Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
football team in the season recently
A new coach will be secured and
radical changes will be made in the
athletic government Charges have
been made that there was not
enough co-operation between the
various athletic authorities.
Jess Willard has been heavyweight
champion seven months and has
made more than $200,000 without
fighting a round. He is said to have
been paid $168,000 for 20 weeks with
a circus. He got about $25,000 for
newspaper and magazine articles and
about 20,000 on a theatrical venture.
Willard got 60 per cent of the money.
The rest went to men with whom he
is under contract
There seems little excuse now for
Johnny Kilbane, featherweight
champion, to refuse to meet George
Chaney of Baltimore. Chaney's lat
est performance was a two-round
knockout of Bobby Reynolds of Phil
adelphia. Two weeks ago Reynolds
stayed the limit in a six-round bout
with Kilbane. Chaney floored yRey
nolds in the first round and again in
the second before putting him away.
Gavvy Cravath, Philly outfielder,
led the National league in home rung
and led the outfielders in assists. The
short fence at the Phil park made it
possible for him to lead in both cases.
Cravath plays 77 games on the
small field, while outfielders of the
other teams play only 11 there. Gav
vy aimed his lusty swats at the short
fence and by fielding batted balls that
bounded off the fence was able to cut
down runners on the bases.
An electric shock that numbs every
muscle and deadens the senses.
That's what wrestlers who have
met Joe Stecher of Dodge, Neb., say
they experienced when he clamped
his powerful legs about their bodies
and rolled them over with his new
hold, a leg scissors, touted to be as
sure a winner as the bone-crushing
toe-hold made famous by Frank
The same hold is counted on to
T give Stecher a chance for the world's
championship if Gotch is coaxed out
of retirement Gotch has stated he
will tackle this 22-year-old Goliath
and is expected to sign articles soon.
A match between these two mat
artists will be the biggest sporting
event of the whiter.
Stecher won the American cham
pionship by defeating Charley Cutler
with the leg hold, but after the match
Cutler could not tell much about the
hold. He said he simply could not
remember how he felt
Hussane, the Turk, Just beaten by
Stecher, was able to tell more.
"He got pne leg across my back
and the other across my ribs and
locked his ankles," said the Turk.
"Surely no other man has such
strength. I felt as though I was get
ting a shock. I tried to get loose, but
my muscles were no good. He got
my wrist, stretched out my arm and
my shoulders were on the mat.
"Stecher did not hurt me a bit, but
when he had those awful legs around
me I couldn't do anything. And when
I got up my head was buzzing."
Stecher is only 22. He was raised
on his father's farm, near Dodge, and
became unusually strong. He wres
tled some and decided he would be
come world's champion. He ran
away from home and met Earl Cad
dock, living on a farm npt far away.
Caddock had a reputation in the
neighborhood as a wrestler.
Stecher said he wanted to find out
how good he was and Caddock agreed
to try him out. They held a match
in Caddock's barn and farmers paid
10 cents apiece to see it Stecher
won two falls in three, took the $3.80
the farmers had paid, and went back
The farmer boy was 19 then. He
wrestled with his brothers and prac
ticed his leg hold on sacks of wheat
He is said to have a pressure of 2,600
pounds in his legs and can split a
sack of wheat with them.
Since taking up wrestling as a
business he has beaten Americus,