Daily News from New York, New York on December 19, 1926 · 31
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WALKER MUST FIGHT FOR POPULARITY KEARNS WILL HAVE TO CUT $200,000 PRICE f r i K. O. Phil Kaplan Dare Shade Pair of good middleweights for Mickey to battle. to a decision in this or any other state where decisions are the vogue. Kearns wants money and plenty of it. - Price too High. .' He already has fixed the modest sum of $200,000 for a return fight between Walker and Flowers. Of course such a tab is out of the question. Tex Rickard will not give him one third that amount. Deposed! ( Mickey Walker (left) ham m goad chance ta became a popular champ if Jack Kearna (right), hit manager, come dawn on hi price and v let Mickey da tome fighting. Plenty of Good Men Want a Crack at Mickey. ' - mm By JACK FARRELL ' If Mickey "Walker really wants to live down the suspicion that he is the world's middleweight champion in name only, and by the grace of a questionable decision, he can do so by exposing his title to such dangerous titular aspirants as may declare themselves. There is but one shortcut to popularity in the boxing racket, and that is by fighting, not merely going through the motions with pa-lukas and pushovers, but battling worthy opponents. There are, at this writing, comparatively few worthy opponents in the middleweight division, but there are enough to apply the well known acid test to the new champion. Tiger Flowers, whom " Walker succeeded as champion, was not a great fighter as great fighters go, but he was an active champion. He has been on the go ever since he whipped the late Harry Greb, and he proved that his first victory over the Pittsburgh Windmill was no accident by giving him a return fight and beating him more convincingly than ever. " Has Good Prospects. Of course we do not suspect that Walker will ever reach the heights of pugilistic eminence of such eol-orful and famous predecessors as Bob Fitzsimmons, Stanley Ketchel, Tommy Ryan and Billy Papke, but with any kind of breaks and proper handling, he should have no trouble making as good a name for himself as champion as - Mike O'Dowd, George Chip, Al McCoy and Johnny Wilson. O'Dowd was a fair to middling fighter, which is more than can be said of Chip, McCoy and Wilson. Early prices quoted by Jack Kearns, Walker's manager, indicate that Mickey is going to be a tough hombre to hitch to a contract to defend his title in & bout .t Dartmouth Quintet Takes Annual Xmas Jaunt Dartmouth's strong basketball team, one of the favorites for the championship of the intercollegiate league, is now on its annual Christmas jaunt and will be in the metropolitan district this week. Coach Lew Wachter's charges played the first game on their trip with M. I. T. last night. They will swing into action again tomorrow when they clash with Manhattan college in the Green and White gym. - This tilt between the Hanoverians and the Riverdale ave. quintet will give an excellent indication of the New Englanders' strength, and will be well worth seeing. Manhattan last year boasted an excellent team, which proved to be good enough to defeat City College, and this season is stronger than ever. Dartmouth probably has a bigger and better supply of material than Columbia, Cornell, Princeton, Penn and Yale, the other members of the league. Coach Wachter has in Capt. Jimmy Picken and Harrison Dey, last year's leader, two of the finest forwards on any one team in the east. Red Hein, a sophomore, is a promising center. Ellis and Heep, both veterans, are a fine pair of running guards. . Formidable Opponents. -To send against these stars, Manhattan has several luminaries of its own. Capt. Neil Cohalan and Bill Maloney, both letteraen, are holding forth at the forwards. These two men are dead Bhots, with the leader having gained the distinction last winter of scoring nine field goals against City College. Three tall and fast heavyweight centers are on deck in the persons of Mike Mazurki, a freshman; John Cohalan and Tom Skidd, veterans. The newcomer, who is 6 feet 3 inches skyward, seems to have the call. Mike Hays, a high scoring guard on the varsity ever since his freshman year, can be certain of his job again. Dan Horan, a former sub, is in the running for the other guard assignment, but J. Cohalan and R CP Coach Nat Holman Johnny Roosraa City college coach and last year's Army star. Tiger Flowers Neither will Humbert J. Fugazy. Jack says he can get it in Chicago. If he can, he's welcome to it, but we have our doots. If Kearns comes down to terra firma and is willing to listen to reason, he can keep Walker on the active list. Before the winter wanes he can have a shot as such worthy contenders as K. O. Phil Kaplan, Dave Shade, Maxey Ros-enbloom and Jimmy Slattery. But if Kearns has only one price, you can rest assured that Walker and his title will hang on the rack for a long while. He may do some fighting in the sticks with a few nonentities, but we hate to believe Kearns is not smart enough to realize that it's a difficult matter for even the" most sophisticated manager to distinguish between the dangerous foe and the so-called Joe Dundee will tell you that the sucker hunting is terrible, and Kid Kaplan will also vouchsafe for the same. . Jack Kearns might do well to take heed to the advice of Pete Latzo, the welterweight champion, who says: "Any time I fight, my title goes on the block, and the money must be there so that if I get licked and lose it, I have at least something to count after it's over." Skidd are also striving for the job as Hayes's running mate as long as their prospects of winning the center post are not very bright. Play Stevens Tuesday. On Tuesday Dartmouth will oppose the formidable Stevens team at Hoboken, and on the following day is due to journey up to West Point to clash with the cadets. Brooklyn Poly, to be met by the Hanoverians on Thursday night, will be something of a letdown. In view of the graduation of Johnny Roosma from West Point, Army's prospects are somewhat uncertain. Cornell, as usual, is making a much later start than any of the other members of the league and will not play its opening game until Wednesday. At that time Coach Howard Ortner'i players will face Colgate at Hamilton. Columbia, the defending champion of the circuit, is in for a rough and tumble affair this week, for the alumni will be met on Wednesday. Several other games will be played in these parts this week. Union, usually represented by a strong team, will battle with the Crescent A. C in Brooklyn tomorrow. St. John's will entertain Mid-dlebury at the same time, and on Wednesday will be host to St. Francis. On Christmas eve Coach Nat Holman's City college five will take on the alumni. KEEN COMPETITION LOOMS i FOR CITY BASKETBALL TITLE Columbia, N. Y. U., Ford-1 ham Have Strong Teams. ; With Columbia, Fordham, City College, N. Y. U. and Manhattan all looking forward to presenting strong basketball teams, the battle for the mythical metropolitan championship this winter bids fair to be unusually keen. The Blue and White is the defending title-holder, principally on the strength of its having won the intercollegiate league laurels. The only prominent local quintet met by the Lion a year ago was N. Y. U., which was disposed of quite handily. fVraoV Tlnn Mnorifm Tina AVnitfihL? three of the five regulars who won the league title last winter, so Columbia anticipates another good season. These veteran stars Jack Dlianfo'M Pant -Tnlr Iiwh and AVV't I It 111 V - " Bill Madden are considered among the greatest basicetDaii piayers in 1 1 a j . it the east, ana an were piacea on me oAmnAcitji fiH.lA0TlA tPATVlJl chosen by the coaches at the end of last season. Rothenfeld, former High School nt ftrnimpri' hov. received five out of a possible six votes from the mentors lor au-ieague lorwara. UViVM J. " " " - ' ning guard, whila Madden, although he seldom scored, unquesuonaDiy stood out as a remarkable defensive man. Even Johnny Roosma, Army s captain ana mg gun, was unable to score a field goal against Bill. . TTnffl Wmnt Moms rtntetuvs regularly after the new year, Fred Kieger is expectea to noia aofu a forward assignment. Both these men were among the leading subs last winter and won varsity letters. Ed Courtney is taking care of the eenter iob. filled for the last three years by Al Mannheim. . Q Q, - Bill Madden Mount Morris Columbia basketball hopes. Fordham, with a number of vet erans at hand plus the members of last year's great freshman squad, expects to have the finest quintet in its history. Joe Manning, last year's captain, and Tommy Rohan, veteran guard, have been lost by graduation, but Capt. Tip O'Neill and Johnny White, forwards; Jim Zackszewski, center, and Tom Leary, sub guard, remain. White is assured of a job, but Capt. O'Neil has lost his place. Bo Adams, t, considered one of the greatest basketball players ever to register at Fordham, has just about sewed up a forward assignment, although only a sophomore. Zackszewski is having trouble in trying to retain his pivot post, with Pop faweetman, another soph, trying to take it away. Two years ago Zack performed sensationally, but last winter suffered a slump. At guard. Coach Ed Kelleher is using Dougherty, a sophomore, and Leary, with O'Neill, Reardon and Woods as subs. Under Nat Holman, who probably has the most consistently successful record among college basketball coaches. City College is due to have a team considerably stronger than last year's five. h J ft L Tex Rickard YOU D0NT HAVE TO BE AN ATHLETE TO GET INTO PRINT By WESTBROOK PEGLER. In your perusal of the sport pages you may notice that much of the reading material is devoted to the opinions and business affairs, adventures, whimsies ana what nots of men who never took any notice able part in athletics, but somehow managed to outlive champions in print. I believe Tex Rickard, who has had as much publicity as a dozen martyr saints, never was art athlete except at those gentle games which are played on a billiard cloth table. As I get the his-tory of Ban B. Johnson, he was a reporter before he became a baseball man. John Hevdler, the president of the National league, was some sort of oflke help under several presidents of the league and showed such a remarkable tale-it for keeping his mouth shut whin he had nothing to say that they finally set him at the big desk, wit h a lot of buzzers to buzz in the manner of high power executives. Art for Art'a Sake. Will Gibson, who has been increasingly manifest for about twenty-five years as the manager of spectacular tumblers and champion fist fighters, may have done some scuffling himself, but H o it was all done strictly m the interests of public decorum in hurling noisy customers out of his drinking saloon. - Paddy Mullins, now pleasantly quiet again after six years of pestiferous prominence as the manager of Harry Wills, was a neighborhood star with the bungstartrr in his days as a saloonkeeper on th.j Bowery, but I understand he fought only for the love of it and alwaya on the pavements. Or One-Eyed. The total measure of the typo that has been set to tell the story of One-Eyed Connolly in hi brakebeam ex- cursions must run into miles, for Connolly has been bum-m i n g around the country for a right long time now, getting himself an occasional thirty-day jolt in some branch line jail-house and bobbing up again, noisy and friendly and just tidy, wherever the big crowds gath er. One-Eyed Connolly is not lovely any way you view him, and he is not what you would call a wit. Ilo has been booted in both the figurative and literal meanings of tho word by some of the most prominent men of his time, and ha" bus no pals. You might wonder, then, why it is that One-Eyed Connollv was made prominent. I suppose It was because he is unusual. In the sport business you jog around the country quite a bit and you're always meeting One-Eye in Louisville on Derby day, in Indianapolis at the motor speed way on Memorial day, in Shelby, Mont., and St. Petersburg, Ha., in Atlantic City and Miami, in Saratoga, Chicago and Los Angeles. Invariably he is in the hands of receivers, which is his way of stating that he needs two bucks, and invariably some copper is threatening to put him in the refrigerator if he dcesn't get out of town right away. One-Eye is harmless, and if ho were to run fifty yards he would fall right smack down and die himself plumb dead, but he must bo almost as well known as Charlia Paddock at that. i One-Eve Connolly . wee mite un

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