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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, December 18, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 23 Came off relief roles to win world heavyweight championship Braddock gave boxing fans someone to identify with By RED SMITH New York Times Service NEW YORK On the evening Muhammad All boxed George Foreman in Zaire, a man looked across the dining room in the Penn Plaza Club upstairs in Madison Square Garden and said: "There are three men at that table who could whip Ali the best night he ever had." Following his gaze, the man's companion saw Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney and Jimmy Braddock, who had been dining with friends and were getting to their feet now at a photographer's request. he said, "but the old light heavyweight looks more like a heavyweight champion than either of the others." He meant Braddock, tallest of the three and the most erect, fac- ing the camera with the big, crooked grin that came with the face. We won't see that grin again. Jim died in his sleep Nov. 29.-' If death came easily, it was the only thing in his life that did. James J. Braddock wasn't the greatest heavyweight to rule as champion of the world. He had a good left hand but he couldn't box like Tunney. He could punish a man with his right, but he wasn't a tiger like Dempsey or a puncher like Joe Louis. Yet when this impoverished dock worker came off the relief rolls to win the title from Max Baer, his triumph over adversity probably had a deeper, more personal meaning to more people than did the life story of any other man in his profession. His time was the great depression and he was a man of his time, into whose hardships millions read the tale of their own struggles. "Jim hurt his side training for said Ray Arcel, who worked in his corner with Whitey Bimstein and Joe Gould, the manager. "Gould had Everlast make a pneumatic corset he wore under a sweat shirt in the gym because we didn't want to interrupt training. The night of the fight, Jim was the only con- fident one in the dressing room." The odds were 6 to -1 in Baer's favor and Davis Walsh, Sports Editor of International News Service, wrote: "I will find it surprising if we don't all wind up in police court." But when a reporter asked Braddock whether he was worried he said, "Let Baer worry. He's got the title." The reply was characteristic of Jim, a man of few words, almost always good ones. When he challenged Tommy Loughran for the light heavyweight championship in 1929, the clever Loughran stabbed him silly. "How'm I Jim asked Gould after the seventh round. "Not so Gould said. "You've got to stop some of those left hands." "You don't see any of 'em getting by me, do Jim said. His last fight was with Tommy Farr in 1938. Again he asked Gould how he was doing, after the eighth round. "You gotta win the last the manager said. "Then watch me do the big apple." Jim said. His winning finish had the crowd on its feet cheering at the end. In 1933 at the bottom of the depression, Jim broke his right hand on Abe Feldman in Mount Vernon, N. Y. The referee called it no contest. "My hand was he said later, "there were no jobs around, and they were holding up my purse. I went to the dressing room and cried." He shaped up on the docks and on good days got eight hours work loading railroad ties. Sometimes he got 60 cents an hour from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on the coal docks. Sometimes he worked both shifts. He was collecting a week from the public works ad- ministration when Gould got him a fight with Corn Griffin in the semi windup the night Baer won the championship from Prime Camera. He took Griffin out in two. "I did that on he told Gould. "Get me a piece of steak and see what I can do." A year later he won the title and two years after that he lost it to Louis after repaying what he had collected on welfare It was toe only time in 85 fights that Jim was counted out. Joe not only knocked me he said, "but he dressed me up for it." Still, Jim scored the first knockdown. "I meant to box Jim said, "but in that first round I seen him get set with that right. I stepped inside and hit him and he went down. I didn't get him clean on the chin and I thought 'If I hit him good he'll stay down.' After the fifth round Jim asked Whitey Bimstein, "What's the matter with the lights? They're getting dim." In the sixth he took a hook in the stomach. "What did I run into He asked Bimstein. A freight After the seventh Gould said he was going to stop the fight "If you do I'll never speak to you Jim said. I'm go- ing to lose I want to lose on the deck." The last punch came in the eighth. It drove a tooth through Jim's lip, requiring six of the 23 stitches taken in his face in the dressing room. Next morning in the hotel he said: "Go down and get the papers. I want to see how I looked on the deck." Losers are often lonesome but when Jim and his wife Mae tried to leave the hotel that day the crowd in the lobby was so great that police had to usher them out a rear door. In Detroit a couple of years later, Jim was at breakfast with friends when they were joined by Bob Pastor, whom Louis had knocked out the night before. "I was doing all Pastor told them, "until this cut opened here and the blood started running into my eyes you know how it is, Jim." Jim said. "Hits pretty good, don't ANDY CAPP SHOUT, 1 FLO-RUSE WILL 'EAR-VOU NOT IF "you SHUT THE FRONTDOOR A BEHIND YOU; J CONCENTRATE, IF I DO, OW THE 'ECK WILL "YOU 'EAR WHAT SHE 9AYS TO IT GETS THEOAFTER I GET Roundup of short sport Canadian teams will compete in Cuba as part of 1976 Olympic Games tune-up TORONTO (CP) Roland Michener, looking as fit as the athletes and in better shape than most of the assembled reporters, attended a news conference on Thursday to hear about the latest step in the program to get Canadians ready for the 1976 Olympics. As honorary president of the Olympic Trust, an organiza- tion that is raising milljon to pay the expenses of athletes training for the Games, the 74- year-old former governor- general was interested in hearing how the money is be- ing spent He seemed satisfied after listening to an announcement that 139 nationally and inter- nationally ranked competitors and their coaches would spent 10 days in Cuba from Dec. 26 to Jan 6 to train and compete against members of the Cuban national team. The teams involved are men's and women's volleyball, women's basket- ball, soccer, water polo, diving, fencing and in which Cuba is rated among the world's best Imre Szabo, vice-president for the Canadian Olympic Association specializing in technical matters, said the idea is to give the athletes a chance to compete in mid- winter under the sort of con- ditions that will prevail in Montreal in 1976. FIRST OF KIND He added that this will be the first venture of its kind for selection of athletes from various sports working out in a single facility. They will use Havana's Sport City, a com- plex that includes an indoor stadium, soccer field and swimming and diving facilities. Another advantage is that the price is air Super Bowl brings out worst in hotel people NEW ORLEANS (AP) They're trying to keep the lid on hotel prices for football's Super Bowl weekend so that fans who come here for the game won't leave with that "ripped off" feeling. "We tell the operators that if they are selfish and greedy the city suffers in the long said Richard J. Ker- nion, the city's chief adminis- trative officer. In the past, squawks about Super Bowl weekend prices became so loud and long that the National Football League now joins in the price watch. Under an agreement with the NFL, the New Orleans Hotel-Motel Association pledged that visitors for the Jan 12 game would be charg- ed only the prevailing rate. Part of the agreement was that the weekend of the game would be a three-day pack- is, a room could be booked a minimum of three days. A spot check showed sev- eral hotels charging double their normal rates and one that requires a four-day stay rather than three. However, Weiss and Carhn Buttigig, director of the asso- ciation, said they joined with city officials to have some of the rates rolled back to con- form with the agreement. Buttigig said the biggest problems are with non-mem- bers, especially suburban mo- tels. One fixed a Super Bowl price of a day for a room, up 158 per cent from the normal weekend day rate. However, it wasn't all non- members One member of the association is charging a day, above the regular rate. Despite the prices, hotels and motels in the city were reported booked solid for the Super Bowl weekend. Great Christmas Gifts JACKETS specie, 25% OFF Down filled Fortrel filled special 8M GINO PAOLI HOUSE OF B6RMIMI SWEATERS CLEARING AT 72 PRICE Bowling HOLIDAY BOWL GOLDEN AGE George Matchett 244, All Bell 265 Nick Bianchi 254, Mary Ward 256; Hjalmar Nelson 249, Jack Nunweiler 237, Minnie Petne 230, Cyril Miron 226; Len Milner 221 COMMERCIAL MEN Roy Kamitomo 333, Bert Mezei 304; Bill Braun 324, Kent Leishrnan 313 Ken King 327 Bob Spitzer 298 Roy Cunningham 296 John Enckson 290 Jim More 2S7 Ernie Frache 291 KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS Jim Malcomson 260 Pete Berthiaume 286 Andy Valer 293 Kent Leishman 320 Barry Rosenfelt 253 Ehas Sawilla 275 Laverne Hamabata 264, Mary Wishnevski 268 Ber- mce Pavan 289, Phyllis Peterson 273, Bev Clark 267, Diane Violmi 302 CPR SOCIAL Alma Williams 256 Jake Fehr 264 John Morris 267; Ella Anderson 262 Roilie Howes 256 George Matchett 263 Fit Oberg 297 Dennis Oberg 246, Iris Canan 239 BANTAM GIRLS Laura Peterson 129, Naomi Tmsley 125, Betty Ann Pitt 175; Trma Johnson 161, Dianne Vaselenak 215, Donna Turner 154 Sherry Kolibas 167, Leanne Chanda 177; MaryLou Donato 171, Carol Tremei 130 YBC JUNIORS John Gardm 218 Karen Ludwig 210; Darryl Bailey 216, Daren Flex- haug 265, Billy Doyle 246 Randy Teichroeb 215, Terry Hamilton 265 fare for each person and a day for food and lodging. Heretofore, Szabo said, the most Canada has been able to do is send representatives of a single sport to another country. This time the Canadians will go as a team. "We never had the money or the coaches for such a ven- ture he noted, adding that Canada plans to continue this type of program well beyond Olympic year. At the same time as the Cuba trip, another 90 Cana- dian athletes and in track and field and 15 in will undergo train- ing at Arizona State Universi- ty near Phoenix for 10 days. This leaves three major teams without plans for out- of-the-country boxers, who plan to play host to the French national team in the new year; the swimmers, who would not get the calibre of competition they want in Cuba, and the men's basket- ball team whose members are deeply involved with inter- collegiate competition. The trips to Cuba and Arizona are being sponsored by Game Plan, a national program designed to improve the calibre of Canadian amateur athletes. Szabo an- nounced that all 10 provinces now have agreed to par- ticipate in the plan. A part of Game Plan's oper- ations is the evaluation of the performances of athletes and the awarding of International Card status, making them eli- gible for special assistance in training, coaching and com- petition. When the Olympic perform- ances of 1972 were evaluated, 47 Canadians qualified for cards By 1973 the number was up to 57 and the latest listing stands at 80, a figure that will increase when track and field ratings are deter- mined. BOUTTIER QUITS PARIS (Reuter) Jean- Claude Bouttier said Tuesday he is quitting boxing after be- ing stopped in the llth round Monday night by Max Cohen in a bout for the French mid- dleweight title. The 31-year- old Bouttier, who once held the European middleweight crown, built up a big lead on points in the early rounds before Cohen rallied and knocked Bouttier down in the llth REPLAY NECESSARY SALFORD, England (Reuter) The Rugby League Floodlit Cup final between defending champion Salford and the Challenge Cup holders, Warrington, ended in a 0-0 draw Tuesday night. The replay will be played next month in Warrington. MALONEY RECALLED NEW YORK (AP) New York Rangers of the National Hockey League said Tuesday they have recalled defenceman Dave Maloney and Joe Zanussi from their Providence farm club in the American Hockey League. Maloney, 18, was New York's No. 1 choice in last May's amateur draft. The Rangers also announced that defenceman Gilles Marotte will be out of action from 10 days to two weeks. METS SELECT AKER NEW YORK (AP) New York Mets announced the ap- pointment Tuesday of veteran pitcher Jack Aker as manager of their Visalia Club in the California State League. Aker, 34, was released by the Mets in November. He ap- peared in 495 baseball games in the majors, all of them in relief and compiled a 47-45 record. WIN CROSS COUNTRY VAIL, Colo. (AP) Margie Richter of the United States and Liisa Suilkonen of Finland tied for first place in the women's competition, and Arto Koivxsto of Finland won the men's division Tuesday in the Vail International cross country skiing race DATES ANNOUNCED NEW YORK (AP) The Dallas Tornado will be host for the opening tournament of the North American Soccer League indoor season on Jan. 24 and 26, Commissioner Phil Woosnam announced Tuesday The other three qualifying tournaments will be in Rochester, Feb. 6 and 8 Tampa, Feb. 14 and 16; and San Francisco, Feb. 21 and 23. Winners will qualify for the semifinals with the finals set for San Francisco, March 14 and 16. NAME AKER MANAGER NEW YORK (AP) New York Mets of baseball's Na- tional League announced Tuesday the appointment of veteran relief pitcher Jack Aker as manager of their Visalia farm club in the California League. Aker, 34, was released by the Mets last month. He appeared in 495 games with seven major- league clubs. CLIP THIS COUPON and get OFF any SUIT OR CO-ORDINATE at Regular Prices. 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