Sylvia Wene was the "Woman Bowler of the Year" in 1955 and
Ice-skating is, of course, a seasonal sport, and one does not belittle
it in saying that it is truly a "minor" sport. Nevertheless, Irving Jaffee, who
was an Olympic winner and made a professional living out of his skating magic, attained
major prominence, for a while, on the American sporting scene. His story, told within
these pages, is exciting and inspirational.
Professional wrestling has never been taken seriously as a sport in the
United States. In the 1920's and 1930's, when Jim Londos cavorted on the mat, it was a
popular "exhibition." Amateur wrestling, on the other hand, is a skill and an
art. It is not flamboyant, but it is a tough sport which makes enormous demands on the
body. Henry Wittenberg was the best of them all and deserves special attention in this
book. There have been other wrestlers, but none as overwhelming or as impressive as the
former New York City policeman who demonstrated awesome strength and skill as a wrestler.
The history of track and field has been replete with Jewish names.
Harold Abrahams, a British Jew, won a gold medal for Great Britain in the Olympic Games of
1924 in the 100-meter race. Lillian Copeland four years later won a silver medal for the
United States for throwing the discus and in 1932 she won the gold medal in the same
event. As long ago as the 1906 Olympics, Hugo Friend brought home to the United States a
bronze medal for the long jump and Gary Gubner, who attended New York University, was a
remarkably successful shotputter and discus thrower. He represented the U.S. in many
international meets and, while he won many impressive