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' tys Worst Fight
With Ambers
t - 1
July J8—Tuning up for next Wed
nesday night’s meeting with
Lew Jenkins in the Battle of the
Champions at the Polo Grounds
in New York, Henry Armstrong
takes time off for a bit of re
“Yes, boxing has been very
gbod to me these last four years.
But I can’t say that my first six
years in the game were exactly
pleasant. There were many days
wheii I didn't eat, and I’d have
piled right into a efcgeful of ti
gers ar-1 lions on the promise of
a good meal.
“Aiy toughest fight? That's not
so eiasy to pick. I’ve had a lot of
tough opes, I guess one of the
toughest was the first bout with
Lou Ambers. An old gash in my
Up reopened, and it was misery
fer me to keep going. I swallow
ed so mucp blood that I still don’t
know how I went through the
last three rounds. Was I sick!
“The hardest punch I was ever
hit? I guess it was the one Cefe
rino Garcia nailed me in the 12th
round of our battle in the Gar
den. What a load of dymmite
that waS! don’t know what held
me' up. - For several seconds 1
was completely befuddled, and 1
guess it.was only instinct thal
pulled me through.
“Thefe!s one match, however,
that I’ll never forget. That was
back in 1935, when I traveled tc
Mexico to fight Baby Arizmendi
I was just beginning to attract
some attention then—and the of
fer' I had- -to meet Arizmendi was
the! biggest I had ever received
up'to that, time. It looked like a
windfall to me. I was well in
hook, and this purse promised tc
pull me ,out and give me some
working capital. Well, I went
along to jyiexico City—and what
art'experience! First, I was both
ered all during the bout by the
high altitude, and had difficulty
breathing. Then, though I thought
I won the ,J\ght decisively enough
th^y gave Arizmendi a home-town
decision. .1(iNext, the promoter
skipped out with all the money,
and--I was left stranded. And
the final blow was when I con
tracted Mexican influenza, and
wound up on a sick bed for a
rhejntb. Yes, that’s one bout I’ll
NEVER fprget.’’
’Force Is Ready
For Annual Tennis
Meet In August
18—The Annual Championships
of the American Tennis associa
ton did not “just grow” to their
present size and popularity among
discriminating sport lovers.
The race’s greatest sporting
event was made such by a group
of far seeing men who with pro
phetic vision, nearly a quarter of
a century ago, laid the founda
tion of the American Tennis as
Little wonder than an increas
ing number of persons vacation
yearly at the “Nationals”. This
year’s matches, scheduled for Wil
berforce university, August 19-24,
will offer a rare opportunity for
one to play, relax or be enter
tained ’mid ideal suroundirngs. i
Summer time is tennis time and j
at Wilberforce during the “Na-1
lionals” in August you can playi
with a friend, receive instructions!
from an expert, or watch cham- \
pion vie with champion on any!
one of Wilberforce’s ten cham-;
pionship courts.
Wilberforce, through her excel
lent facilities, will make provision
for your enjoyment during every
Black Yankees
Stopped By
Sparta Stars
• » --- * S«UMt
ST. LOUIS, July 18—The win
ning streak of the fast Black
Yankees was called to a halt by
the strong Sparta Stars July 4 as
the Stars_t defeated them by a
score of 10 to 3 in Sparta, III.
The Yankees started with
Franklin on the mound who walk
ed the first four batters to face
him so he was relieved by John
son, who only allowed five hits
for the remainder of the game.
AJthough the Yankees tagged the
Sparta Stars for eight hits, they
could only tally three times while
the Stars were piling up that un
believable number of ten runs off
of five hits. "
Sunday Game
In the Sunday game played at
Twelfth and Gratiot the fans who
attended this contest were treated
to the game of their life. The
Yankees got off to a bad start in
that the Red Sox scored four
runs in the first inning, but after
that the Black Yankees’ pitcher,
Fraiser, struck out nine men while
Frank of the Red Sox struck out
four. Silas of the Yanks starred
in getting a homer and two dou
bles while his teammate Black
j well got three hits out of four
! times at bat.
+** — - -___
OCEAN. CITY, N.' J., July 18—
Nqu-stagmg of the quadrennial
’::.mpic Games this year prob
ably will prevent Jean Betty
Lane, seventeen-year-old Wilber
force university sophomore,
achieving rank as the foremost
woman athlete of the universe.
Bijt, unofficially, anyway, the
young woman is just that.
Miss Lane, Saturday here, as
tonished the entire sports world
when she upset the internationally
famous heroine, Stella Walsh of
Poland, in the classic 100 meter
dash-against a field of largely
whit?, feminine sensations of the
country. Lula Hymes ®f Atlanta,
Ga., was third.
.-;;r Highlights of Meet
The amazing victory was un
questionably the highlight of the
annual National Women’s Ama
teur Athletic Union Track and
Field Championships.
More remarkable, however, was
the fact that Miss Lane did not
stop there. She captured the 50
meter dash with another stirring
race against the brilliant and
twinkle-toed little Tuskegee mite,
Lucy Newell of Oak Park, Miss.
Tuskegee Wins Again
Tuskegee. captured team honors
for the fourth straight year, hav
ing finished as runner-up in 1936
When Mable B. Smith of Atlanta,
now Mrs: Carl Lott, was the big
star of the team. Tuskegee won
in 1937 with 33 points, m 1938
with 30, in 1939 with 33, and this
year with the usual thirty-odd.
Missed World Record
Alice Coachman of Madison
high school, Madison, Ga., entered
with the Tuskegee squad, repeated
her outstanding victory in the high
jump by eliminating all rivals at
4 feet, 11 inches and then going
on all the way to 5 feet, 5 inches
by herself in an effort to break
the world record of 5 feet, 4%
inches. But she missed out on all
three tries at the height that
would have put her name in the
record books of the universe as
the only Negro woman athlete
holding a recognized world mark
to her credit.
Consistent Winner
Jean Lane, .who won the 50,
100, and 220 in the Tuskegee Re
lays, holds the unofficial world
record in the 100 yard dash, set
at Cincinnati recently in the Cen
tral Collegiate Carnival, but the
mark must first be approved by
the AAU in order to make the
Saturday, Tuskegee won the
400-meter relay for the fourth
straight year. The team was
composed of Celestine Birge, Jessie
Abbott, Rowena Harrison, and
Miss Hymes.
Stella Walsh successfully de
fended her 200-meter dash title,
nosing out a fast field of competi
tors. Catherine Fellmeth of Chi
cago, also white, retained the
shot put and discus titles.
Help ’Kegee Win
men’s track team, who placed fourth in me javenn mrow, neiping
Tuskegee win the A. A. A. meet with 85 points.
FT. VALLEY, Ga., July 18—
Marshall Arnold and James F
(Bud) Carter thrilled an enthusi
astic throng here last week ir
the gymnasium of Ft. Valley N
and I. college as they played in
spired tennis to turn back George
W. Engram and Ulysses Engram
brother combination from Wesi
Palm Beach, Fla., and win the
men’s doubles title in the four
teenth annual tournament of the
Georgia Tennis association.
By blasting continuous service
aces and deadly placements in
crucial stages of the tough match
Arnold and Carter fashioned ou1
a hard-earned championship vic
tory 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1. Eliminat
ed from the men's singles in the
semi-finals by Louis Graves oi
Xavier Saturday, Arnold bounced
back to play probably the best
exhibition of tennis in his whole
career. Carter, a mere slip of a
lad and yet a junior like Arnold
himself, rose to every occasion,
along with his clubmate of the
Adelphia Junior Tennis club.
Graves Cops Singles
Graves took up where he left
off Saturday afternoon and cov
quered George Engram in straight
sets 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 to win the cov
eted men’s singles honors.
Robert Scott of Adelphi who has
already won his way to the finals
in junior singles where he must
play Carter for the Georgia title,
came a step nearer winning an
other envied bit of glory when he
earned his way to the finals in the
boys singles against Alva Tabor of
this community. Scott’s eligibil
ity in boys singles endures until
this fall, a check of records re
Women Came Through
Atlanta also ehalked up victory
in the women’s doubles when
Rosebud Brown of the Atlanta
Ladies Tennis club and . Ella F.
Bush of the Atlanta Tennis club
teamed to turn back Florence
Hunt , of Fort Valley and Magno
lia Childs, president of the TLTC,
in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.
The mixed doubles champion
ship and the finals of the wom
en’s singles, like the boys and
junior singles, were to be com
pleted late Sunday, B. T. Harvey,
Campe John Hope director and
chairman of the tournament com
mittee announced.
Third Annual
Track, Field Meet
Opens July 21
The third annual track and
field meet at Madden Park, 3800
Rhodes avenue, takes place on
Sunday, July 21st, at 1 p. m. It
is held under the auspices of the
Chicago Park District, Board of
Educaton playgrounds, the City
Bureau of Parks, and the vari
! ous other social agencies in the
; South Central area.
The following well known re
el eational workers comprise the
j committee sponsoring the meet:
Roy Lucas, Maulin Gibbs, Fred
die Gay, Foster Branch, Lee
Umbles, Laurent Turner, Thomas
Watts, Buster Lofton, L. V. Blan
j chett, Malchom Christian, Rob
! ert Anderson, Napoleon Blueitt,
| Jack Brooks, Ref. Williams, K.
1 A. Brstol, general charman; Mrs.
D. Osby, Ruth Reese, Virginia Wil
lis, and Beulah Woods.
According to Mr. Bristol, over
three hundred entries have been
| received from the following
parks, playgrounds, and clubs:
j Foster Center, Evanston; Palm
er Park, Riis Park, Forrestville
playground, Oakland playground, I
Fuller Park, McCosh playground,
Union Park, Olde Tymers, Mo
zart playground, Madden Park,
Bcutner playground, Sears Y. M.
C. A.
The meet is sanctioned by the
Central A. A. U. and is open,
without entry fee, to all boys and
girls, from midget to seniors.
Events consist of 50 yard dash,
high jump, broad jump, and 220
relay for midgets and juniors;
100, 220, 440, 880, and 1 mile run,
high jump, broad jump, pole
vault for seniors and 220 and 1
mile relay for intermediates and
seniors. There will also be base
ball throw for girls.
First, second, and third place
medals will be awarded the win
ners. Seats will be provided for
the spectators and a public ad
dress system will keep the crowd
well informed as to the results
of each event. About 5,000 per
sons are expected to attend ■- this
classic annual affair.
Wili Be Eighth of
East-West time is drawing near!
All roads will be leading to
Chicago towards the middle of
next month for the combination
of the big all-star baseball clash
between the best of the Negro
stars at Comiskey Park \on Sun
day afternoon, August 18, and a
chance to visit the big Negro Ex
position is something mighty
hard to resist.
The eighth annual all-star
game promises to be one of the
best of the series for the crack
eastern squad'will head for Chi
cago with blood in its eye after
being upset in the last two years.
That gave the West a four to
three edge in victories in the se
ries, “which will never do,” ac
cording to the players and men
behind the proud clubs of the
Negro National League which
furnishes the players for the East
Nearly 40,000 folks packed the
luge White Sox Park last August
for the game and they’re still
talking about the heap of thrill
ing action they saw, particularly
che home runs cracked out by
Neil Robinson of the Memphis
Red Sox and Dan Wilson of the
St. Louis Stars, that enabled the
West to win out, 4 to 2.
It was this same Robinson’s
home run the year before that
won for the West, 5 to 4, and the
way he’s clouting that pill again
for distance assures him of a
cinch place in the starting line
up for the West come August 18.
The West team will again come
from the stars of the Negro Am
erican League, namely, the Chi
cago American Giants, Kansas
City Monarchs, 'Cleveland Bears,
St. Louis Stars, Indianapolis
Crawfords, Birmingham Black
Barons and Memphis Red Sox.
The National League array of
teams that furnishes the East’s
performers are the New York
Black Yankees, Philadelphia Stars,
Newark Eagles, Baltimore Elites,
Pittsburgh Homestead Grays and
New York Cubans.
Down through the years these
East-West clashes have come to
be known as never failing to pro
duce intense competition, sensa
tional plays and thrills far be
yond description. If you haven’t
seen one of these classics, then
you just haven't seen baseball at
its best. Not one year has the1
contest been anything but a rip
snorting, humdinging battle from
start to finish. These players give
everything they’ve got and the
fans just eat it all up. What a
There was that first clash back
in 1933 when the West won, 11
to 7, at the Sox park back of the
pitching of peerless Willie Foster
and the slugging of Mule Suttles,
both then of the Chicago Am
erican Giants. The next year,
with the great Satchel Paige
(Continued on page 11)
Perfect Scores Mount As Merit Gun
And Rod Club Continues Practice
Shooting at the Merit Gun and
Hod Club grounds was not as
heavy as that on the previous
Sunday, when the Chicago gun
ners shot it out with the Pres
ent Day Gun Club of St. Louis.
Dewey Cavin joined a few of
his team mates in the charmed
circle by shooting a perfect score
of 25 out of 25 targets. Cavin’s
longest continuous run for one
day was 52 targets without a
miss. Such shooting is by no
means bad gun pointing, but the
company his classification /now
places him in, means tough going
in order to win. To run a per
fect score in trapshooting is the
height of a novice’s ambition and
one not soon forgotten, but such
scoring is quite common in tour
nament matches.
Trap scores for Sunday, July
Dewey Cavin, 71 out of 75; ;
Chas Mahone, 52 out of 75.
Shooting 50 rounds, E. A, lies j
broke 45; Van Porter, 41; Mrs.
Bobby Cfford, 40; Dr. A. J. Of- c
His Toughest Foe
LOU AMBERS and HENRY ARMSTRONG just before the title
bout which saw Ambers win the lightweight championship, Arm
strong claims that he was his toughest foe in recalling the high
lights of his career.
” '
ST. LOUIS, Mo., July 18—The
Annual National City Tcnni.
Championships at St. Louis will
be held starting July 20 and last
ing until July 28 at Tandy Park
according to the president of the
St. Louis Tennis association, Ri
chard Hudlin. The feature of the
tournament will be the participa
tion of several of the ranking
tennis players of the entire coun
try in this outstanding local com
The tournament will be divided
into two divisions, the open and
the closed. The open division will
be for any entry from any sec
tion of the country, while the
closed division will be for local
contestants only.
This will be the thirty-fifth an
nual local tournament and Rich
ard Hudlin as president of the St.
Louis Tennis association, is ask
ing the support of the public in
that the entry fee is the only
source of revenue in the making
of these competitions successful.
Those expected to compete in
this tournament are Richard Hud
lin, last years champion of the
closed division and runner-up in
the open division. There will be
Robert Riley of Chicago, the
present champion in the open di
vision, and National Junior champ
at Hamptcn. Also to compete will
be Ruby Lawrence, defending
champion of the womn's division,
who is at present recreational di
rector of the NY A.
Others expected to compete in
the tournament are Tommie Wal
ker of Chicago, who ranks in the
first ten of the seniors; Reo Miles
of Chicago, outstanding player
since the time when Smith domi
nated the courts; Ernest Grady,
who is working on his master’s de
gree this summer; Miss Gant of
Chicago; Robert Ryland of Chi
cago; Howard Smith, outstanding
local player, and Alice Williams,
who was not entered last year
but was the last to defeat the
present champion, Ruby Law
Richard Hudlin has been cor
responding with Ted White and is
endeavoring to bring that nation
ford, 38; J. W. Anderson, 33, and
Nick Catalano, 34.
Shooting 25 rounds, Eugene
Pratt broke 21; Mrs. Glenna Por
ter, 20; Miss Ethel Haywood of
St. Louis, 19; G. M. Turen, 16;
C. F. Pinkton, 14, and T. J.
South, 9.
25 rounds at skeet, Van Porter
ran a 24 after failure to remove
the safety from his gun on his
first shot for which he was charg
ed a lost target; Mrs. Porter took
21; Dewey Cavin, 20; J. W. Fol
!ey, 19; Dr. A. J. Offord, 15;
Johnnie Anderson, 12.
The club’s “skish” instructor,
M. Q. Wilson recently returned
[rom a fishing trip with friends
in the Missisaggi Provincial For
it of Ontario, Canada. Several
?hoice northern pike and bass
were brought back. F. R. Jef
ferson and a party of anglers al
io recently brought in some real
fish from the Lake Superior re
gion near Ashland, Wis.
The' traps are open every Sun
Lay and the public is invited.
Plan Swimming
Carnival in N. Y.
For Small Toh
To revive the lost interest ir
midget-age swimming and out
side competition, James Addams
Jr., athletic director of the Wissa
hickon Boys4 Club, has planned c
swimming carnival for boys and
girls twelve years of age and un
The event is to take place Sat
urday, July 27. Included on the
program are practically all of the
more difficult activities of the
adult swimmers, especially in the
fancy diving class where a front,
or swan, back, and three option
al dives are required.
Prizes will be awarded to the
winners, a gold trophy to the team
scoring the highest number of
All boys and girls meeting the
physicial and age requirements
are eligible to compete, after send
ing in their entry blanks andpay
ing their entry fee of ten cents.
Blanks may be procured by writ
ing Adams at the club, Coulter
street and Pulaski avenue. All
entries must be in by July 25.
The agencies and persons co
operating are the Southwest Y.
W. C. A. and YMCA, Hill school
and Kirkland school playgrounds,
and Camp Emlen.
Events are as follows: (a) 1
length, 40 ft. side, back, breast,
crawl, or back crawl, (b) Four
man team: 40 ft. 1 length each
member of the team, (c) Fancy
diving; front or swan; back, and
three optional dives required.
al champion double team of which
White is the coach, James Mc
Daniels of Los Angeles and Rich
ard Cohen of Denver, both stu
dents at Xavier university.
With such competition the suc
cess of the tournament is almost
assured, but the Tennis association
of St. Louis can use the hearty
support of the public in order to
make it really successful.
Used Ruses To
Arouse Interest
By Howard Roberts
NEW YORK, July 18—Ceferino
Garcia remarked at the end of 10
blooey rounds last winter that
Henry Armstrong was pretty
skillful at using his fists, his el
bows, his shoulders and his head
in the prize ring. And Ceferino
inferred that the head was em
ployed for more painful purposes
than thinking. That may or may
not be, but one thing is obvious
today—when it comes to head
work the real champion is the
champion’s manager, Eddie Mead.^ >
New York has been buzzing for
days with talk of Armstrong’s
impending tight with Lew Jenkins
at the Polo Grounds next Wed
lesday night. And it develops
that all the talk has been stim
ated by a ruse cooked op in the
ertile imagination of the rotund
Mr. Mead.
Weight Story Hoax
First he announced that Arm
strong was having the devil’s
jwn time trying to make weight
-or the fight. The welterweight
champion had agreed to scale HO
rounds for his engagement with
he lightweight king and, accord
ing to Mead, wasn’t an ounce un
ier H5 at the moment.. At the
igc of 27, Mead argued, it wasn't
likely Henry could shed those
;upcrfluous pounds. Therefore,
why not make it a welterweight
title fight.
Naturally, this was good for an
answering blast from the Jenkins’
camp, insisting Armstrong make
weight or lose his $2,500 forfeit.
All this was fine from the stand
point of the “gate,” but it also at
tracted fie attention of the box
ing commissioners, who take their
work seriously.
They called in Armstrong and
placed him on the scales. He
weighed 138%. Thus exposed,
Mead admitted he had plotted to
bring Armstrong into the battle
weighing below the lightweight
limit of 135. Then, if Armstrong
won, as surprising odds of almost
2 to 1 say he will, he could claim
Jenkins title.
Can t Make 135
By this ruse Mead has pumped
paragraphs of publicity into col
umns, which was his idea all
along. But it may be he has
overplayed his hand a bit. For
now sports writers refuse to be
lieve Mead’s claim that Arm
strong can make 135 and hold
his strength. They think he'll
weigh in at about his present fig
ure. They're even a trifle skep
tical of the thumpings Armstrong
has been taking from his spar
ring partners. They suspect that
Henry is fooling them a bit, too.
This attitude has upset Jersey
Jones, the camp publicitor, so
badly he personally has offered
to prove Armstrong can be hit
easily with a right hand punch.
He says he'll don the gloves on
Saturday and convince the skepti

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