by Ray Bates
Two teams of highly-tentioned battlers - mightiest
mittmen from both sides of the Mississippi - will climax the stirring '
39 Golden Gloves campaign when they clash in 16 sparkling championship
tussles in the annual East vs. West classic at Chicago Stadium Wednesday
night. The colorful meeting of the nation's most famous squads
marks the end of a grueling three-month grind, with winners unanimously
acclaimed undisputed Golden Gloves champions of America.
Hailing from mountainsides, farmlands, coal mines and cotton
fields in regions scattered from the Canadian border to the Gulf of
Mexico and from the Atlantic to the Rockies, the huskies represent the
cream of an original field of over 33,000 boxers.
Each blasted his way to the top of his class in 62 tourneys staged
in as many leading Eastern and Western cities. They survived
pinwheels of punches tossed by scrappers equally as competent in
Tournaments of Champions conducted in New York and Chicago, and won the
honor of representing either the East or the West in the yearly scramble
for fistic supremacy.
The concluding program lists 16 tussles; two each in classes from
tiny flyweights to ponderous heavies. All are point scoring bouts,
with the team tallying the most victories winning the event.
BOTH SQUADS POWERFUL
Both squads are loaded with masterful boxers and powerhouse
punchers. The invading team, which traveled about 1000 miles, is
the underdog. It will try desperately to score the The East's
first victory in Chicago - a feat it failed to accomplish in five
Individual rivalry is intense. Many are veterans of a few
years experience and are eager to cop those treasured titles and
One bout the Easterners are expected to win is the Bill Speary
-Chester Ellis battle for Bantam honors. Speary, of Philadelphia,
is twice National A.A.U., Eastern and Inter-city winner. He is
considered the flashiest 118-pounder in the ranks.
A brace of Italian-Americans will probably steal the spotlight
when Vic Saccoia , Detroit and John Forte, Philadelphia, meet in one of
the flyweight melees. Both are sharpshooters, aggressive and hard
punchers. The first to land his Sunday swat will probably take
this one by a knockout.
PLENTY OF ACTION
Shelton Bell, Wilberforce U. student, and Henry Jones, light heavy
star of New York, are slated to set 'em up in fine style with plenty of
action and thrills. This one may end abruptly also.
Feathers, lightweights, welters and middles are matched as close
as a postage stamp to an envelope, with the home team expected to bring
home the bacon with sweeping victories in the heavier divisions.
Members of the Eastern contingent are John Forte, Benny Feuer,
Basil Jones, and Felice Corvino, flyweights; Billy Speary, and Forsner,
Orlando Montiel, Pete Beaton and Jack Pembridge, bantams; Ray Robinson,
Larry Agliaoro, Lou Valentine and Mario Centi, feathers; Ennis Johnson,
Art Di Pietro, Willie Smith and John Noce, lightweights;Corky Dulgarian,
Sal Barone, Tami Maurielloand John Lyons, welters.
Others are Vince Fratello, Dan Cox, Warren Jones and Dave McGuire,
middles; Henry Jones, Tom Adams, Walter Spiroch and Jim Boyle,
lightheavies; Buddy Moore, Vince Pellegrini, Henry Moroz andNat Walcoff,
First named in each class are sure starters, with the best
performers between today and Tuesday winning berths on the second string