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"They're old," Archie explained, "and don't want to give up those nice things." Archie can understand that.
TEARS IN CALIFORNIA
The state of California resumed last week in Los Angeles the self-appraisal of its state of boxing. The barn-door target of the present inquiry is boxing's fattest oligarch, 300-pound Babe McCoy (nee Harry Rudolph; New York City Police No. E-5043), whose matchmaker's license the Reform Commission seeks to revoke on the grounds that he connived in fixed fights, was an undercover manager and associated with gamblers.
The witnesses, boxers and managers testified, with one exception, to McCoy's lordly disdain for an equal contest. Only Art Aragon stood by the fat man in the dark chronicle of rigged bouts and duplicity.
Among the accusers was the onetime light heavyweight champion of California, Watson Jones, who in March had told Governor Goodwin Knight's investigating committee that he was just " McCoy's little colored boy." Jones was no less explicit this time. " McCoy was my boss man," he said. "He gave me back what he thought I should have. I don't remember how much but it was a lot less than half."
He went on to list fights in which " McCoy would just tell me to go there, make it look good and get out early." He told the commission how McCoy wanted it done. "He'd also say to let the crowd see me get hit on the chin so that it would look good." It didn't look so good now, as Jones continued: "I never cheated Mr. McCoy. I brought him all my money. I brought him every nickel." Then, in the fullness of his long shame, he broke down and wept.
SOCCER AT MICHIGAN STATE
The game of soccer, a quietly booming participant sport in U.S. preparatory schools and colleges, has carried out one of its most notable new invasions this season by thrusting a boot in the door at football-preoccupied Michigan State University.
While Football Coach Duffy Daugherty and his players were out of town, an informal soccer club on the campus was expanded (with the blessing of Athletic Director Biggie Munn) into-a varsity soccer team good enough to begin its first intercollegiate season with victories over Michigan and Kenyon.
As soccer coach, Athletic Director Munn named a 28-year-old teacher in the physical education department, Gene Kenney, who is also assistant coach of wrestling. Coach Kenney played a lot of intramural soccer during his undergraduate days at Illinois, and so he accepted the assignment with a soccer buff's enthusiasm and the understanding there would be no recruiting of players, no juggling of late lab sessions and practically no spectators. Biggest crowd so far: 250 at the Michigan game.