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friend. Retains I JOE BORING IN Putting the finishing touches on in his training for the Nathan Mann fight in New York, Feb. 23, here's champion Joe Louis fighting in close quarters with Geo. Payne, a sparmate. Other photo shows the Bomber doing a bicycle act on an exercise mat.

CLfiKIl STOPS "SALA AS LOWS WATCH NEW YORK, Feb. 10 Dave Clark, 1734, a stablemate of Joe Louis, was awarded a technical knockout over Brune Sala, 175, in the feature event of the regular Saturday night card at Rockland palace. The fight was witnessed by Joe Louis and a capacity house. The bout was stopped In the fourth, round because of a serious cut over Sala's left eye, from which the blood was flowing freely. Jack Blackburn, Joe Louis' was In Clark corner.

In the semi final, Milton Shivers of Detroit. 139, was outpointed in eight rounds by Rudy Marshall, 154. of New York. SAY YOU SAW IT IN THE PITTSBURGH COURIER IP iraies' Ovjner Uoiild Organized By CHESTER L. WASHINGTON, Sports Editor "If the question of admitting' colored ball players into organized baseball becomes an issue, I would be heartily in favor of rt!" "I think that colored people should have an opportunity in oascoaii just as iney nave aaa opportunity In music or anything else.

This was the emphatic answer which William K. Bcnswanger, owner 'of The Pittsburgh Pirates of tho National League gave to Cumberland W. Posey, newly elected Secretary Treasurer of the National Negro Association and your correspondent when we sounded him out on the question of Negro plsyers In the big leagues here Saturday afternoon. Rates Joan as 'Big Leaguer "How would you rank a player like Josh Gibson. Mr.

Benswang er?" asked Posey, taking the lead in the cross examination. "Well. I saw Gibson about two Mad AND PEDALING IN Giants Return Home FORT BLlSS, Feb. 10 The formidable Fort Bliss Black Giants, greatest aggregation of all around athletes to be found in any CCC Camp, in the nation, have returned to Yalcta after a hlghly auccessful invasion of Old Mexico for a aerie of basketball games there. The outstanding game of the trip, was played on the second night in Torreon, where the Giants won out after a bitter struggle by a 35 30 count.

In this game, the Giants were trailing by an 18 8 score at the half. Coach Dolphus Stroud, educational adviser for the Black Giants, carried the team into the dressing room during the half and gave them the Inspiration to come bsck and win. ES Baseball; Imis felkmn, years ago and he certainly looked like big league timber to me," the Pittsburgh club's chief answered. "And Josh Is a much improved ball playrr since that time." Cum explained. "He's a greater hitter and a better and smarter catcher." "Well, then he IS a big leaguer!" Mr.

Benawanger declared. "I've seen lots of colored clubs play In fact, I watched almost every game Involving colored teams at Forbes Field for many years and I've seen several players but not all of them who appear to be Just as good as many of our men In organized baseball." he continued. "Take a man like Satchel! Paige SATURDAY, FEBRUARY' 12; Pitts fir Con le PAGE SEVENTEEN; qhh u. ouwuu uyj I I HAFTA GE PURTV I A A I rv. A I a Jill.

i 1 II ii ii Illl9' It ii itlllk liiiiiiiiit mi TTTT TTt 1. 1 I. fVOUUl A MAN ff A PMf NAMED MANN I 1 lsSSSBSBBSBBSS 1 'L: A.JA Kotos on a man named Mann: Natty Nathan the mystery Mann who meets Joe Louis York February 23 is a 'weaver' of the Dempsey Me. He's "all shoulders." A mediocre boxer. But a good iincher.

Not a You have to beat him or eet beat. ,.4 1 NATHAN MANN JOHNSONS STRUT THEIR STUFF IN MILLROSE GAMES InniiponMv frvlna 4 ft Itmmn nil with th Mnion boy Cornelius and Bn lUllroM Kames In the Garden Cat My nltht. Corny, whom kla ri Vtlt have been looklni up to for Ikmr time, won ftrtt In the high junp with 'a bar cloartnaT leap of I ft. n. Then "Brother" Ben Calumbl eavmo fleahlaf 4owa board to a new woiia indoor nrtrd of six seconds for the 80 hrd daub.

This Owens' tl Peacock's niarks for the dls tuco, which Is real nchlevo avnt. Sharinr honors with these John lea boys was husUlnf Jim Herbert ir York D. who turned Hi a tnsk victory after a brilliant fln fchlnr. npurt to win the class Mut ate 600. Jorrin' Johnny Woodruff of Flit, the Olympic MO champ, ran ta hard luck after leadtnr for ktf the dlsUnre In the MO.

then. ml down when he rot trapped In a Jim Mit failed to Inlah "In the fconry." did, iiowever, help Mlt' mile relay team win second KiiI.hp IVacock. the hone of Temple, fulled to shake off the ef of rc Injury, and couldn't tuiiify for the finals of the "60. GRIFFITH SEES SEPIA STARS IN ORGANIZED BASEBALL SOON Tim 1 tJ UnMnt Vr Af TVl a V'l oKl 1 CrVl Mrl. Ti'Ivgranh verifies our reeent ui upposuion io coiorea piayers Keck: fl.irlr ririffitH numor of a vTa quoted as saying the day is not ers win have to be accepted I iNMAN jackson tion hi recent years.

The closest the majors have come to erasing the color has been to permit a few Cubans to enter their ranks. This 1. Hi t0 attempts to slip in some Negro stars and the prac lice discouraged. Considering showmanship, ability to def Uy bndlethe fall and general court brilliancy, Inman Jackson of the Harlem dobc Trotters is being rankett with such sensational per omu i as Wee Willie Smith and Tarzan Cooper of the Rens. Inirviii og rated bv Norman of Min ncsota.

Krause of Notre Dame star centers In their own P'vot men they ever saw. In all justice to Josh TI i "no never Deen Knocxea down or out Beat back pedalling a. boiui onaiuiig aver" age is 46 pro fights. Won 39 (including 27 kayoes draws 3, lost 4. Percentage: .913.

Only flaw in record. Beaten by a "dude" Steve Du das jn 193BT. Nathan, now in training at Madame Bey's famous conditioning camp in Summit, N. (Farr's. jinx training site) will be knocking at the door of the heavyweight championship holder on the night of the twenty third.

Meanwhile the Brown Bom ber is going through his final training paces with a vengeance down in his rustic Pompton Lakes, N. J. camp. Joe has never lost a fight for which he trained at Dr. Bier's noted priming up resort which bears a sign at its entrance "Where Champions Train" and the champ does not intend to Jet the camp's tradition be 'broken.

Louis has had his "highs" and "lows" in his boxing drills, but Trainer Blackburn says Joe will be at his peek February 23. Jewles In boxlnr, those track spoUlght la the ttoto the BEN JOHNSON comment on the gradual fading i i ii in organized oaseuau. ynica ttA Wflnhincton Senators, is 1 0 far distant when Negro play into ine ranns 01 organizea i base ail, wmcn means uiey will plajr in the major leagues and throughout the minors. The subject of Negro baseball players mingling with the whites in the leagues long has been taboo. It has been tushed tushed by the magnates, although major league players have appeared against colored players in exhibition games.

There have been some great Negro players. One of the best Negro pitchers of all time Is Satchel Paige, who would make good In the big show except for the pigmentation of his skin. Griffith does not say just why he sees the door opening to the dark hued brothers after all of these years, but it is no secret that there has been some agitation in this direc and Wltasek of North Dakota rignt as one Gibson, jolting 'Joshua helped in.ii save ine santa uoumuwui 4Wv.w fhey cabled for Josh, the Dominicans were in the cellar spot the league. When Gibson's big bat exploded, they vaulted lo Uic ton. JES' CHES.

Howard ME U.P' TO' 9 SPABtlflTI By EDQAB T. BOUZEAU POMPTON LAKES, N. Feb. 10 Like the little shrimps, the gods must have their off days, too And this goes for the worlds heavyweight champion, Joe Louis, who Is train ing; here for his title contest with Nathan Mann In MadUoa Square Garden on February 23. have glimpsed so much of the real Joe Louis that am Inclined to feel he could beat a couple of Nathan Manns even when he La under wraps, but (or hia coming meeting with' the 3 yer old jolting farmer boy from New Haven, I would prefer to see the Brown Bomber at his best not as he appeared on Saturday.

I gathered In an Interview with one. of his backers (hat this Nathan Mann Is a sort of back street fighter, a guy with no special technique, but with plenty of stamina and a healthy wallop. In recent flghta he has been known to go ten rounds at top apeed, skelng out decisions by the very persistence of his attack. It would be a near calamity for your heavyweight chantplon to run Into a fighter of this type when he Is not In his customary fighting mood, ths fight racket being what It Is. On Saturday Joe was decidedly off color whle breaking In a trio of new sparring mates.

At the end of two rounds with Basher Dean, a colored brother from Newark, it was evident that Joe's mind was anywhere else but in the ring. Although the Basher has left him plenty of openings, the champ had coasted through, the workout and hadn't landed a single solid blow. He was still unimpressive during a two round workout with Pal Mo ran, a white bay from Ashland, Pa. was ahufTllng In as usual, but he was slow on hi feet and the quarry was continually dancing away. The thing became monotonous and the sports' writers were beginning to arch their brows when Joe suddenly decided to fool them.

Moran got in a stiff left which landed on Joe's nose and made the champion sore. Joe feinted with his right and uncorfied that nasty left of his. The hook caught Moran on the sldo of the face and knocked him clear across the ring. It was just a flash of vhat Joe could do when they got his goat. Mpran was followed by Tiger Hairston, pride of Pittsburgh, but the champion seemed to have shot hts bolt and was content.

He dawdled through the rest of the workout, throwing rights and lefts In desultory fashion. The rest of the session was uneventful. Trainer Jack Blackburn, asked to comment on Joe's peculiar showing, said that the Champion was sll right "I want Joe to save his fighting instinct for Nathan Mann," he said. "I'd rather have Joe Ipok bad In training and do his stuff in the right, than to do It the other way 'round, lflte some fighters I know. "Joe Is In excellent fighting trim right now, and that's all I ask.

And besides, I don't want him to scare away all his sparring part ners. He knocked Pal Silvers out so many times during the last two weeks that the poor fellow quit He wss a good man and we hated to lose him. Too many of the big fellows are In training now. There's Mann, Max Baer and Tommy Fair. These sparring mates can get Just as mulh rnpney from those fellows and take less punishment You can't blame them for staying away from Joe, and you can't blame Joe for going light with them." KY.

STATE'S PONIES HELD BYPUILLY'S' FRANKFORT. Ky Feb. 10 The PkiUdelplUav Command eurs, with Charlie Young and Jim ml Wood playtag an excellent braad of basketball, nosed out the Kentucky State College Five by the score of 4S 46. Edwards. Tatton and Moore starred for the Thoro breds.

There are plenty of white people who would appreciate our aide of the story If they knew It Tass your Courier along to such In CJ.A.A. Court Rack POMPTON PRILLS 7c. Favor Sepia he appears to be of big league caliber," he added. Pays Tribute to Trainer "Take the case of Gforge Aaten. That's the most eloquent answer the Pittsburgh ball club can give to your question," continued Mr.

Bcnswanger. "He's a colored man and he's been trainer for the Pi tates for nearly 83 years. We keep him as a trainer just because he's an efficient trainer. His 'color doesn't make any difference with US. "Of course Aaten is sensible enough to solve his own problem.

When our club goes into southern towns and other places where he might possibly be embarrassed, George makes his reservations and arrangements beforehand. So we don't have any hitch there. George always know how to handle that situation. Thinks Day WU1 Come. Then, as if to substantiate ths Si 1 1 1,1 Lv A i A a I I League To Act On Players Who 'Jumped9 The attitude of the owners of the Ncgi National League to of ward the players of the Negro National League who jumped to San Dominican Republic the past year, appeared to be along the attitude of "forgive and forget," although nothing specific was done.

Many star players will be effected by this decision of the league members. The big problem appears to be on the hands of the owner of tho Pittsburgh Crawford. Last season the Crawforda ended up with club which kept the other clubs on their toes to win despite the loss of most of their atara. All the playcra of last seaaon and "Satchell" Paige, Perkins, Matlock Carter, Bankhcad, Bell, Harry Williams, Patterson, Brewer, in addition are on the roatcr of Pittsburgh Crawford. Trades are also brewing between Homestead Grays and "Black Yanks" and between Wash "Elites" and "Black Yanks." IT PDayeirc opinion recently expressed by Clark Griffith of Washington, Mr.

Benawanger declared that he thought the day would come wnen coiorco players would get an opportunity In organized baseball. "If the colored league would come into organized baseball say for example tinder class then players in iht leanue. lust as in any other bracket club, would have the right to move up. The big advantage In organized baseball is to give a man the opportunity to movo up. "I firmly believe that just aa Negroes have their right in any tKinir else, thev should have a chance in organized baseball," ho concluded.

And so we left Mr. Benswanger, determined to sound out more of the major league club owners on this vital question and believing that our crusade to break down the racial barriers In the majors is not being waged in vain. Sate EneuD ty TVs. 1 vnns'Font HOWARD WASHINGTON, Feb. Scoring their Becond victory; in two successive days, Howard Bisons retained their; leading place in the C.

I. A. A race with a 41 35 win over Vk Klnia Union's powerful Ave in Howard Unlveralty'a gymnaatuAi, Saturday evening, February S. The fans that crowded every portion of the gym, saw the Burrmen at, their best as they downed the second place quintet from Willie Wynne, Howard's star forward, scored four sensational goals in the second period to keep the Bisons in the van. Tho Brooklyn1 lad played a sparkling game throughout tho game.

i GIVES VIEWS 1 'I .) I i WM. BENSWANOKR Presldoat of The Pittsburg Baseball Club who gave, la views about colored players la the big league to Courier repre sentatives Saturday..

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