The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 23, 1931 · Page 8
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, May 23, 1931
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"\UK KIOHT COUKI>:K-NK\VS ! Millions For Wrestlers But Not Cctil For Mitt-Men BRUSHING UP SPORTS ••-• , aMEP. FUCK.OFCUVa.NMO UXW THE -AMERCiM leA&OE BHtlMfo Grunt and Grimace Re-j placed by Swift Action! On Grappling Mat. j EDITOR'S NOTK: After >e:irs cf uii|KJpularity, wrf.%tliiiR Is un- der£olll£ a trcim'iulous This is the first uf si si-rivs »t six articles revealing llio srop.' or (he modem mat tame. i.imlyjrr the causrs of Its rcKcnerAlhm an-J Invrtflsatinj Ihr rom'Mcl a' matclirr ns they arc staged lo-ay. BV WILLIAM IWAITCIIKU ' NKA Service Sports Killl-ir NEW YORK, May 23.—From Ci]v Cixi to the Golden Onlc is a loir way lined with rich cities Ililn 1 with sporls fans hvngry -for (!'.( thrills of violent action. That Is the golden liiglway »Testlers are riding today. Airl Hit .reason is showmanship as fin; never furnished in a licljsco third act In which Sinister Sam McGriiw meets his boo-rcsounrtlng doom al •the hands of Handsome Hurry Hi'in- Ingway. the clean cut prolajon!::'.. Meanwhile boxing sulicrs' In tin: throes ot a self-inflicted depression—and, while wrrKllcrs ridv glove-wleldcrs arc walking on well- worn heels. Lackadaisical milt programs have done much lo kill tint spovt, but the grunt, creep and grimace ot wrestling's earlier, unhap- ;pier day have been replaced by a Stathing headlong attack which has capture;! the public imagination. Into me new pattern of wrestling have bec^ blended slaj»sl!ck and so- bcr-sldcd 'melodrama In nn appealing and moving measure. The only showmanship thai seems to be omitted in the modern mat melee Is' perhaps the wearing of a Chaplin costume, ll'.r singing of a mammy song or Ihe gunfire of road agenls attacking the coach nt Fargo. The rest o: it seems to. be all there. . The revival, gaining hradway slowly all winter, burst Into full .b'.cssom shortly after the first of the year when thousands were turned Hveay from Madison Square Garden where one of llic several \vorl:l champions, Jim Londos, defended his title against Jim McMillcn square shouldered plunger who used to run Interference for Red Orange ot the University of Illinois. More than 23,000 customers packed every crunny of the Garden that night netting a new all-time attendance record for sporting events and bringing in a gate of $57.000. The colorful Londos, ticketed will "the Greek Ood," "the Apollo," "the Adonis of the Arena," and various other catch-names, has gona and down the country since then, defending his championship almost nightly In one city or another. Some sort of world record was established by the Adonis recently when he was the main attraction at IP shows In 10 different cities in 12 nights. The cities were AilnnU. Richmond. Washington. Baltimore. Philadelphia, New York, Boston. Chicago, St. Louts and Memphis. - And In each of tbcse cities the show was. a sellout, the box-offlco being closed before the show started I ' Between January, 1930, and January, 1931, Lcndos alone will eari .more than 5300,000 at his present scale of wages. Already he has profited more than $100,000, and blj outdoor matches are- In the ofling for the summer months. In the few montlis that Dai George held the title after winning it from Gus the Goat Sonnenberg he collected S100.000 before losinj recently to Strangler Lewis In bout ati Los Angeles. With Londos earning {300.000 year, how much is the public paying annually for the wrestling o the other "champions." near champions, semi-finalists and prcliml nary puffers? •Figuring on gates In such cltic as Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston New York, Denver, Kansas City, St Louis. Cleveland. Buffalo. Moutrca and Toronto ranging all the was from $10,000 to $75,000, it would no be hard for even a baseball umplr to see that tt-.c racket. Is prett good pay. The : undcr-champions and semi finalists, by dint of plugging, can earn all the way from S10000 t EBFs~»i2i^=t'^r/£,^ share between 25 and 30 per ccn: of,the gross, the semi-finalists draw- Ing a 5 per cent end and the apprentices getting ail the way from $50 to S3CO. Tire frequency of the shows. In- dlcaled by Londos' successive one- night stands in various cities around one.of the'big wheels, and the showings of Strangler Lewis, the other champion, on the other circuit, prove without doubt that wrestling Is "up In the bucks" and then some. • Meantime, events' arc moving toward an outdoor show on a scale undreamed of since the $100,000 Gotch-Hackenschmldl affair at White Sox park In Chicago. 20 years Madison Square Garden, above, New Vcrk's mammoth sports auditorium, collected 23.000 spectators find turned away 10.000 more one nl 3 ht last Febnmy sis Jim tlcs defended his wroftlins clnnvilnns'.ilp from .lim McMillcn. former Illinois loo'.ball star. The attendance was an all-time record for the Gard-n Lon- Laufcr THE' UU0N 10 STRM4Ur 6AM ES N fill M ME Aft OF \% AS 6CSEPN-W CReoiTeo TO \ 'BooKS OK! APRIL ID.\ HE RELIEVED TESREAO " INN!IS!G> m I .lAl^AM KAUCBB . uino cw lea WHY BASEBALL FANS INVARIAW-V PICK •VPT How can n player *o llic air on shot Sox Hope to Beat Their Jinx tl'.n big Brooklyn southpaw -,vcnt out and pitched the Robins '.o a 2 !o 1 victory over the Olanls. nvi- the Hcbins' losing L;.nne.i. streak o' >i Sinclair Surprises Us. Harry Sinclair, who owned Zev Hie leading money winner of all thinks Twenty Grand is "a fine horse." When . Twenty Grand won the Derby in 2:01 -1-5 we began to sur.pcct that very thing, loo. Mr. Sinclair confirms the opinions of only about 00.000.000 i»ople who are aware there is such a horse as Twenty Grand. • • * C':m Such Thinp; Be? Art Devlin; scout for the Giants, uas talking Uis other day. using his hat as a microphone. "When the spitball first came into use," spake Art. "every pitcher who couldn't use it was faking it One day Hub Purdue fanned Fred Mcrkle four times In a row and Mcrkle said: 'Watch that guy's spilball. It's unhittable!' "Well. Purdue wasn't using a spit- ter at all. He was faking it and fanning Mcrklc on a fast ball (hat Fred would have murdered if he hadn't been thinking of the new spitball." (Pause while Ihe writer registers violent doubO Foor Olrl Ormsby; - Cleveland felt sorry for Umpire Red Ormsby a year ago when he was beancd by a pop bottle In a demonstration that the antics of another umpire started. But Cleveland fell very vexed with Mr. Ormsby Ihe other day when Red missed a decision at first base and called an Indian runner out when Jimmy Foxx caught a ball three feet away from the bag. Scribes the next dav declared Ormsby could not possibly have seen the play because his eyrs were filled with dirt kicked up by the player sliding to first. | Ormsby steadfastly refused to call a conference of Ills fellow umpires on the play, which led the local scribes to hazard the assertion that It may have been Ormsby's heart, rather than his eyes, that contained the dirt. tained, swift vitality without which the shell, however comely, is an empty counterfoil. Tildcn seemed to have everything 1 against kozcluh and Richards. But he could beat those fellows without turning on the power. They did not put him on a spot where he had lo depend upon speed and dash. He won without vitality. I.AKGK STADIUM Nanking, China's new capital, is i have the largest stadium in the Far East. It will be ready to seat an audlepce ft 80,000 when the national athletic meet is held from Oct. 10 lo 19, inclusive. .SATURDAY._jIAY23, 1931 'hillies Victims of Good Pitching; All Other Major .Teams Held Idle. The Brooklyn" Robins and the Philadelphia)!* had the major league picture all to themselves yesterday. Their game was Hie only one sciiciinlert In the National league and ratn held the Urncri- cnn league teams idle. The Robins looked a little like last year's team in beating the Phillies twice at Philadelphia. The •xor.-s, 3 to 2 and 5 to 2. The wins •shct the nnliins to the head of the second division. Dazzy Vance hurled fine ball in the first game until he was slightly Injured- on a line drive -in the ninth and forced to retire in favor of .lick Qulnn. Bcnee was the losing hurlcr. Joe Shaute held the Phils to six hits In the second game and won his fourth victory .over the Phiiadelphla club. Babe F.Ttnan. Frederick and Whitney hit homers. Ancient Righthander Wins Sixth Game; Griffin Turns Back Crax. .George Von Elm, ranks of the golf amateurs to make it a business last year, has collected $1957.50 in the six tournaments in which he has placed among the kaders. Ray Caldwell waved his magic and sincient arm. yesterday and (he Birmingham Barons won a close game • from the Pebbles to increase their margin over the second place Crackers who lost to the Chicks. Old Man Caldwell limited the Travelers .to seven hits while his mates got to Leo Moon for 11 Din Sles and a 3 to 1 victory. The Birmingham veteran did not allow a base on balls. It was Caldwell's who quit the | sixth victory of the season. The Chickasaws defeated the Crackers at Memphis with Clarence Griffin besting Buddy Hearn HOW THEY STAND Southern Birmingham Atlanta New Orleans Memphis ... Nashville Little Rock . W. 2C IB 13 13 17 10 Chattanooga .: ....... 10 Mobile ............... 15 Pr-t .Gilt .514 .514 .IWi .488 .471 .414 .395 American t*agnc W. Philaelelphta 21) New York is Washington ;. 19 Detroit ; 16 Chicago 12 Cleveland '. 12 Boston : -. .11 St. Louis 9 National Lcarm .• , ' W, St.. Louis 10 Nev; York ifj Boston ie Chicago 13 Brooklyn 14 Pittsburgh 13 Philadelphia 13 Cincinnati G .741 .W! .ci:( .471 .4M .4CO .379 .340 .593 .520 .452 .•HH .431 .222 GAMES TODAY Southern League Atlanta at Memphis^ Mobile at Chattanooga. • Birmingham at Little Rock. New Orleans at Nashville. American [.fagat Detroit at St. Louis. . Chicago at Cleveland. Boston at Washington, Philadelphia at New- York. National League New York at Boston.' Philadelphia at Brooklyn. SI. Louis at Cincinnati'. Pittsburgh at Chicago. six to win 1 to 0. The Chicks bunched three of their hits in the fourth for their run. Griffin did not issue a free pass. Tlie Chattanooga Lookouts lost to the Mobile Marines, 7 to 3. The Lookouts made five miscues which added to 14 Marine hits produced the winning score, 7 to 3. McColl was the winning hurler. Bigelpw hit a homer. Iowa, Missouri, Illinois and Om'j In a pitching duel. Griff allowed are the leading egg-producing'*! -but four hits while the Chicks got i states in .the United States. • his ball inlo Few golfers realize the important part backspln plays in getting iho ball IntD tlic air on the piti-'a shr>:. Many have Ihe idea that it Is only the luU of the club thai makes the the trajectory ago. But that Is another story. will bo considerably Jl '/ Out of (he win colum long It Ins become a Inh the Blytheville Red Sox to break their losing jinx , play the Big Pickery club of Mem- j phis here Sunday. The Sox. re-inlorced by arlditinn- al hitting and pltch'.n; striiivuh. t have high hopes of turning back, ' Ihe McmpMms nnd reyls'.cring a triumph after losing four straight , | games. ] Monk Wrijlit is slaled to hurl (or , Bljtheville or I^Ity Taylor. G!eason. Tenn., southpaw, nny the nod if the Mcmphbns | many left handed hltir-r;. _ Memphis battery has i;:it 'nounced. The g-imo will be o'clock at Haley Field. I Ten Years Ago Today—Joe Shell's liltlc brother, Luke, Joined '.lie 1 Cleveland Indians fresh from t-e Sraduatlon exercises at the Utv.ver- for so sity of Alabama, where fnr uo In !f>v.\ years he caught on the vars/.v 1; i •will try ball learn, they The Shell Remains. Bill Tlirtcn didn't look his years In any ot his victories over Karl Kozeluh or Vincent Richards. He seemed to have everything. Cannonball service. Cunning, Strategy, Perfect placements. Amazing recoveries. Everything? Yes. everything but Krrt Munhall. veteran trainer of youth. Everything he needed lo beat Caineglo Tech athletic tennis l,-, 5 1 Cochet, Docg and the others, ex- IS years. his present ccpt that sweet warm spark, t Youth provides the power of sus- DeSoto Sales and Service 117 K. Main Street I'honc 888 Blytheville, Ark. HEADQUARTERS FOR GENERAL MOTORS lit territory lower than if you nil dosn 0:1 the ball, imparting n spin lo It. Bn:*s- One Year Ago Todny—Al gained revenge for his oniv k . 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