I'm curious whether other fighters of the day trained in such luxurious locations ????
By HENRY McLEMORE (United Press Staff Correspondent)
IT SEEMS MR. MAX SCHMELING HAS QUITE A NEAT PLACE TO DO HIS TRAINING
Lake Swannonoa N J.—(UP)— There have been greater managers than Joe Jacobs perhaps, but the man who handles Max Schmeling stands along and unchallenged as a picker of training camp sites. No one, living or dead, ever surrounded his charge with more pure, unadulterated and, shall we say, unbridled, luxury than does Jacobs who comes from the tenements of the east side. Joe was thought to have accomplished his masterpiece last year when he pitched Schmelings camp at Green Kill Lodge. But that was before the boys under direction of Professor Jack Dempsey got a look at this place where the German will prepare for his June 8 joust with Max Baer.
Overlooks Lake Swannonoa
The clubhouse, once the home of the late Alfred T. Ringling, stands high on a hill overlooking Lake Swannonoa. It is, to use an architectural phrase, quite a joint. The place had 117 rooms at the last count, but the man who was making the check got tired and quit on the fifth floor. Jacobs, beaming, led a tour of inspection over three floors and here are a few of the rooms uncovered. A nightclub, complete to dining booths, orchestra dais, soft lights and walls covered with modernistic murals, an organ room, with stained glass windows and deep, oriental rugs. "Here," Jacobs explained, "is a swell place for Max to get away from it all. I can see him now, fingers running idly over the organ keyboard while figuring out a way to get inside Baer's guard with his left."
A combination library and lounge room with approximately the dimensions of a LaCrosse field. In the mahogany cases that line the wall are represented Schopenhauer, Henry George and Erasmus. There is a story of geographical discovery by, appropriately enough, a student named Joseph Jacobs. Schmeling is "nuts" about a good book, Jacobs explained. There are a sunken bath, which in an emergency, can be used for launchings; a glass enclosed sun porch and three or four ball rooms. Surrounding this castle is an estate variously estimated at larger than Maryland and exactly the size of Montenegro. Over its paths and turf run animals from the elusive chipmunk to the more elusive deer. Jacobs said Max might do a little shooting.
Trout In Lake
The lake is liberally stocked with trout. Its waters offer an unsurpassed setting for his rescue of a maiden, an act without which no training camp is official. Across the lake (you cross it by a rustic bridge of some 100 yards in
length) stands the bungalow where Schmeling, along with Jacobs and his staff of trainers, rubbers and cooks will live. It's a modest little place of only some 20 or 30 rooms and was chosen by Jacobs, who explained that the ex-champion liked to "rough it."
And A Tapping Room!
Tennis courts, polo field, bridle paths, a boxing arena and we believe a squash racket court, complete the training site. Oh yes, there's a quaint little taproom downstairs and if you will pardon us we're going down now and do a
little tapping. My hammer, Charles.
PS As a clincher on what sort of a place this is, let us tell you that there's a manicurist shop adjoining the pressroom. As Hype Igoe said: "Wouldn't I have loved to have seen Kid Broad train in this joint."