Thursday, July 07, 2011


From the Oakland Times
October 12, 1926

Francis W. Read, graduate law student at the University of California, now holds the Boalt Hall of Law doughnut eating championship, but he will never again be able to defend his title against an amateur challenger.

He was yesterday declared professional.

Read, who has been nick-named the “Glendale Glutton,” by admiring followers for his masticating propensities, yesterday prepared to defend his title against Ray G. Stanbury, also a graduate law student and former university debater. Stanbury backed down on the title bout at the last minute, however, and Read was forced to enter the ring alone.

In order not to disappoint his large coterie of supporters, the “sinker champ” staged an exhibition in which he downed an even dozen doughnuts in 15 minutes, ate another for good measure, and bought a half dozen more in case he should still be hungry.

His amateur status ended, however, when Donald P. Nichols, president of the Boalt Hall Law Association and former football star, who was to referee the match between Read and Stanbury, turned over to the titlist a percentage of the wagers won by reason of Stanbury’s failure to show for the tilt.

A board of arbitration, composed of law students, yesterday afternoon ruled that as Read had accepted money for taking part in the contest, he would henceforth be considered as professional and ineligible to take part in future amateur contests.

Ursus Major


Anonymous Anonymous said...


7/07/2011 3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Things like this are why I went to Boalt. We need to reinstate the tradition around here!

7/07/2011 3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this real?

7/07/2011 5:26 PM  
Blogger Ursus Major said...

At Boalt Hall truth is much, much stranger than fiction. I have more. Watch this space.

7/08/2011 7:36 AM  

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