. For the last three years he. has been varsity backfield coach at Stanford under Coach Tiny Thorn-hill. As such, he aided in piloting the Indians to three Pacific Coast Conference championships and to the Rose Bowl victory last. New Year's Day. Thornhill Silent on Successor to Nevers . STANFORD UNIVERSITY, Jan. 17. Tiny Thornhill "was sorry to spa his harkfiplrl roflrh ffo. hilt. happy .he had the "opportunity offered" today when he was informed that Ernie Nevers, his backfield . coach for three years, was resigning to take the head coaching job at Lafayette University in .Pennsylvania, "Ernie has been a swell assistant, and few persons realize Just how much he has contributed to" my success as well as the team's in the past three years. I know he'll make good." When asked who he had in mind to fill the vacancy left by Nevers' -resignation, Thornhill replied: "I haverTl had time to think it over. It will probably be some time before I can make a decision." Although he was non-commital regarding the selection of "Bones" Hamilton, star right halfback, for the berth several officials of the University expressed Opinions that "maybe Hamilton would get the job." Thornhill, however, hits the., sole power to appuint his assistants. , Thornhill is at work these days on Winter football practice, a work- out period of training designed' to develop neweomersTn the -ways of the Wui tier system and to acquaint shifted men with new positions. Among the "shifted men" is Wally DeWitl, 200-pound freshmen full- . back of last season, who will be given a chance at center or tackle. During the Winter practice session Thornhill hopes to drvelop several new men to fill in at places vacated by graduation. - Henderson May Get New Post TULSA. Okla., Jan. 17. UPr-El- irier C. "Gloomy Gus" Henderson, : removed officially as University of Tulsa football coach yesterday. Is a candidate, for the coaching Job at Oklahoma A and M. College, he announced. "I have talked fo the authorities at A. and M. and intend to talk to them again," Henderson said. The University of Tulsa trustees and athletic committee announced today that the school would not, renew Henderson's contract for next year. Differences over salary and the amount of time Henderson ' should . spend each year in Tulsa were responsible for the break. Basketball Score By III AMiat4 Prns Arizona State 43; Texu Mine 22." Montana Mines 47, liilermounUln t'nmn 38. Sul Row 1; Txa Tech 2S. Wntminstrr 37; William Jewall It, Washurn 24: Tulw 2S. . ' Ottawa (Km 30: Bethany 2S. S'erlina- 18: McPheron iKat.i S3. Ptttshura Kansas Teachers 24; South-wettem iWindeld, Kas.i .10. -, . South Dakota 33; Omaha 34, Nbraka Mr Dana 28. Ohm 25: Mu-kinuum 34. Wilmington 23; Cedarville 3l. N'ehraiika Wtnleyan 41: Hantings 42, Davtnn 27? Ciminnall .11. Denninon lO i 35: Wonster So". Mary vil le I.Mo.i 21 Cane Girardeau IS. Moorhead (Ky.i Teachers 31; TranssW-vania 40. Bethany fPa.t II: Geneva 4 Indiana Teachers 28: Evaiuvilla St. Shnitleff IS: St. Viator 33. , Moorhead tMuin.l Teachers 22; Jamestown 2a. .. , .

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