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14 I 1 Hf SPS1M 2S zns; Ray Robnscn, a Man of Many Moods CHICAGO It is nqt always easy to get an interview with Ray (Suar) Robinson the greatest fighter pound for pound in our time, because ne is a man of many moods, many temperaments and many opinions. If he feels the urge to talk, he'll talk. If he is not disposed to do so, you might as well forget about it. They say that such is the way of great artists; people born; with exceptional prtistic, talents. They are probably right For Ray Robinson is a man with exceptional talents, in the ring and.

out. i Fortunately, on this 'cold, wintry, snow bound day, there glowed a ray of warmth in Raj Robinson's dispassionate heart for humanity, md, obviously, the gentlemen of the press. He talked fret voluntarily. He talked and he talked and he talked. Alljyou had to do was listen.

This was the polite, kindly, gentlemanlyaffable Ray. Robinson. Not the surly, arrogant, biting, defiant Ray Robinson. 1 He was talking, for instance, about Wednesday night's fight with Jake LaMotta, for the middleweight championship of the He is confident he will dethrone the "Bronx Pull" and crowned the new champion, i He was sitting in the Mural Roord of Chicago's Bismarck Hotel, talking casually about what he intends to do to Jacob. The" room was full of sportswriters and photographers, anJ boxing commissioners and International Boxing Club executives.

He had just signed to fight La Moita in Chicago's spacious Stadium. LaMotta had signed, too. lie wa3 across the room. He" was talking, also. The atmosphere was heavy with" championship vi brations.

This was a prelude to an explosion. But it did not phase the calculating Robinson. "Well," said the welterweight champion who would be middleweight champion, I look at it like this I beat this guy four times out of five, and I can do it the sixth time. He's tough, plenty tough but 111 whip him Wednesday night. If you really want to know the truth, I beat him all five, times.

But once they gave it to him because it was close. I didn't kick. I'm satisfied with four out of five. Why shouldn't I be? There wasn't really anything at stake, was there?" He Backed Political Long Shot and Won He was the personification of graciousness as he sat Jthere and unfolded his views of the future. i 'In the other fights he but eighed me ten to fifteen pounds," said the impeccably dressed! challenger, "but I managed to outsmart and outmaneuver tifta.

So, I'll do it again. I don't care how I win, by a decision or a knockout. All I know is that this time I'll be better equipped. He i won't have a ten or fifteen pound edge. I'll weigh about 153 and he'll be about 160." 'The wanted to know if he thought he had slowed down any since be fought.

LaMotta the last time. That was Sept. 26, 1945, here in Robinson won a 12 round decision. "Sure I've slowed down," he admitted, "a man's bound to be slowing down when he hits the age of 30. But I think I've learned enough and improved enough to compensate for, that.

I think I hit harder. I know how to pace mvself better. I am a more polished fighter. I have more confidence now. That should mean that I'm a better fighter." I The ravages of timehaye taken their toll on Ray Robinson.

He no longer devotes all his conversation to himself and fighting. He's becoming interested now in people who have not been blessed with superior talent; the kind we have the audacity to refer to as the "common people." During New York's last mayoralty election, he became politically minded. He worked. in Vincent Impellit teri's corner. They said Impellitteri didn't have a chance.

But he won. Now he's Mayor Vincent Impellitteri and, whether the politicians want to admit it or not, Ra Rob A insoc is in a position to do more for the underprivileged people of Harlem than all the ward chairmen put together. It's a strange and fascinating drama. You might entitle lt "TheTrize Fighter and His Honor, the Mayor." There's Only So Much He Can Do I In Harlem they now refer to Ray Robinson as "Impel litteri's man." And down on Broadway they refer to Im pellitteri as "Robinson's All of which means, of course, that Raj' Robinson has become an important po Utical personality in New York. It also means that hun dreds of people seek him out for help and favors.

He is trying to adjust himself to this new chapter in his life. He wants to help everyone he can. But he can't always help them. That irritates him considerably. I "JPeople know that Mayor Impellitteri is my friend," he said senously.

"They know worked for him in the elec tion. bo they come to me every day. They want help. Some people want me to get them an apartment. They tell me they haven't any place to live.

Once in a while I can help some of them. But apartments are hard to get. When I explain that to them, they refuse to understand. They think can do anything, but I can't. Gee, there are hundreds of people who come first.

Fori instance, when theyjmove people out or Duiicungs ana tear them down to put up a housing project, those people have a priority. They are the first people to move into the new Droiect when it's finished. Then are veterans, guys who fought the war and came back; witnout a decent place to. live. They also get preference." It irks Robinson when he can't convince some home seeker he can't help "I try to explain the situation," he said, "but thev just won't believe me sometimes.

That's when I get mad and leave my office and 3tay away all day. I'm going to do all I can to improve certair, conditions in Harlem, with the help of Mayor Impellitteri, of course, but I can't do the impossible. I wish people could understand that. There Are Times When the Mayor Calls Him Robinson quickly admits he knows absolutely nothing about politics. Bat he knows it is an important function of American life and he intends to learn.

Right now, he's taking it slow and easy. Maybe that's why Mayor Impellitteri places so much confidence in him. Maybe that's why he discusses certain important appointments with Ray Robinson, the pugilist. "The Mayor calls me in," Robinson said, "and wants me to help him pick a guy for a certain appointment; Maybe it's a high position, in the 'police department Then, again, it might be a judgeship, or some other important Sometimes I can help him, but not always. I'm not going to recommends anyone for a job who is not qualified.

If I do and the guy's a flop, hell hold mel esponsible. So I'm taking it easy If I don't know of a qualified man for a particular job, I tell the Mayor "right quick. Frankly, all I want to do is make politics pay off for my people in Harlem. Mayty I can't After all. I'm, just a green horn in the No Pay Hike For Dodger 2nd Baseman NEW YORK Jackie Rob inson, one of the highest paid stars in the game, came to terms with the Brooklyn Dodeers here Saturday for a reported $35,000, the same salary ne received last year.

Surprisingly the crack second said he had no trouble coming to term with Walter CMalley. Dodger resi dent, He said that he was "com rletely satisfied" with the new contract, and signed In less than twenty four hours after he ceived O'Malley's first offer. No mention was made ofl a bonus clause in 'Jackie's contract Thp first report had Robinson dicker ing ior a pact oi nearly S50.000. Last season, Robinson's average slumped from the .342 that won him the league batting crown in 1949. Despite the slump, tackle ended the season as the third highest batter in the National Be had a 328 mark for the season.

At: the gate, an all imrjorarnt factor at signing time, the 31 year old star, continued to be one of the leading attractions in the game. All of these facts would seem to indicate that some where In his contract a clause that will make it possible for Jackie to receive more than the announced figure. Immediately after the si Jackie announced that he was in the best shape of his career. "Right now I'm onlv wirhincr 210 pounds anu I don't figure to have any trouble shedding this excess Weight." I going to open up on the bases yds season." Jackie said. Last year I tried iO save my strength by n.

stealing, bases. During the season I stole only twelve bases. So this season I'm going to start out running and try to pick up my 1949 base running pace. He also said that he was out to regain his batting crown from Stan Muslal. Robinson's signing malfPt the i twenty seventh nodcrr tr come to terms.

It also completes the i list Of SPDia stars In th majors having come to terms. BUT 1. SELL 2 TTW COINS Morris Brown Wins 9th Tilt ATLANTA. Ga The smooth working cagers of Morris Brown College captured their ninth win oi tne season here Saturday night when they jolted a fast moving Alabama State quintet, 82 63. Denson with 26 points and (MiiC for; the winners In this big win.

guns for the winners in this hier Hn THE COURIER SATURDAY. FEBRUARY 10. i. Jones 18 markers was high for gro, as pro for the Rackham course. I the losers.

rha Inure Morris Brown has droDDed but one game this season. I I Althousrh a formal contract has not been signed as yet, the way," has been cleared by Kellogg to Receive i CYO Champion Medal CHICAGO (ANP) Junius Kellogg. 23. lanky 6 foot 7 Inch hero of the recent New York basketball "fix" scandal, this week was named the winner of the Catholic Youth Organization Club of Champions medaL He will receive the award May 22 at the nineteenth annual Sportsmen's dinner. Thft nnlloirM in.

0 ter was named winner because of his devotion to the Ideals of Christian sportsmanship when he recently refused to accept $1,000 to fix a game for the benefit of gamblers. In learning of the award, Kellogg said: is the greatest honor of my life. However, I know that I did no more than any Manhattan College student or athlete would have done." In announcing the award, Chi cago's Bernard J. Shield, director general of the CYO, and known as "the apostle of youth, declared: "By his staunch devotion to the ideals "of Christian sportsmanship, 'Junius Kellogg of Manhattan College has set a stirring example for the youth of our na tion. The late Cardinal George Mundeleln, Archbishop Chi cago, would indeed have been proud of this son of his alma mater." The CYO'a Club of; Champions award is given annually by Bishop ShelL Past winners Include such persons as Jackie Robinson, General Dwight D.

Eisenhower, the late Babe Buth, and others. Kellogg, an ex GI, ls a native of Portsmouth, Va. At Manhat tan, he is a sophomore and the leading scorer for the Jasper court five. His cooperation with police in the attempted fix of a game between Manhattan and DePaul of Chicago led to the capture of five persons involved. Manhattan is a Catholic college under the direction of the Broth ers of the Christian Schools.

business. But I like rjolitics. I uess I'll stick with it ven when I'm through fighting." I someone wanted to know If he thought Joe Louis should quit fighting. Robinson had a ready answer. "Of course not," he said.

"I still think he can beat Charles. I don't mean, of course, that Charles isn't okay, i I just, think that Joe. is still good enough to whip any of the heavyweights around. If he had done before what he's doing now, he would have whipped Charles last September. I il 1st laid vff fnr Ion or an A Vion fi iorl rnmo V.o He should have had some warm up fights, like he's having "TT A A ra 4t.

a now ne wasn i reaavior unaries alter laviner otf sn ionfr "But when June rolls around he will have had four or five fights under his belt. That's all he needs. Hell beat Charles and win the title back. TU sure be glad to see him do it, too. That Joe Louis is the greatest guy I knew." With Rav Robinson was through talkinc.

'Th last thing he said before leavine was "Some dav when I have more time. IU tell you all about, me in Paris. Gee. what a city!" Then he went stalking out the door to resume training for Jake: LaMotta, the middleweight champion At least for a few more daj anyway. ing a razor like left hand, me thodically began wearing him down.

Ia the final round. Cardell still had enough fight left in him to come out of his corner and start trading blows with the champion. Alter tne one minute mark or the stanza elapsed, all the fight been drained out of him. and Ike continued putting over the coupe de grace. Both radio and video fans were given an, armchair description of me oout on a national hookup.

Willie Mosely's Golf Appointment Hailed By WTLL ROBINSON (Courier Golf Writer) I V. .1.. i i Adams with 24 were the big Detroit's six municipal golf courses, shattered the precedent of i me luicwiuiiiu vjrunera A3ftoaauon oy ninng wmie jvioseiy, a we Powers through the Department of Parks and eation for an officl announcement to be, Issued this week. The new head pro of all of the ciiy's courses is a member of the PGA whose present rules prohibit Negro membership In Its organization. 1 The PGA's by laws are similar to the rules of the American Bowling Congress that restricted membership to the Caucasian race only but which were changed last year to In elude everyone.

Ted Rhodes, peer of beige golfers, was the victim of PGA bias in crooner Blng Crosby's tournament In California recently. All six of the Detroit courses are used by tan fairway addicts Aside from Rackham, where It Is estimated 40 per cent of the play consists of Negro golfers. Palmer and Chandler come In for heavy traffic amonv the sepls stroktirs. The others used sparingly are Belle Redford and Rouge. All are eighteen hole layouts except Belle Isle, a nine hole affair.

Mosely, an auto factory worker. a graauaie oi the city' school system. He is one of th flight lolfers in the United Golf Association domain and always finished hieh amonr th loor. in tournaments conducted by thl3 Doay. tUY 1.

SEtW 2 fcTW COINS Kentucky Cagers Dump Tennessee KAiMKr JKT, Ky. Kentucky Aiaies morobred quintet nosed out Tennessee State, 53 52, in the last minute of play to earn a Midwest Conference cai vlrtnrv last week. Nor To Roliouo Creomulsloii relieves promptly because it foes right to the seat of the trouble, to help loosen and expel germ ladea phlegm and aid nature to sooth and heal raw, tender, inflamed bronchial membranes. Guaranteed to please you or money refunded. Creomulsioa has stood the test of millions of users.

cnEor.iui.sion valM, ACaaa racartta lla'e PvnUciua 1 a 4 Light and final round of their fight at Detroit's IK? i CXpiOSIVe. UeTT Olympia last weak. Cardell, who took a ter Champion Ike Williams, right, lands a hard rific beating in this round, was unable to an left to the face of Vic Cardell in the eighth twer the bell for the ninth. INP. Ike Finds the Range Against Cardell in 3th i ri'PTRrirTVn thaf thov'va trA rrViti't rrhf rVtmntnn Tlr A Williams that he must defend his title soon, the TrentoiN.

icnui, accins iu navtr iuuiiu ma une uine zesi iur iignung again. A. 1 1 lmsi ween, iKe me lansw here the kind of fight thev eniov seeing when he battered Vic Car aeu into submission in tie nmtn round of a tenJ at the Olympia. Referee Morrie Sherman 1 called a halt to activities at the end of the eighth round. Cardell.

Ms left eye closed tight, his right eye cut and his nose bleeding nrofusely, was obviously in no shape to continue against the veteran chopper. From the opening bll. Cardell was game enough. He soon found out that they don nay off on gameness though, as Ike, display Slow Game See Shaw Beat A. T.

RALEIGH, N. a Shaw University toppled the Aggies of A. and T. College. 42 37, In a slow contest at Spaulding Gymnasium, here, last week.

1 Both squads found considerable difficulty in hitting from the floor throughout the game, and at the Intermission, the visitors held a one point, 18 17 advantage. The Bears finally pulled Together in the final frame, pilfer ing passes Jrom Aggie players to set up crips which gave the Shaw team a 3S 30 lead with four minutes left in the game. Coach Brutus K. Wilson's cagers retained possession of the ball for most of the final minutes. High scorer for the Bears was Thomas Daniels.

caDtain. who scored 14 points, followed bv A Wilson with nine. Mahon dropped in nine points to lead Aggie scorers. BUY 1. SELL 2 BTW CIINS Fisk Drubs LeMoyne 5' NASHVILLE.

Tenn. The Fisl: University Bulldogs brought their season record to seven wins and three losses bv handinc a visitin? LeMoyne team a 75 33 drubbing last week before a iancitv audi ence in the Fisk Gymnasium. Fisk. bolstered by a trio of new faces, made life mi.vrahlc for the visitors from the startin? whistle. Freshman center.

Mil ford Lewis, who has never had the chance to show his wares before a home crowd, led the at tack with 18 points. Forwards Al Nelson, a freshman from Syracuse. N. ar.d "Jwn" Thompson, a native Nashvilllan. got In their Jicks with some of the finest playmaking Fisk rooters have "seen to date.

Lewis and regular center Bill Smith ran neck and neck in the scoring derby. Smith scored 17 points befg' Bus Thompson, coach, removed him In favor of the freshman pivot man. Clifford Brady led the attack for the visitors with 10 points, followed by substitute Walter Boyd with nine markers. i aaw IF rmm rartar aala sn4 ail Mr, af Vanm UVar. rtvmm et fton.

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US 2tt SL. H. Yt U. Dael. Memphis Red Sox Head Drops White Sox Suit CHICAGO A 535,000 suit filed by Dr.

V. S. Martin, of the Memphis Red Sox against the Chicago White Sox tember, has been settled, according to an announcement made? The suit was filed after thr sale of Bob Boyd. Red Sox nrat baseman, to the White Sox last August Boyd reported to the Sox on Aug. and was farmed to the Chicago cuh's farm team at Colorado Springs, a member of the Class Wetf ern League.

Dr. W. S. Martin. In his bill of complaint, charged the sale was made without bis sanction and without Ills knowledge.

He said the White Sox's general manager, Frank Lane, had ne gotlated the deal wth Dr. B. B. Martin, then general manager of the Red Sox. although he had been warned to deal with Dr.

W. S. The sale price waa $12,000. The settlement was made after J. B.

Martin had talked with hi two brothers this week. He later talked to Dr. W. Martin's law yer Chicago, where tne suit had been filed in Federal Court It was after thse talks that the president of the league announced the settlement. Prior to the annual winttr meeting held here last month.

Dr. B. B. Martin announced his resignation as general manager of the Memphis Red Sox. During th? meeting he announced his purchase of the controlling interest in the Houston Eagles.

Th? other owner Is Dr. William IL Young of Memphis. Hugh Cherry of Blytheville. Arlc, was associat ed with Dr. Young in the operation of the Eagles in 1949 1950.

The difficulty arose on a technicality," said the league president, "and that has been worked out through the league offices. It was settled Friday, and every one is satisfied." Martin also announced the meeting to arrange the 1951 scheduled of the Negro American League will be held about the middle of this month. The league roster has been trimmed from ten to eight clubs Chicago, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Philadelphia. Memphis, Birmingham. Kansas City and New Orleans.

The Houston Eagles 'will play their home games Ln New. Orleans. "We're looking forward to a i A 4 3Ll FIT AS A FIDDLE 6d news to the thousands cf Campanella fans sprtij throughout the country cm be found in tils picture. shows the BrooVlyn after the bandages hi bt removed from the eyt jured in a recent explosion. Its easy seeing that every, thing's okay.

Rowe Photo. good year in 1951," said Marti, 'and practically every club in tt league will be stronger thin 2 195a" Make Big Cask Profits BesMu far naull Mmmmm. fatm O.K. TAILORING CO. 3 S.Miraat IS.CkM.a.

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