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THE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: SEPTEMBER 5. 1920.
Dempsey to Battle for Title on Labor Day With
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CROWDS FLOCK TO
Dempsey's Title Reasonably
Safe Both Boxers Confi
. dent No Decision In
Dope In Figures
DEMPSEY. , MISKE.
25 Age :...26
190 ........ Weight .193 W
f tt. VA in Height.... 6 ft. 1 in.
78 Reach 77
.39 Chest (normal) 39
44 Chest (expanded) 44
17 Neck iyA
V 204 Shoulders 20'S
32 Waist .. 33
lj .., Biceps ........ 131-5
14J4 Forearm 13 H
8 Wrist 734
21 Thigh 22 H
H!4 Calf IS,
8 Ankle . 9
By RAY PEARSON.
Benton, Harbor, Mich., Sept. 4.
(Special) Thousands of fans who
' dote on glove wielding are cluttering
up the twin cities of Benton Harbor
and St. Joseph, on the eastern shore
of Lake Michigan. They are throng
ing here because tomorrow aftemon
Champion Jack Dempsey tosses off
the bath robe, hears the gong, and
battles Billy Miske, his St. Paul chal
lenger, in his first bout since he took
the title away from Jess Willard at
Toledo, July 4. 1919.
If all these people and, of course,
the great majority of them hail from
Chicago were forced to remain here
over night, they would have to take
their sleep on the hoof. Chicago
isn't the whole works, however, by
any means; Minneapolis and St.
Paul, Miske's home, and Milwaukee,
Indianapolis, Detroit, nd even New
York, are sending the gents who
can't see anything but boxing.
Capacity of Arena 18.000.
If we can guess correctly, it will
be a huge crowd that wends its way
through the turnstiles at Floyd
Fitxsimmons' ball park. Capacity
will mean that a few more than
18,000 fans will sit down and watch
a card of four ten-round heavy
weight bouts run off, with Dempsey
and Miske shining in the feature
The arena is set, the advance
sale of tickets has been large, and
part of the gang is here, with the
rest to follow. The double holiday,
Sunday and Monday, gave many the
opportunity to come early.
I Just what the gate will run can't
be estimated with any degree of ac
curacy. A full house would mean
nearly $200,000. The optimistic fel
lows look for it to run that big.
There are those who believe a con
, servative guess woald, be between
$125,000 and $150,000. "
Both Boxers in Shape.
These two men whose powers of
attraction are making this pot of
gold show possible are waiting for
just one thing now, and that is for
th gong to sound. No one need
be fooled into believing that Demp
sey and Miske aren't in fighting
condition. They were in that kind
of shape several days ago, and both
would have preferred to get it over
then, instead of waiting for tomor
row. Are they confident? Well, listen
and find if it rings in the proper
Jack Dempsey: "I'm ready. Let's
Billy Miske: "I never was bet
ter in my life. Let's go."
These two fellows who uncork
the chin popping stuff tomorrow
aren't of the type that finds it wor
risome business to wait for the
gong. Dempsey, of the two, is per
haps , the more eager to get the
business of tomorrow finished, tut
J. C. H
that is because he. is loaded with
mil trom at. raul nasn t, any
nerves at all at least one wouldn t
think so, for he travels contentedly
along what he seems to think is a
path of roses. He's an optimist for
Dempsey Picked to Win.
It is hard to see where Miske has
r. good chance to score a victory and
install himself as new heavyweight
champion of the world. This
Dempsey person with the knockout
wallop in either fist stands as sol
idly in his way as a skyscraper.
Dempsey will fight Bill his one best
way, shifting and hooking lefts and
rights to the head and body. Of
course, anyone knows what is likely
to happen if one of those hJoks con
Without anything from Miske to
confirm or throw out the contention,
we'll say that BillV best chances
would appear to be in a careful,
c'.ever display, wTiich might land
him. a points winner .if the bout
went the limit of 10 rounds. No de
cision, aside from the verdict of the
critics, will be given, as the idea of
appointing a referee to give a ver
dict has been passed up.
Champion Excels in K. O.'s.
If there is a knockout it should be
put ovef" by the champion, for
Demjiscy's record bears out this
conterKion. He is going to win by
i knockout, he says, and just as
quickly as it can be put over. Few
look for Miske to send oyer the wal
lop that would dethrone a champion.
There is one thing that should not
be overlooked, and that is that speed
is going to count when champion
and challenger get together. All the
world knows that-Dempsey is fast
for a heavyweight, but probably i
some folks don't know that Miske,
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Miske in His
WITH SPARRING PARTNER.
too, is a remarkably speedy gent
m himself lor a fellow who weighs 193
It is this speed that will be impor
tant in case the bout goes the limit
and a. decision on points is made
necessary.' Can Bill outspeed Jack?
That's ;a question we can't answer
until Ye get the chance to view the
Mrs. Miske and Sop to
Be Spectators at the
N Fight On Labor Day
Benton Harbor, Mich., Sept. 4.
When Billy -Miske, challenger for
the crown worn by Jack Dempsey,
Starts battling in the ring with
Utah Jack Monday afternoon,
there will be two ringsiders
with an uncommon interest and they
will be pulling - harder than they
have ever pulled for Bnl of St. Paul
to rock Dempsey into the land of
dreams. Mrs. Billy Miske and-"Billy,
jr., are coming to Benton-Harbor to
occupy ringside seats.
This fellow, who is going to stack
his best against the champion,
wants his wife t6 watch him jiattk
Dempsey. Watching her husband
in action in the ring is nothing new
to Mrs. Miske. She has seen him
in other battles against less formid
able opponents than Dempsey, and
Bill today said her presence gives
him a confidence which isn't to be
"It's a funny thing, perhaps, but
it is true, that J always fight better
when my jvife is" at the ringside,"
said Miske. -
"I can look back on several con
tests at which Mrs. Miske was a
ringsider, but the one which stands
out most prominently is the battle
H. A. POOCH, Manager
Catholic Young Men
To Stage Athletics
The Catholic Young Men's asso
ciation will hold its first annual ath
letic meet and Carnival next Mon
day afternoon, at Thirty-ninth and
Burt streets, starting at 1:30. The
first event will be a track meet be
tween 10 different teams, represent
ing as many parishes of the city.
Prices have been donated for the
parish winning the most points and
also for the individual winners in
Following the track meet a wrest
ling match between representatives
ot the North and south sides ,will be
held.' Tommy Vaughn will then box
six rounds with another 125-pound
man. A base ball game is also on
the program "between the Fort Oma
ha team and an tall-star' C. Y. M
A. team. The program will be closed
with a street dance. There will be
no charge made either for the dance
or the afternoon program. Special
car service will w provided to the
scene ot activities.
The C. Y. M. A. will hold a foot ball
meeting on I Tuesday to make ar
rangements tor their team this fall
The meeting will be held in the club
looms, 3901 Webster, at 8 p. m., and
every one interested is requested to
attend, several big games have al
ready been scheduled. Bart Kruger,
Walnut ZM, is arranging the meet
I had with Battling Levinskv in
New. York. Levinsky was fighting
wonderiuiiy when 1 was matched
with him. My wife saw me hand
nat a real trimming, which sur
prised a lot of people."
Net Star's Compete.
Sat Lake City, UtatvSept.'l. Ten
nis stars from Montana, Idaho, Cali
fornia, Colorado, Wyoming and
Utah are expected to participate in
the Intermountain Tennis tourna
ment to bo held here September 9 to
16, under the jauspicies of the Na
tional Tennis association. Kenneth
Simmons, Montana; W. -I. Rehr,
Wyoming state champion; Villis
Davis, California; Lon Harke Colo
rado and B. E. Scott, of Colorado are
expected to be among the contes
tants for first honors. T. B. Parker,
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New York has written to friends
that he probably will participate ih
the play. Parker was Utah state
champion in 1916 and 1917. Another
possible entrant 1s ,Sam R. Neel, of
Salt Lake, member of the doubles
team which won the national title
many years ago. Entries for the
tournament' will be acceptedw until
The 1918 output of oil in the
United States, 415,000.000 barrels,
would all flow over Niagara Falls
in three hours and four minutes.
WHITE SOX TEAM
IS 7 MEN UNDER
LEAGUER LI MIT
Kid Gleason Shows a Manager
Doesn't Need a Small Army
of Players to Win
By I. E. SANBORN.
William Gleason. nee Kid. is prov
ing that a base ball manager doesn't
need a small army of players to
make a winning team. The While
Sox pilcj.t started on his last eastern
invasion of the season with only 18
men besides himself, and the limit
is 25 players. To be sure, the Sox
picked up several men on the trip,
but they were tryouts for next sea
son and were not included in Glea
son's calculations for winning the
pennant of 1920.
Five pitchers were all the White
Sox started out of Chicago with.
There were the four regulars. Ci-
cotte, Faber, Williams and Kerr, on
whom Gleason counted to do all
the heavy work in turn, with Wil
kinson as a relief slabman in case
one was needed, the uaungsters
annexed on the trip were able to
help by doing the flinging in bat
ting practice, thereby savins the
arms of the regulars.
Iwo catchers, Schalk and Lynn.
were one-more than the Sox really
needed unless a serious accident hap
pened to Schalk, for it tikes a bad
one to keep Ray out of the game. ,
Few, But O Myl ;
Seven infielders and six outfield
ers made up, the Sox roster for the
most important trip of the season,
since it marked the beginning of the
home stretch in the pennant race.
No team ever was better protected
than the. White Sox, in spite of the
small number of players, for that
number includes several bench
warmers who would be regulars on
almost any other team in the league.
fine chance Gleason would have
if he tried to obtain waivers on Mc-
Mullin or McClellan or Murphy, for
instance, and it would take some
engineering to get Jourdan or
Strunk out of the majors, even if
the Kid wanted to.
Murphy Great Pinch Hitter.
Murphy probably is the world's
greatest pinch hitter. The records
of last season and of this year up
to date prove it. The reason why
Murphy is so valuable is not hard to
find. He was one of the best leadoff
men on Connie Mack's team for
several years, and would be in the
game every day if Leibold were not
a better fielder than, he and also a
good leadoff batsman as well.
There are two other good reasons
why Miirphv is not used in tW
Gleason outfield. They are Jackson
and Felsch. And the fact that
Murphy is on the bench ready -to
step into the batsman's box at any
time is not his only value to the
team. There is no keener man in
the game than "Mique" in the mat
ter of sizing ud rutchers. and a
slahsman must be letter perfect
his delivery if the eagle eyes
Gleason and Murphy cannot detec'
a difference in his style of handing
up fast balls and curves.
Bunch of Hardy Veterans.
It requires a severe accident to
put Eddie Collins, Weaver, Risberg
or John Collins out of commission.
They are the kind of folks who
would rather play ball than eat. and
Gleason says the reason Weaver
shows up every spring as lean as an
allev cat is because he would starve
to death if he did not play base ball
six months of the twelve.
But an accident to any of the Kid's
infielders would not cripple the
White Sox, because the two Macs,
big and little, are ready to jump in
without a minute's preparation.
Either Mc Mullin or McClellan can
play third base ahead of many of
the guardians of that corner in the
American league, and Weaver is as
good at shortstop as he is at third,
which is saying a large mouthful.
Second Base Protected.
Either of the Macs can cover sec
ond capably, too, although not as
brilliantly as Eddie Collins, because
they lack his experience. And if
John Collins breaks any bones there
are worse first basemen in the ma
jors than Ted Jourdan, his inability
to hit as well as Shauno being the
reason he is on the bench. W
The one blow that would hurt the
White Sox worst would be an acci
dent to Rav Schalk, for he has
hogged the catching job so long and
so steadilv that the relief catchers on
the Gleason staff have had small
chance to work, and without stead
work a catcher is handicapped mor
than any other player.
Tunney at Camp Lewis. :
Tacoma, Wash., Sept. 4. Gene
Tunney, considered by many critics
as one of the leading heavyweight
prospects, is now at Camp Lewis,
Wash., near here, a member of the
Fiftv-fifth artillery. Recently he
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Hanley to Coach.
Pendleton, Ore., Sept. 4. Richard
E. ("Dick") Hanley, captain of the
cted Mare Inland Marines football
team of 1918 and former Washington
State College star quarter back, is to
coach the Pendleton High School
football team this year. Hanley will
teach chemistry at the school.
Multnomah Gets Mat Coach.
Portland, Ore., Sept. 1. Ted Thye,
one time claimant of the middle
weight wrestling championship, has
been named wrestling instructor at
the Multnomah Amateur Athletic
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