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HANDBALL GETS A NEW CHAMP

April 11, 1955
April 11, 1955

Table of Contents
April 11, 1955

Events & Discoveries
Spectacle
  • A tarpon fisherman finds a wild world all his own on the lonely and pellucid sea west of Florida's Keys

Red Smith
Preview
The Wonderful World Of Sports
Skiing
Boxing
Tennis
  • By William F. Talbert

    The pros try a new scoring plan

Acknowledgments
Football
Yesterday
  • The pitching got better after the Boston Braves and Brooklyn Robins passed the tough 17th inning of the longest game in all baseball history

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back
  • A salute to some who have earned the good opinion of the world of sport, if not yet its tallest headlines

HANDBALL GETS A NEW CHAMP

In the handball world Fireman Vic Hershkowitz of Brooklyn is variously known as The Monster, The Octopus, The Tiger and other nicknames denoting invincible prowess. During his lengthy career the 37-year-old Hershkowitz has won 16 national titles playing from one-wall to four-wall handball. But when he walked on to the cement-and-glass court of the Los Angeles Athletic Club for the finals of the National Four-Wall Handball Championship, Vic Hershkowitz was a badly mauled "monster." His right knee, ankle, wrist and elbow were taped while his opponent, business-machine salesman Jimmy Jacobs of Los Angeles, was a well-muscled youngster of 24.

This is an article from the April 11, 1955 issue

While Hershkowitz's attractive wife Dora (above) sat among the spectators, cheering and grimacing, Jacobs skillfully capitalized on his opponent's condition, made the fireman keep moving. The salesman's steady game and his fine use of the rear wall brought him victory over the sagging "octopus" in two straight games, 21-20 and 21-7.

HERSHKOWITZ'S WIFE DORA (LOWER RIGHT) CHEERS SPOUSE

SHE BECOMES CONCERNED AS JACOBS PUTS ON MORE PRESSURE

SHE PLUCKS LIP NERVOUSLY AS HERSHKOWITZ BEGINS TO WEAKEN

HANDS TO BROW, SHE WATCHES TIRED HUSBAND LOSE TITLE

HEAVILY BANDAGED HERSHKOWITZ GETS SET FOR RETURN

MUSCULAR JACOBS AWAITS A BALL COMING OFF THE REAR WALL

JACOBS BENDS DOWN AND PUTS AWAY A LOW BOUNCING BALL

WEARY WINNER JACOBS HUGS SMILING LOSER HERSHKOWITZ

EIGHT PHOTOSPHIL BATH