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jyiday, January 24, 1941
track season
On February 1 the 1941\indoor
track season wil get off to its fly
tajr start. The Millrose games—the
first of the major “Big Five'’
usually sets the pace for it con
tains the all important event of
the year— The Wanamaker Mile.
Os course, there is a mile race at
each of the other track and field
carnivals that follow this season
opener, but nothing the New
York A. C., the Knights of Colum
bus, the I-C-4-A or even the Na
tional A. A. U. Senior Champion
ships can offer will equal the dra
ma that will be put on at ten
o’clock come February 1.
Ten years of sportswriting have
not been able to cure us. Instead
of the blase reporter we still are
an emotional school boy carried
away to feverish heights by an
outstanding sporting event and
such the Wanamaker Mile Races
have proved to us ever since we
first began writing sports copy.
Ten times these races have left us
tingling and shaking like a rag
in a stiff breeze. This race —a
rank newcomer as championship
events go is already hallowed
with glorious traditions and,
since its inception on) the Millrose
Card —has been packed tight with
the stark, tense, gripping drama
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that one finds only in A-l sport
ing attractions. It is the one ev
ening on our sports calendar
come hell or high water—that we
never miss.
Now the Wanamaker Mile is
but one of the many track events
on a card studded with stellar at
tractions—but so high is the na
tional fever; so intense the public
fervor; and so great the publicity
Attendant on that one event that
the Mile Run has come to be THE
event of not only the Millrose
Games but of the other four ma
jor indoor jamborees of the year.
Last year we were hepped to new
heights of emotionalism yet nary
a single Jewish runner was in the
field of six that answered the
starter’s gun. (For that matter,
the only Jewish miler ever to run
in the Wanamaker Mile in the last
decade was Marvin Stern, a New
Yorker who well while leading his
Brigade on the heights of Guada
lajara.) Why then, you may right
ly ask, all this excitement? The
answer is a simple one. We were
watching the race through the
eyes of a champion mile-runner
who had been trailing clouds of
glory when we were trailing in
knee pants. We were seated along
side Abel Kiviat the greatest
Jewish miler of all time.
JEWISH ATHLETES HAVE A
MARK TO SHOOT AT ...
So much has happened on the
front pages during this last year
that perhaps you may have for
gotten what took place on the
sport pages. But, you may recall,
two great athletes were in the
box of honor at last year’s Mill
rose Games Paavo Nurmi the
Flying Finn, and Corporal Maaki,
fresh from honors on the Manner
heim line. Both of these gentle
men were milers. Nurmi, the
champion of the past, and Maaki,
the challenger of America’s best.
Naturally, the press devoted ban
ner headlines to their reason for
coming to the United States (it
was to raise money to buy air
planes for the Finnish Army)
while the sport pages wkxed sen
timental over Nurmi’s emotions
on watching comparative young
sters shatter the brilliant records
he alone had created. Perhaps it
was these items in the press that
made us look at the 1940 Wana
maker Mile through the eyes of
Kiviat Colorful Kiviat they
called him thirty years ago. ,
Perhaps some of you who read
this story will remember “Irish”
Abel. It is unfortunate that you
youngsters in high school and you
stalwarts in college do not. For un
til the simultaneous development
of Cunningham and Bronthron,
and Gene Venzke along with such
milers as Fenske and Rideout and
Sim Romani —the central figures
in recent “Miles of the Century”—
Abel Kiviat was one of the three
men involved in the most inter-
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esting rivalry among American
milers. John Paul Jones of Cornell
and Norman Taber of Brown were
the others and Kiviat, winning the
national mile runs in 1911, 1912
and 1913—more than held his own.
Was it any wonder when starter
Johnny McHugh at the Millrose
Games raised his gun into the air
and crud, “Maries, Set!" ‘oi;« wing
il closely with the crisp report ol’
the pisio. l , that Kiviat gripped oui
arm and didn’t let go until it was
all over. As runner crept up on
runner: as the challenger tried to
usurp the front line position; as
the gong sounded for the last lap;
as the winner kicked to a resound
ing finish was it any wonder
that the pressure of Abel’s arm
tightened on ours. Was there any
wonder for his gasping sigh as
Fenske broke through the tape?
Not a whit. Colorful Kiviat was
running in that race as sure as
you’re reading this story. We felt
by the grip on our arm what those
mile runs, those world - record
marks, those national champion
ships must have meant to Kiviat
back in the days almost before
we were bom. For us all the
drama of the Millrose Games
which of itself rouses us to fever
ish heights was so much more
poignant and, (without intending
thq pun) so intensely gripping.
“Pinky” Sober, the press stew-'
ard at the Millrose Games, who
was but a carbon copy of Kiviat
some fifteen years ago doesn’t
hesitate a moment in letting you
know that when he was shooting
for the records in 1934 and 1935,
he was modelling himself after his
childhood hero, Kiviat. Sanford
Goldberg, the flying Fireman of
New York, a member of the Mill
rose Club along with Sober and
Kiviat, (who gives promise of tak
ing up some day where Cunning
ham left off) will also tell you
that the marks set by Kiviat are
the ones he wants to equal first.
For us the Wanamaker mile has
everything an intersectional grid
iron battle holds in the closing
minutes of fray when a player
drops back to shoot a forward
pass in a desperate effort for vic
tory; all the tenseness of a heavy
weight fight when the champ, bat
tered and bruised, is groggy and
tottering on his feet in the final
seconds of battle. Is it any won
der ? Through Kiviat’s eyes we
were seeing what Jewish athletes
had done in the past. With our own
we hope to see other Jewish ath
letes take thir places on the cham
pionship rostrum —keymen in the
future Wanamaker Mile.
Longing for
Jerusalem
By Yehudah Halevi (1086-1141)
O City of the World,
With sacred splendor blest,
My spirit yearns for thee
From out the far-off West.
A stream of love wells forth
When I recall thy day,
Now is thy temple waste,
Thy glory passed away.
Had I an eagle’s wings
Straight could I fly to thee
Moisten thy holy dust
With wet cheeks streaming free.
Oh, how I long for thee
Although thy King has gone,
Although where balm once flowed,
The serpent dwells alone.
Could I but kiss thy dust,
So would I fain expire,
As sweet as honey then
My longing, my desire.
(Translated by Emma Lazarus)
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Occasion of 20th Anniversary
Sidney Hillman, member of the “big four” of President
Roosevelt’s chiefs of national defense, joined in the world
wide tributes being paid the Histadrut in Palestine on the oc
casion of its 20th anniversary.
Referring to the “splendid, con
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has done in the rehabilitation of
thousands of refugees throughout
Europe,” Mr. Hillman praised the
“excellent job the Histadrut has
done and is doing. I know of the
hardships and suffering these peo
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and of their continuous effort to
alleviate the suffering of others.”
The message of Mr. Hillman
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Committee for Palestine, Ameri
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which is sponsoring a nation-wide
series of celebrations to mark two
decades of pioneering efforts by
the Palestine Labor Federation. On
Chanukah, the Histadrut itself
marked the occasion with gigan
tic celebrations all over Palestine,
as it announced a new record of
133,000 members, an increase of
9,000 during the year of war.
In New York, the annual Trade
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world famous duo-pianists, who
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