"He took a day to think it over and then came to me and told me he was ready to tell the story.
"I then went to Arch Ward, the sports editor of the Chicago
, and told him the story. He took charge from there.
"I noticed at the time that Jim Norris' name was not included in the
Tribune's account but I never made any inquiry as to why it was omitted.
"At the time I was employed by a Chicago radio station. I gave the
the story because I knew Arch Ward and because I had formerly worked for that newspaper and knew it would print it if any paper would.
"Harry Thomas was a big, nice, honest sort of guy. A lot of people talk of him now as if he were some sort of stumblebum but he was a good fighter. I often thought that if he hadn't started so late, he could have become champion. He could hit hard with either hand and took a punch well. But he was 27 or 28 years old before he started serious professional boxing.
"I never saw any real reason for Thomas to lie about it. I never had a doubt then that he was telling the truth, and I don't have any now."
Writing on a Roman wall
A dispatch from Rome reveals that a soccer field will be built on the site of the Circus Maximus. Readers of ancient history will recall the Circus Maximus as the greatest of the ancient Roman stadiums, where as many as 200,000 spectators gathered to root the favorite chariot home.
Chariot racing and the Circus Maximus seem a far cry from baseball and minor league ball parks, but baseball men doing the ostrich act with the minor league problems of declining attendance and disappearing leagues ("Don't worry. Baseball is too popular to die out.") might well study the parallel. Chariot racing was the sport in ancient Rome, just as baseball, baseball men claim, is today. Fan loyalty, however, is not undying. Distractions, like Goths or television, can wreak havoc if uncontrolled. And while an abandoned ball park may not have the size and dignity of an abandoned Circus Maximus, it's just as empty.