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"SNOWY" BAKER, A GREAT REFEREE; KNOWS
'BOXING AND MEN, TOO
By Tom Andrews.
The arguments over the Lang-ford-McVey
battle, at Sydney,
Australia, in which. McVey was
returned the winner by R. L.
"Snowy" Baker, has caused many
to inquire what sort of a man
Baker gave the fight to McVey,
and Tommy Burns, who seemed
to be pulling for Langford, de
clared the decision unfair, as did
sonie sporting writers, especially
the critic of the Sydney Referee.
This recalls to me Eugene Cor
n's decision, when Langford and
McVey fought in Paris last April.
Corri called it a draw. I saw the
fight and thought Langford had
a shade, but had to admit later
that Corn's decision was correct,
as McVey jabbed Langford and
did the most damage, although
Langford, at times, worked
havoc on McVey's body.
No doubt this gave McVey
courage and in' Australia he
profited by experience and Ba
ker's decision was as near correct
as could possibly have been given.
Baker has a splendid reputa
tion. I watched him frequently
in Australia and never saw him
make a mistake, save once. This
was in the Gabby-Dave Smith
fight. I thought Clabby held
Smith for more than half the
distance and should have a draw.
In a previous battle between
Johnny Thompson and Tim
Land, Baker got into an argu
ment with Clabby. Thompson
was unable to see with his left
eye after the seventh and Clabby
kept telling Baker that Land had
something on his gloves.