The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 24, 1932 · Page 6
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

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fcAOK SIX Extra! Cubs Capture Catalina Island JSLjfTHfeVlLLR. (ARK.) COURIER NEWS -'Country. Boy Who'Broke ; • NurmiY Mark Looks / ; Like Olympic. Timber. '•-'*•..• BY DEXTER TEED . -•:.-::•.' NEVRmicc Writer ; ": BOYERTOWN, Pennsylvania — . Galloping.,across the-prajrie with . an-effortless-stride, a tall, skinny boy laughed joyously as lid oui- --'dislanctd (lie other boys chasing him. 'lie turned and cnme lu/i- ..'•Irig up' ;o;the genrral store at the hamlet of -. Leaf Vnlley, Minn. • •. "Golly,' ftov thai little Verizko • '..kid can run," 'exclaimed one. old- timer. "RUJIS like he. \vas born a- .running .Atts bo natural-like." • ••. That was jilne-year-o!i! Gene i-..Venzke, who.14 years later was to , arriQM the world of athletics by funning a mile In 4 minutes and • • 10. seconds at the New Yoik A. C. ... indoor games, with a final dynamic burst of speed that brought 12,000 pop'-eytd speetators to their feet In a storm of applause. • It surpassed the best -thai greal :Nurml had ever done. II broke .the-record cf 4 minutes 111-5 sec,' ouds that Vemlcc- had set only two . ' weeks before. And It assured Anier•Ica lhat here was a distance runner who. In the coming Olympics, will have a chance to return to this country records that Europeans have' held. • » • . ."Gen« Venike has enjoyed running since the days .h^ ran for .r-.fun. on the prairies, then Inter In •St.—Paul and Denver and finally here In Boyertavn, where he has lived for 12 years. • Two years ago he tried to enter • • theTMillrose games in New York, . but he was told to go out and get . • a "reputation. . /-dene lives In the country between Bpyertown and Pottsiovm. Tlicrt are eight children, with Gene in . the middle according to age. His V lather, William, has a farm in Flor. Ws but O«nc remains with 'his mother, thre e brothers and (our • sisters. Though 23 years old he is : only a' senior in high school, . because he dropped out. for' five .years tb work.as a loolmaker's ap- . prentice. . •• ' .' • Untif recently Gene didn't reil- . izc be might' be a champion. He played basketball pitched on the 'jaseballJeam,' played hockey, hand-' " Mil, swam-and did all the thtrujs ; athletic -youths .do.', Six years ng, h«' concentrated on running. H */: -.entered » minor marathon In Redd- 'ing and'won It. That wasn't hilich • ' - * • • - .-In 1926, he was in the Graphic ':. ."-marathon • in. New ?ork,. running Irpm tne.Bronx.tq City Hall. .No.. body' paid 'much attention to' the .. tall, dark-chaired youth who flnt.Owd in''55th place! Mike Sweeney, yet, V erafl coach' '«t Hill School, saw him and' started .to show him how it . was doiie:,Gene' Improved and ccn r tinued to. Improve. About a sear ago. h? began to attract attention. Unspoiled,: modest'a«d likeable, Gene Is a bit bewildered by fame. . He Is packed with nervous energy like •an Arabian pony. .. .. ; -. "Can't sleep for two days after a meet," he says,'then he tells this story: Alter his record-shattering performance in New York he tossed and.rolled,all night. At dawn he got u'p and went for- a walk through Central Park. , • . «" * • Before he went to New Yor.'t recently a local dentist met him on the street. Gene remarked that he had been having trouble with his teeth. "Well,'' said the dentist Jocularly, -Run a mile In four-ten and I'll fix 'em for you free," / Gene laughed. • ' "I was thinking about that all the Ime 1 was running," said Gene. When I came to that last lap I raid to myself, 'Well, I've got to do some sprinting to get my teeth fixed free," so I stepped on it." Gen e hopes to make the Olympic team. Next year he may go to college. Weighing 160 pounds and standing 6 feet 114 inches, he Is in wonderful physical condition. He doesn't smoke but he admits he "likes a glass of beer." He is of German descent and to the German families around here lie Is a hero. " '."" KIINKSliAY. FKlJUl.'AKV 2-1, 1932 BRUSHING UP SPORTS A skirmishing party of Chicago Cubs under Manager liogers Hoi'iisby launched the first oven act of the 1932 baseball season' the other day when into the Pacific to take Catalina Island, spring training base of the Cubs. Here ave severnl members of the parly: above 1 /left to right, front row—Pat Malone, exhibiting his btst picture Inking face; 7.ack Taylor, Malinger Hornsby and D. M. Renton, general manager of the island. Below, left, lo right. Billlc Herman, Sherwood Mi Kenzie, Harry Taylor, Vlnce Barton and Stanley Hack on the deck, of Ihc Avalon. New Star at Mile Distance Cooler To End Season Against Peering Friday COOTER, Mo., Feb. 24—Cooler j Wildcats, local high school basketball teams, will finish their most' successful season Friday - evening when they meet the strong high school teams of Deering there, liavlng recently lost their only ilcmbleheader of the season to neering. The local teams luive already won len (loiiblclieaders this season. The local boys team have lost three games this season, being rated contenders, with Steclc. Cnv- ulhCL-sville and Decring for county championship honors ut the nni Dual Peuiiscot county louniamcm (o be lield at Cimithersville ll'.e laiter part of March. The local girls learn lias also icsl Ihrcc gnmes Ihis .season mid | Hundreds of boys ... an elimination tournament. Irailin; lo tile national amateur championships . . . short, swarthy toys with bulging muscles. . . .skinny lads with long muscles crowds around th? rings ready to ihccr . . . or laugh. lli-rc comes Tommy Bomebody- urcither .... a nicely built youivj moil, with curly hair meticulously parted ... he climbs into his corner . . . across the v:ny Is a wxlxc-ihiijx'd youth ihey call Paul . . . Tommy nnd Paul sit, and Clare. Tommy Is Impressive ... he has briuid-new block trunks his initials are c-mbrolclercd on them In red letters . . . his shtxs tin! brand-new. . . unsculfed nice new gloves, too. Among the headlines newspaper.', might, as well keep standing arc- AGUA CALIENTE TRACK SUSPENDS and SENATORS SEEK ANOTHER HURLER. Urn- They fin'! Tommy and Paul are called (o the enter of the ring ... it Chen' goes up ... (he two youns men raise their hands above their heads ... a reply to their frbjiils . . . they listen soberly lu the rcfeice's instructions . . . they return to their corners . . . the bell rings. Tommy is awkward -. . . Paul Is skillful . . . you can almost tell by Ihe way they take their stances that this one is In the bag for P;uil . . . they spar .... suddenly Paul brings one right up from ibv door, Hush on Tommy's chin .'. . clown he goes ... on his fnce. Paul dances to hb corner . . . he elands doing n sprightly little shuffle . . .- Tommy never moves ... a few minutes latei- in one of [be dressing rooms, Tommy is brought, around ... he gasps, "I guess 1 van into one." O-i the way home that night, the ringsidei-s comment: . . . "Did you sea the wallop that Paul whatVhls-name- fastened on Torn-! my somcbody-or-other?" Laufer THEY ALL LAUGHED WHEN Rut* WtrfcW! went m the mound again* the Red Sox one day bjck » (303. The Sox management had planned to frame Ruit by having their big first basc- mao, "Casdy" UChance. engaje Rube in a \nendly wrestling match before the name to RC| fiim all tuckered out. After an hour of tlie most shen- iious tugging and hauling, the Rube ginned "Canoy." And all he did to Ihc Sox that afternoon was to beat them 1 to 0, allowing three hits and sttifcing out 14 batters. The wiesllkj had warmed him up I (licy laugh . gajne. it's part of th; Favorite occupation Is tlnkerln{ with a motor boat Hut won't run. That ought to re- lutr those critics who think Ihc .ludgt is something of a crank, In Another Stadium Thousands of faces packed around Ihe arena . . . the tights : BO out, except those above the rinr, U'aving the faces in semi- j dnrkuess . . . there is thunderous applause ns two men climb liilo the ring. One oC the boxers is young the county clminpimishlp honors. "Hurray for the'Kingfish." is the art 1 up girls. to them and the llaytl Gene •-Vendee's starting form notice Hie straight back line. Courier News Want Ads Pay. cry that goes up as hs takes his teat, in a corner . . . -for -the other man There is a tremendous ovation ... for five minutes the roar of the crowd resounds . . . Air Sergeant Saves Army. Blimp In Florida FORT.BRACJG, N. C. (UP)—Sergeant jFrank T>. Nefl, of' the second balloon company-at Pope Field here, whose home is In Narberth. Pa., has been commended for hlgli- ly meritorious action.in connection with his rescue of a storm-battered f.rmy blimp and its crew members. Neff, himself aboard the blimp, bravely fought his way against the storm to the left engine outrigger when that engine stalled'and hand cranked it until it started while the blimp was plunging and rolling before the wind across the army post. The rlghv engine had started at once from the cabin control. .The commendation was in n letter written by Major Gen. Benjamin D. BouWs, chief of the air corps. v ""''-' t <:v' Courier News Wfcnt Ads Pay. RITZ THEATER Last Time Today "Hey. Jack!" . . . "Yaaay! D2mp- sey "... and (he seconU fighter; smiles and bows his acknowledge- , mcnt. The first round is slow . . . not many minutes have-, passed betorr I realization sweeps over the crowd | that what they have come to see they never will see again . . _ the I old Dempsey punch . . . the old! whirlwind action . . . the weaving and bobbing, followed by sudden '. crushing blows . . . the old mnn' just shuffles .• . -. boring in . . . I taking it ... he is very tired, i * • • » All that's lacking in the Dempsey ballyhoo is the statement that Jack is trying to come back only so he can bring back the championship to the United Stales. • . • • Giving Him the "Bird" The second round is tlic same . ineffectual mauling from Dempsey . . . wild swings from the young Kingfisii . . . jarring ! their heads . . . "he's n' chump- back (lie old chmnm'on's hrad 'time j . . . -'Yeah, a chump for 45 after time . . . ripping body'grand" . . . "H's not worth it" smashes that make the old Mauler] On the way out the crowds chat- hang on . . . it npjwars the I tor . . men look around know- Mauler is jusi feeling his wny ingly through. the kiu .. The third round is Hi? snme . . . game. then a long "boo" begins . . they want action . . . they want Dempsey to shoot that left hook wing' they have btcn "in at it's part of the Ing in there Detroit has five candidates for the job of catcher. Young men KingflKh go head over heels like Willnrd went" . . . -like Tic- po went . . . like Carpenter but the Mauler just nnd scq the I these days know a soft job when they sec it. This is • (he time of ytjur when the manager of the Washington went puffs . . . not a chance. (Senatois announces .that he hns At (he ringside sits a little old i found somebody to fill (he shoes num. peering up through \yenk eyes o' Joe Judge. . Bat Nelson . . "he's not half bad, at that, for a man who has been out of the ring nearly five Chick Hafcy says he can't see the contract offered by the Cards this years" . . . but there are other i year. After watching Chick mi=s 'em sounds, too ... newspaper men I in that last world "series, we beat the ringside remember the jean to doubt if he ever would see Dempsey that was . . . and shake • anything again. dont need no fixin', Doc!" Ki«» Are Patriotic DAYTON, Ors. (UP)—Mck Stevens, a farmer south of here, has three patriotic kids—one .white, one red and one blue. They were born during a snowstorm. The nanny has her hands full with the triplets. i Matin«y—2:30 - Night—6:45 Atlm.—Matinee—10 and 30e Night—10 and 35c See 'No One Man' : with Carole Lombard Also Nws and Comedv Wetbetdiy and thnndty Matinee— fc:30 - Night^-6:45 Adm.— Matinee and Night— 10 and 25c SEE 'Expensive Women' .'•;- . - With .Delores Costello Also News and Comedy Thontey Adm.—Matinee—10 and 30c Night—10 and 35c See 'Peach-0-Reno' with Bert Wheeler, Robt Woosley and Dorothy Lee Also News and Comedv It's Old Man Sun Who's always done The gentlest of tobacco curin'; Look at this sheaf Of natural leaf, The kind that makes OLD GOLDS « alluriu'. • These "heart leaves"' hold The mild, sweet gold Due to the sun's benign attention; That natural ttislc Can't be replaced By any stuff of man's invention. OLD GOLDS! You get A cigarette That's Nature's own ... no added flavor--. The leaf inside Is planter's pride The kind that needs no added savors. SMOKE PI RE-TOBACCO OLD GOLDS [No "artificial flavor," ,„ .,.,„,,,, lllc ll>rnat or laim |he hre((th _ . N ot a co iigh in a carload!!

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