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dimes from old ladies to finance then
season. And it is to be a skinny year
for the players. Retrenchmen, said
Barrow, is to continue.
A fine card of twenty events has
been arranged for the opening meet
at the Coliseum tonight and the cur
tain raiser to the six-day race will
be a hummer. All of the six-day cy
clists have been entered in the two
professional sprint.races, a mile han
dicap and a five-mile op'en, while the
feature will be a twenty-mile paced
race between Bobby Walthour, Vic-
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BOBBY WALTHOUR,. ATLANTA,
One of the Starters in the Six-Day
Race -at the Coliseum
tor Linart and Clarence Carman,
three of the best at this style game.
The amateurs are booked to appear
in two races, a half-mile handicap
and a three-mile open. "Dare Devil"
Jimmy Hunter, the thrilling motor
cyclist, will entertain the fans with
a one-mile exhibition.
George "Kid" Lavigne, former
lightweight champion, is down and
put, He is to -such shape a benefit
Twill be given for him in New York
Lavigne was one of the greatest
little scrappers the ring ever pro
duced. He was champion in the
days of real fighters.
Lavigne did not land a title and
turn it into a meal ticket by picking
up easy money against second and
third raters, but defended it against
all comers, and in those days they
came fast and good.
Jimmy Johnston, who, as a boy
used to beat his way into Madison
Square Garden, New York, is today
general manager of the place. He
is the man who pulls off all the big
stunts at the garden.
Johnston, in his time, was a mes
senger boy, ironmolder, bantam
weight boxer and heavyweight man
ager. His rise is due to the fact that
he has ideas he is bubbling over
Johnston was the first man in the
country to have woman suffrage
leaders speak in a ring as a prelim
inary attraction. He packed the
'garden with that hunch.
He was the first to use women as
ushers at a fight
He was the first to name an Irish
fighter "Ah Wing" and draw about
400 New York Chinamen to the
ringside, besides a big laugh from the
He was the first fighter to know
enough to quit the ring when he
saw he had gone as far as he could'.
He was the first to open a regular
office for managing fighters.
Johnsorv's idea developed early.
When he was a bantam he always
insisted on seeing the boys he was
to box. When he was to be matched
with a youngster who was coming
rapidly, Terry McGovem by name,
Jimmy wanted to see him first. He
took one look at McGovem and ant
nounced: "That boy is too rough."
Several baseball players can go to;
first base as fast as Cobb, cover as
much ground in the outfield, slide or
-throw as-elL but none- can .bat -aq
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