DON'T MEASURE THEM
Just to keep the record straight, the smallest heavyweight boxing champion, as one of your readers says (19TH HOLE, Oct. 11), was not Tommy Burns. He was the shortest. But we don't measure boxers by height, but by weight.
On that basis, Burns was the third smallest. The smallest, i.e., lightest, heavyweight champion was Jem Mace, who antedated John L. Sullivan by about 20 years. He stood 5'9", weighed 152 lbs. Second smallest was Fitzsimmons who, according to Robert H. Davis who weighed him in, weighed 156? lbs. the day he whipped Corbett. He was 5'11?" in height.
Burns, with a height of 5'7?", was the shortest. But he was heavy for that height, and weighed 169 lbs.
CHARLES B. ROTH