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Conchs Face Tough Miami Beach Battle Tonight
Thousands Head For Miami
To See Gold Coast Game
Citizen Sport* Editor
The attention of thousands of Key Westers is foc
ussed on Memorial Field in Miami Beach where the Key
West Conchs will fight? it out with the Miami Beach
Typhoons in a game which will probably decide the Gold
Coast Conference championship.
More than 2,500 Key
West football fans will be
In the stands tonight to
squeeze for the team that is
making local sports history.
The balance of the citizenry,
it is a good wager, will be
glued to their radio sets at
8 o’clock to keep tabs on the
courageous Conchs as they
lay their unbeaten record
on the line against a danger
ously fast and shifty Miami
Beach eleven.
Besides a natural inclination for
winning football games, the Ty
phoons would like nothing better
than a little revenge for the 13-6
defeat the Conchs pinned on them
last year in a bitterly contested
The Conchs, on the other hand,
have a healthy respect for the Ty
phoons. It is virtually the same
club they’ll face tonight that held
a 6-0 lead throughout the first half
of last year’s contest.
The Conchs needs this one tonight
If they are to remain one of the
three unbeaten and untied major
prep school football teams in the
atate. They’ve managed decisions
over St. Theresa (25 0), Miami
Tech (12 -0), Sanford, (52 - 12),
Curley (6 -0) and Constance, (21-
Meanwhile, Miami Beach has
been sailing along winning three
games and losing two to Miami
and Gables, acknowledged as
two of the ranking football powers
in Florida.
Both clubs are undefeated in
Gold Coast play and they need this
one tonight for undisputed leader
ship in the two year old organiza
tion. ,
The Conchs are in top shape for
the clash. They left by bus early
this morning and by this time are
resting in an un named Miami
Beach hotel until game time.
The key to the Conchs* chances
in tonight’s game probably lies in
the hands of seven boys whom as
sistant catch Harold Allen has
woulded into what is probably the
most complete line in Florida, of
fensively or defensively, take your
A trio of boys, Gene Favors,
Dick Kerr and Ronnie Parks will
probably see action at the left end
position, depending on the situation.
John Carbonell will bear the brunt
f the right end duties.
Afr the tackles Coach Ed Beck*
man is blessed with a pair of beefy
lads who may see 48 minutes of
action tonight, Frank Hood and
Wayne Brantley. The latter lad
has saved the Conchs from em
barassment on defense more than
once this season.
Julio Henriquez, steady and de
pendable, will be at left guard with
Ralph Garcia, a boy we don’t hear
much of but who is very highly
thought of by the coaching staff at
fight guard.
Johnny DeMerritt will be at cen
-Bwr and will share the defensive
linebacking duties with hard hit
ting Joe Russo.
In tiie backfield, Beckman has
pot together a well oiled outfit fea
turing the passing of Bill Haney
and the inspired running of Red
Stickney. Blocking back George
Reese and Fullback Mike Cates,
the Conchs ranking ground gainer
will be on tap tonight, as well.
In reserve and they’ll be needed,
•re Stu Yates and Norman Allen.
The Typhoons will pin their hopes
on the speed of left halfback Steve
Kay, one of the fastest runners in
the Miami area, and the passing
talents of Jimmy Steig, who quar
terbacks the team. Len Levy will
handle the fullbacking duties in the
Typhoons split T assault while
Bob Goldman has shown well in
blocking assignments.
Left end Barry Sugarman, a bof
that gave the Conchs plenty v(
trouble last year, has caught seven
touchdown passes this year and
will bear watching tonight. •
Stan Zack, a speedy boy with
plenty of defensive ability, will be
•t right end.
Sherman Carr, 180, and Nat Drat
r, 185, are the guards while Paul
Bast and Steve Ehrlich will be the
tackles. Hard digging Fred Bat
wink will be the starting center.
Fight Results
- *J Tk Associated Press
NEW YORK (Madisoa Square Garden)
▼toce Martinet. lUV4. Paterson. N. J.
•epped Carmine Flore, 147, Brooklyn. 7.
R HALIFAX-Richard (Kid) Howard. 138(4.
lUax, outpointed Orlando Zulueta. 13CV4.
♦ana. 10.
BMELBOURNE.8 MELBOURNE. Australia - Bobby Sinn.
JH, Melbourne, outpointed Billy Peacock.
7Vi. Philadelphia. 12.
TORYo-Aklyoshl Akanuma, 125, Japan.
Mopped Baby Gony. 123. Manila. 4.
PHILADELPHIA-Bobby Singleton. 130.
atopped Jimmy Thomson, 119
Police Escort
Takes Motorcade
Clear To Miami
Chief of Police Bienvenido Pe
rez, in a police car, was slated
to lead the football motorcade
today at 2:30 p. m. all the way
to Miami Beach.
Plans called for the Chief to
escort the estimated three bus
ses and over a hundred auto
mobiles all the way to the Mia
mi city limits. At this point,
they will pick up an escort by
tho Miami Chief of Police who
will continue the escorting to
the Beach.
Over 1,000 Conch fans are
expected to attend the game
between the Key West High and
Miami Beach Typhoons. The
gam* will be broadcast over a
local radio station.
Bowlers Keep
Alleys ‘Hot’
They are really burning up the
alleyways for the Commercial
League lead it seems.
Ralph Goodall of Rollaway Lanes
team came in with high 3 games
series with a 549 followed closely
by M. Kauffman of the Gilmore
team with a 547.
Other high 3 games series were:
Makowski 540 of Manta, Webb 534
of Manta, Jim Roe of Luigi’s bring
ing in a 530, Vince Prusinkas KW
Supply 528, Taylor of Gilmore 529,
Bill Daily of KW Supply 518, Jim
Chessman of Gilmore 507, Bill Mar
chin also Gilmore 505 and Pozan
ski of Luigi’s with a 504.
Some high single games: Makow
ski 220 and 203, Spoentgen of Lui
gi’s 220, Paxanski also Luigi’s 211
. . .Davenport of the Coast Guard
205 and Jim Crawford same team
201. . .High team single went to
Luigi’s with 880.
Leaders in team standings found
Gilmore tam with 16 wins and no
losses yet. Others are:
Key West Supply 10 6
Coast Guard 10 6
Rollaway Lanes 10 6
Monsalvatge 9 7
Luigi’s g 8
Johnnie’s Place 7 9
Consolidated Electric 5 11
Manta Ray 4 12
Pepsi Cola No. 2 1 15
Reminder to all you folks. . .
We roll every Monday night at the
Double “A” Alleys and Rollaway
Lanes. . .come out and see these
boys do their stuff. . .some hot
action awaits the spectators next
Only One Amateur
Lasts To Finals
Of Golf Tourney
FORT WORTH, Tex. W) Only
one amateur remained in the run
ning today as the semifinal round
of the 19th annual Texas Women’s
Golf tournament began.
She was Polly Riley, the Fort
Worth amateur who won the event
in 1948 and who has finished as
runner-up in the past two tourna
Miss Riley gained the fourth
round with a 2 and 1 victory yes
terday over Mrs. Frank Gold
thwaite, also of Fort Worth.
Betsy Rawls, medalist and de
fending champion from Spartan
burg, S.C., blasted Mrs. William
Harston of Dallas, 8 and 6. Betty
Hicks of Manhattan Beach, Calif.,
sidelined Betty Jameson of San
Antonio, 6 and 4, and Betty Dodd
of San Antonio whipped Betty
MacKinnon of Savannah, Ga., 6
and 5.
Miss Rawls faced Miss Dodd and
Miss Riley met Miss Hicks today.
Hospital Reports
Greengrass Better
tal said Saturday Cincinnati out
fielder Jim Greengrass was rest
ing comfortably.
Greengrass, who celebrated his
27th birthday last Sunday, entered
the hospital Friday to allow the
Hurricanes Top Score Record
In 75-7 Victory Over Rams
The Associated Press
This Miami football team of
Coach Andy Gustafson is all fired
up with no place to go.
The NCAA’s recent disciplinary
order against the Florida school,
banning post-season competition,
puts a pretty sturdy roadblock be
tween Miami and a bowl bid. And
the way the Hurricanes are going,
it looks like that oraer may be the
only device capable of stopping
Miami this season.
Miami, a newcomer at the No.
10 spot in this week’s Associated
Press poll after defeating Mary
land, exploded in all directions for
its sixth victory of the season last
night, humiliating Fordham’s
Rams 75->.
It was the highest score ever
run up by a Miami team and more
than made up for a 20 0 upset the
Rams perpetrated against the Hur
ricanes last season in New York’s
Polo Grounds.
The score was 41-0 at the half
as the Hurricanes got off to a
good start on a 11-touchdown ram
page. Nine different ball carriers
did the scoring with Gordon Mal
loy, Miami’s All-America candi
date, and Sam Scameccia each
scoring twice. In all, Miami rolled
to 373 yards rushing and added 98
yards on three of five pass at
The Hurricanes weren’t com
pletely wrapped up in offense,
however. Miami’s defense rocked
the Rams for a minus 2 yards
In other Friday action that got
another big college weekend under
way, Marquette defeated Detroit
14-13, the Citadel upset Wofford’s
six-game winning streak 14-13,
Richmond knocked off George
Washington 7 0 and Denver de
feated New Mexico 19-6.
With Miami already safely home,
it’s up to Ohio State, Oklahoma,
UCLA and the rest of the top 10
to dcf as well today. Ohio’s Buck
eyes, the No. 1 team, look to have
an easy opponent in Northwestern.
An OSU victory coupled with a
Michigan success against Indiana
would bring the two Big Ten lead
ers another step closer to a title-
Rose Bowl meeting Nov. 20.
Oklahoma quarterback Jim
Harris and end Carl Allison, weak
ened by the flu, has a job on its
hands with Colorado, a fellow Big
Seven member that was looking
to the No. 2 Sooners too soon last
week and lost to Nebraska. An
other big game in the Big Seven
pairs Missouri and Nebraska, both
hot on the Orange Bowl trail since
Oklahoma is ineligible.
UCLA, No. 3, has a not so-easy
opponent in California, since the
Bears still have a Rose Bowl trip
in mind. The Uclans, toast of the
coast, can’t make the big bowl
visit again this season.
Southern California, the other
coast bowl hopeful, plays Oregon
The No. 4 team, Arkansas, runs
into Texas A & M in search of its
sixth straight victory.
Army, No. 5, tries for victory
No. 5 since its pening defeat to
South Carolina and ought to find
it against Virginia. The other ser
vice team, Navy, squares off
against Notre Dame, the No. 6
West Virginia’s unbeaten Moun
taineers, listed No. 7 have what
may be the toughest job in the
top 10. They face up-and-coming
Pittsburgh. Eighth-ranked Wiscon
sin plays lowa and Purdue, No. 9,
hits Illinois.
Other games:
EAST: Cornell at Columbia,
Dartmouth at Yale, Bucknell at
Boston U., Xaxier at Boston Col
lege, Brown at Lehigh, Temple at
Rutgers, Holy Cross at Syracuse,
Colgate at Princeton, Ohio Uni
versity at Harvard.
SOUTH: Georgia at Alabama,
Tulane at Auburn, Mississippi at
Louisiana State, William & Mary
at Virginia Tech, Maryland at
South Carolina, Georgia Tech at
Duke, Clemson at Wake Forest,
North Carolina at Tennessee, Fur
man at North Carolina State, Vil
lanova at Kentucky, Mississippi
State at Florida.
MIDWEST: Drake at lowa State.
Oklahoma A & M at Tulsa, Hous
ton at Wichita.
SOUTHWEST: Vanderbilt at
Rice, Southern Methodist at Texas,
Baylor at Texas Christian.
FAR WEST: Montana at Colo
rado A & M, Idaho State at Mon
tana State, Washington State at
Stanford, Brigham Young at Utah
State, Oregon at Washington.
club physician to check on his
right leg.
He’s had trouble with it since
mid-September and it is somewhat
swollen. He had been pushing for
his second straight year of 100
runs batted in but after Sept. 14
he did not play because of his leg.
He batted in 95.
The Redlegs said Greengrass
was in the hospital for “observa
* tion.'*
Connie Mack Blasts American
League For New Move On A’s
Fordham Back
Moans Over
75-7 Defeat
MIAMI, Fla. UPi “l’ve never
seen an attack like that. Jeez, it
was awful.”
Andy Romeo, Fordham half
back, was a study in misery as
he trudged wearily into the dress
ing room after the Rams had
taken a 75-7 beating last night from
Miami’s Hurricanes. It was one of
the worst defeats ever suffered by
a Fordham team.
‘‘What could we do?” Romeo
asked. ‘‘Everything they did was
perfect. When we tackled one man,
he just lateraled to another. It
was amazing.”
It was supposed to be a “re
venge” game for Miami. The Hur
ricanes were 20-point favorites
when they went to New York last
year to play Fordham, but the
Rams made them look terrible in
rolling to a 20-0 victory.
Miami wanted tc win this one,
but nobody anticipated the 11-
touchdown tide that almost swept
Fordham out of the stadium.
Miami’s Coach Andy Gustafson
did the best he could to make it
easier for the New Yorkers. When
his first stringers raced to a 14-0
lead in eight minutes, he quickly
benched them. By midway in the
second period, the third team was
in action.
But noihing could halt the Miami
stampede. In the second half, a
demoralized Fordham team was
unable to hold off the Hurricane
fourth string.
Nine 'Hurricane backs crossed
the Fordham goal as Miami’s
magnificent machine hit anew
peak of offensive power. It was
the sixth straight victory for the
nation’s 10th ranking team.
The Hurricane rushing attack
netted 373 yards and they added
98 more through the air for a
total of 471. Fordham got 100 yards
on passes but wound up with a net
loss of two yards on the ground.
Football Results
Miami 75 Fordham 7
Jacksonville Jackson 19 Daytona
Beach Mainland 0
Columbia County 31 Gainesville 0
Hastings 35 Crescent City 6
Jacksonville duPont 32 Macclenny
Monticello 43 Mayo 0
Melbourne 19 Eustis 0
Orlando Boone 13 West Palm
Beach 7
Cocoa 27 Apopka 6
South Broward 9 Archbishop Cur
ley 6
Chattanooga Central 32 Jackson
ville Landon 13
Miami Jackson 38 Fort Lauderdale
Pahokee 32 Lake Worth 6
Titusville 31 Lyman 6
Brandon 19 Admiral Farragut 6
Boca Ceiga 21 Sarasota 7
Leesburg 32 St. Leo 13
Haines City 12 Wauchula Hardee
12 (tie)
Winter Haven 20 Arcadia 13
Bartow 26 Jesuit 7
Webster 14 Crystal River 0
Turkey Creek 52 Gulf High 12
Lakeland 19 St. Petersburg 13
Manatee 13 Fort Myers 0
Pasco 25 Lake Wales 14
Brooksville 6 Wildwood 0
Clewiston 19. Avon Park 7
Aubumdale 38 Kissimmee 6
Kathleen 6 Sebring 6 (tie)
Tarpon Springs 14 Wimauma 13
Largo 33 St. Paul 13
Inverness 0 Zephyrhills 0 (tie)
Bushnell 39 Clermont 0
St. Augustine Ketterlinus 27 Gaines
ville P. K. Yonge 0
Vero Beach 34 Stuart 6
Orlando Edgewater 20 Rogersville
(Tenn.) 14
Leesburg 32 St. Leo 13
Sanford 21 Winter Park 0
DeLand 19 New Smyrna Beach 0
Daytona Beach Seabreeze 20 Win
ter Garden Lakeview 18
Madison 48 Florida High (Tails
hassee) 7
Jacksonville Bolles 19 Jacksonville
Bishop Kenny 13
Clay County 25 Bushnell 0
Miami Edison 21 Pensacola 7
Tampa Plant vs. Tampa Jefferson,
postponed until tonight, rain.
| Northeast vs. Plant City, postponed
until tonight, ram.
Mack blasted the American
League for rejecting the bid of
eight Philadelphians to buy con
trol of his beloved Athletics and
said he believed the team will
play in Kansas City in 1955.
The 91-year-old president of the
Athletics said last night that “the
Kansas City setup wants the club.
Everything works to that end. No
matter what the Macks say or do,
the answer will still be Kansas
City, of course.”
Mr. Baseball, as he is known to
fans the world over, said American
League club owners just didn’t
want the Philadelphia syndicate to
have the team. ‘They simply
didn’t want those men to have the
club. It’s a runaround with an
awful lot of pressure to take the
A’s to Kansas City.”
“They wouldn’t get away with
that stuff on me. They’d have to
show me,” said oaseball’s elder
statesman. He said if he were a
member of the syndicate he would
“demand’’ to know the objection
to the group.
In an open letter to the Phila
delphia fans read to newsmen by
his wife, Katherine, the grand old
man of baseball not only lashed
out at the league, but rebuked his
son, Roy, key man in the many
proposed deals to decide the fate
of the bankrupt franchise.
“He (Roy) has been behind ev
erything since May, telling every
body one thing and doing some
thing else,” said Mack.
On the other hand, Connie had
nothing but praise for his son,
Earle, the other of the three own
ers of the team. “I don’t think
it’s any fault of Earle’s. He’s been
wonderful about everything.”
Referring again to the local syn
dicate, Mack said:
“These good businessmen have
the money and want the club but
they (league owners) who voted
against approval gave the answer
that they weren’t rejected—they
just weren’t approved.”
“Isn’t that dressing it up a bit?”
he asked. “Are we back in the
first grade?”
Mack refuted a hint by Roy that
the Mack family might operate
the team in Philadelphia next
year. “There isn’t a chance of
the family operating in Philadel
phia next season,” he said.
The Philadelphia syndicate died
legally yesterday afternoon when
T. R. Hanff, one of the group,
received from a midcity bank the
$1,400,000 that had been held in
escrow for payment to the Macks.
At the same time, J. Channing
Ellery, team counsel, took back
the club stock certificates held in
the same bank.
Roy Mack yesterday denied a
report that he had voted against
the syndicate in the ballot that
barred he sale to. he group.
Asked what his next step would
be, Roy said: “Guess we’ll have
to operate as best we can. We’ll
have a meeting Monday or Tues
day and talk things over. I am
truly disappointed the deal with
the Philadelphia syndicate didn’t
go through.”
As for the syndicate, most of its
members weren’t talking for pub
lication. John Crisconi, automobile
dealer and one of the eight, ex
pressed the sehtiment of the ma
jority when he said “I have good
reason to believe that someone
handed us a doublecross.”
experienced pack of Georgia Bull
dogs, currently leading the South
eastern Conference, meet Alabamas
strong Crimson Tide here today.
Alabama was a two-touchdown
A Guaranteed
With Its Emergency
Self Charging
A 115.58 Battery
That Fils Most Can
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Vince Martinez
Has Manager
NEW YORK, (£l—Unless Vince
Martinez’ future runs into a fam
ily-manager roadblock, the hand
some Paterson, N.J., welter should
be fighting for the title within a
Martinez’ managerial situation
is all messed up at the moment.
Bill Daly 'holds the contract with
Tex Pelte as a partner. The
boxer’s father, Tony, and brother,
Phil, are warring with the Daly
group. Neither Daly nor Pelte was
in the corner Friday night as
young Vince stopped Carmine
Fiore on a technical knockout in
2:32 of the seventh round at Madi
son Square Garden.
“Martinez is better off without
Daly,” said papa Martinez. “His
contract runs out March 9. After
that we’ll see about someone. He
rushed the kid too much.”
As Daly is the manager of rec
ord, all business on future matches
must be done through him. That’s
where the catch is. Daly might see
Vince’s future one way, his father
Billy Brown, the garden match
maker, wants to pair Martinez
with the winner of an A1 Andrews-
Chico Varona bout, to be held Nov.
10 at Chicago. Daly isn’t sure he
wants Andrews or Varona next.
“I want to fight Carmen Basilio
(the No. 1 challenger),” said the
fighter. It wasn’t clear immedi
ately what moves the family had
in mind.
Martinez gave a brilliant exhi
bition of boxing skill against Fiore,
a perfect foil who always came
forward with nothing more than
the threat of a left hook. Young
Vince blocked the hook with his
glove and elbow and beat Fiore to
the punch with a right hand and
jabbed him all night with his sting
ing left. Referee Harry Kessler
gave one round to Fiore, the third,
for a 5-1 card going to the seventh.
Both Judges Jack Gordon and
Arthur Susskind had it 6-0. So did
Gene Conley Will
Quit Pro Cage
BOSTON UR Gene Conley, the
23-year-old Milwaukee Braves
pitcher, has decided to quit pro
fessional basketball in order to de
vote full tiihe to his promising
baseball career.
A month after he turned out with
the Boston Celtics and only the
day before the Celts opened their
National Basketball Assn, sched
ule at Rochester, Conley an
nounced his decision at a news
conference Friday.
The 6-foot-8 former Washington
State student who returned from
service to post a 14-8 pitching rec
ord in his big league freshman
season, said he made up his mind
on his own. Conley pointed out he
hadn’t talked to Braves’ officials
prior to his statement and wanted
it clear he had no disagreements
with the club.
Conley said subconsciously he
someimes favored his pitching
arm in playing basketball and in
addition had to be fair to himself
and the Celtcs. He added he
couldn’t give his best to either
sport if he tried to play both. And
he said he wanted more time with
his family.
Shoes shaped differently for the
right and left feet were first made
just before the American Civil
War. ‘
Happy Hallowe'ening!
Page 12
Civic Bowling League
Ten Pinnings
Things are moving along steadily
in the league with newcomers hit
ting the high spots this past week
... an addition to the 200 club is
Gene Halpin of K of C with a 207. .
no new additions to the 500 club as
yet but watch out. . .so far Mon
roe of Kiwanis leads the 200 dub
with a 241 and Stan Grenuck of
K of C leads the 500 club with a
very high 561. . better watch out
Stan, Lou Monroe almost caught
you this wsek with a 553. . .other
hot dope. . VFW took 4 again as
did American Legion Post 28
team to lead the civic. . .some high
averages for the league thus far
are: Meyers (Shubif) 174. . Mon
roe (Kiwanis) 172. . .Gilmore
(VFW) 171. . .Grenuck (K of C)
163. . .and these are tied with 162’s
. . .Barber (VFW. . .Spear (Amer
ican Legion). . .Copesky (Base Ho
ly Name) with Mehrmann ( K of
C) bringing up 160. . fine bowling!
VFW 13 3
American Legion 12 4
NEW YORK, UP*—' The most im
portant baseball news of the past
week, not even excepting the hilar
ious skit involving the
Athletics, possibly was the item
which disclosed that Roy Campan
ella, the Brooklyn catcher, had
undergone a completely successful
operation to restore the usefulness
of his left hand.
Campanella, who injured the
hand in spring training, had a
miserable time of it the past sea
son. After submitting to an opera
tion during the campaign he was
out for a lengthy term, and upon
his return to the lineup he was a
far cry from the star who had hit
.312 and knocked in 142 runs the
previous season.
A damaged nerve made it im
possible for Campy to grip the bat
firmly, and toward the close of
the race the handicap became so
pronounced he glumly suggested
his career was at an end at the age
of 32. He only grudgingly con
sented to another operation 10 days
ago. The delicate operation took
more than three hours to complete.
Now, after only a week in the
hospital, the husky backstop is up
and around wearing only a small
bandage. He says life already has
come back to his numbed fingers
and predicts he will have as good
a grip as ever by next spring.
The reason this is major baseball
news is that the Dodgers, with a
Now Available . . .
0d Easy Payment Plan
“Built To Quality—Not To Price ”
—nui sed—
Saturday, October 30, 1954
Elks 11 s
Shubif 8 8
Kiwanis 7 9
Knights of Columbus 6 10
Cay' Hueso Grotto 4 12
Base Holy Name Scoety 3 13
Hi team three for week goes to
VFW with 2352. . .Elks 2309 and
Kiwanis 2210. . .Hi individual 3 to
Gilmore 506. . .Meyers 521 and
Monroe 553. . High single for last
Tuesday’s effort to Monroe 231. . .
Halpin 207 and Monsalvatge (Elks)
197. . .note here that Monsalvatgg
has an average of 110 but really
rolled for that 197 congrats to you
for your splendid effort. . .Charlie
Drager also Elks with a 124 aver
age finished up his third game
with a 167. . .good effort. . .some
splits picked up. . Mucek (VFW)
3 and 10 twice. . .Bertsch (BHNS)
2 and 7. . .Dreiss same team 5-6-10
. . .both Grenuck and Yaccarino of
K of C got bad one the 6T. . .
Grenuck also got the 5-7. . .Mon
roe in his 231 game had 6 strikes
in a bunch.. .that’s it till next Tues
By Gayle Talbot
fit Campanella knocking in runs,
might well have gone right down to
the wire with the Giants in thg
recent race. If he is, indeed, back
in the bloom of health next March,
the experts will not pick the Giants
to repeat without giving it long
and earnest thought.
We gather from the remarks of
Leo Pinckney, sports editor of the
Auburn N.Y. Citizen-Advertiser,
that we were unduly worried over
the possibility of finding a town
that would put up with Johnny
Saxton, the new head of the welter
weight division. He writes:
• “I agree that Saxton is no crowd
pleaser, but I guarantee that if
he fights Carmen Basilio for the
title in nearby Syracuse the fight
will be sold out before the curtain
raiser goes on. Basilio always gives
the fans their money’s worth, re
gardless of his opponent. He could
have licked both Saxton and Kid
Gavilan the other night in Phila
We never did doubt, Leo, that
the fans of Syracuse would be will
ing to sacrifice themselves if it
meant helping their boy get his
chance at the title. What we ne
glected to say was that Saxon’s
manager, Blinky Palermo, already
had held up his bands in horror
at the thought of letting his clutch
er appear in Basilio’s home town.
Blinky knows his rights.

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