Sport: Anything for a Killing

Commercialism and corruption continued to make sport page headlines.

This week Middleweight Rocky Graziano—who outdraws any fighter but Joe Louis in Madison Square Garden—admitted that he had been offered $100.000 to throw a fight. The offer was made in Graziano's dressing room two weeks before his scheduled bout with second-rater Ruben ("Cowboy") Shank.

According to the wise boys, an "East Side syndicate" had bet $125,000 on Cowboy Shank at 4 to 1. The gamblers, who were not content to take the small bettors' honest risks (see below), stood to win $500,000 if Rocky lost.

Rocky said he didn't take the money. He said he...

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