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Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 15, 2014 ii :::'= ;  p ......... | ..... ,mli / ::   " / / -  :| TED CARROLL CIRCLE THE DATE -- It has P.K. SUBBAN SIGNS -- If Boxing Illustrator and Artist Ted Carroll with self portrait. If you are my age or older and you grew up reading Ring Magazinel you saw the work of the great .artist Ted Carroll. Ted would have a piece in each month's issue and they were always good. At one point he did a monthly series of portraits of all the heavyweight champions. I used to try to copy them as I loved his work. Ted began working for Ring in 1935, he also did publicity drawings for Madison Square Garden and contributed illustra- tions for Dan Parker's columns in the New York Mirror. A while back I received a note from Dan Cuoco, Director of the International Boxing Re- search Organization, asking members if they knew if any photos of Ted Carroll existed. Ted was about to be inducted ..... into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, and it turned out nobody could find a picture of him. There was also a bit of a secret about Ted that few people knew, but that I learned as a kid; Ted Carroll was African American. I be- gan to wonder if that was the reason his photo had not been published, or was it simply because he was a very modest man. I went to work and managed to come up with some pictures of him that were published in an early edition of Ebony Magazine. One very interesting one is of Ted posing in front of a self-porixait he did. It reminds me a bit of the famous Norman Rockwell self-portrait. Carroll book on Louis and Dempsey. Carroll piece on Marcel Cerdan. Benny Leonard Ted Carroll with Jimmy Cannon In a tribute written by Dan Daniel upon Ted's death in i973 at the age of 69, we learn that Ted never attended college, was self taught, admired Samuel Johnson and Boswell, Goldsmith, Dickens, and Faulkner. Ted was a very good basketball-player when young and went on to do some coaching. He was largely self-taught. Daniels believed Carroll felt he was held back by his color, and describes him as %.. an able man, a just man, a man militant for the Negro but a man of unruffled temper." Ted, who was an Army veteran, was known for wearing bow ties. He lived on the sixth floor of a building with no elevator in Harlem, and did his work there. He considered Ray Robinson the greatest fighter who ever lived, and Willie Pep the cleverest. I think this quote from Ted regarding boxers says a lot about the man's understanding of the sport: "Fighters are mostly meek men trying to make it the hard way. Meek men, but they are endowed with a world of courage. Fighting is the toughest dollar in sports." I think that quote, with art being substituted for boxing, would apply to Ted Carroll. He was also a meek man who was filled with courage. A man who became great at his craft in spite of the road blocks that were put up in front of him. Did he become angry because of this unfairness? Of course, but he did not become bitter. Shortly before Ted's death, Dan Daniel requested that Howard University bestow an honorary degree upon him. That never hap- pened, but it is never too late and Ted Carroll has certainly earned that distinction. Ted Carroll deserves more recognition than he has received. I will continue to do research on him with the hope of one day being able to put together a more detailed piece about his life. If any of my readers are in possession of any of his work or know anything about him, please let me know. It would be a fitting tribute to have an exhibi- tion of his work displayed at one of the art museums. Please enjoy some of his work that I have in- cluded with this article. Featherweights Fight Night AT DILBOY STADIUM On Friday, August 22 nd, the Somerville Boxing Club will hold their annual Fight Night at Dilboy Stadium. The 12 bout card will feature some of the best amateur boxers from Massachusetts. The show is sponsored by USA Boxing, Somerville Youth Boxing, and the City of Somerville. Children under 12 are admitted free. Doors open at 6:00 pm. First bout at 7:00 pro. the makings of one memo- rable evening, it does. We are referring, of course, to Tues- day, November 4 th- and not because it will be Election Day. Over on Causeway Street, the people that populate Bruins Nation will be voting with their feet as they fill the Garden to capacity to wel- come back the ever popuiar Shawn Thomton to the Hub. The former "enforcer" for the Bruins -- who, in reality, was a gentleman off the ice -- will make his return as a member of the Florida Panthers. He played for the Bruins for the past seven years but was not offered a new contract this summer by B's GM Peter Chiarelli. So, as a free agent in the 30-team NHL, you knew some franchise would come calling. Turns out it was the Panthers who signed him up for the next two seasons. So, the unofficial "Shawn Thornton Night" should be quite memorable as the popu- lar former member of the B's fourth line skates against many of the players that were his teammates for several seasons. GIVE ME THAT OLDTIME GAME -- It's that time of year again -- time for one of the regional rituals of summer. We speak, of course of The Oldtime Baseball Game, which in its 21 st annual in- carnation, will be played once again at St. Peter's Field on Sherman Street in North Cambridge starting at 7:00 pm on August 25 th. The game features college players from the Boston area -- with an occasional retired Major League player some- times putting in an appear- ance -- in a classic nine inning contest that so often is missing in current ama- teur baseball leagues that have chosen the shorter seven inning format. In addition, all players wear individualized flannel uni- forms that represent virtually every era in baseball history, including classic teams such as the Boston Braves, the St. Louis Browns and the Brooklyn Dodgers. There's even a uniform from a ficti- tious team -- the New York Knights -- highlighted in the baseball film The Natural. You might even see a future Major League star since 25 players from the previous 20 games have gone to careers in professional baseball. The Oldtime Baseball Game has always been involved with charities and this year is no exception with the ALS Therapy Development Insti- tute that is headquartered in Cambridge being designated the 2014 partner. More than 86 cents of each dollar raised is spent on the Institute's mission -- to dis- cover and develop treatments for ALS -- the illness that was brought into the public's mind by former Yankee star Lou Gehrig "i n the late 1930s. In 2014 there is still no cure or effective treatment. there was any question whether Malcolm Subban, the goalie for the Providence Bruins and a projected future netmlnder for the parent .club on Causeway Street, would lead a life free of financial Stress, it was virtually erased earlier this month when his brother -- P.K. Subban -- signed an eight year, $72 million con- tract with the Montreal Canadiens. Why? We're sure that if it ever comes to it, P.K, would certainly take care of his younger brother ff need be. Of course, that might not ever be necessary if Malcolm, a first round pick by the B's in the 2012 NHL Draft, eventu- ally progresses to the point where he takes over the duties between the pipes in Boston. But that might not be for some time, though, given that Tuukka Rask won the Vezina Trophy (best goalie in the regular season) for his perfor- mance during the 2013-2014 campaign. As for P.K., a solid defense- man who will earn an aver- age of $9 million per season over the life of the contract, it represents security and a reward for a job well done. The new contract makes him one of the highest paid players in the NHL. Playing in all 82 regular season games last season, he scored 10 goals and added 43 assists for a total of 53 points. He then added 14 goals in 17 playoff games -- and was an absolute thorn in the side of the Brnins who were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the arch-rival Canadiens in seven games. He also was a member of Canada's Olympic team that won the gold medal this past winter in Sochi, Russia. CELTICS PLAYER POINTS -- Over the next few weeks we'll present some facts about current Celtics players that many fans may not know. According to the Celtics web site: Center Kelly Olynyk (who grew up in Canada and is. entering his second year with the C's) played quarter- back for his high school foot- ball team -- and sustained a broken arm during a 2007 playoff game. But basketball was always the game in the family. His mother Arlene was the official scorekeeper for the Toronto Raptors for a decade while his father Ken was the head hoops coach at the University of Toronto for 13 years. Kelly went to Gonzaga University where he stayed all four years, graduating with a 3.53 GPA. While in college he also played for Canada in the 2010 World Champion- ships when he was just 19 years old. The 7-0 center was named an NBA Rising Star last season during his rookie year with the Celtics -- one in which he played in 70 contests while averaging 8.7 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game.