Yep, he even put the bug in his Grammie’s ear this afternoon when she stopped by to see us after work. The other night when we visited friends, they pulled out the Wii and let Jake have a go at it. Needless to say, he is hooked and talks about it all the time. He says his favorite game was tennis, but he couldn’t quite get the hang of that. He did really good on one of the driving games and excellent in the boxing matches! It was pretty funny watching his little arms move to punch his opponent. Of course, these opponents favored cartoon characters and there was no blood so I let him play. Otherwise, this would not have been something I’d let him do. He couldn’t really punch though, and just moved his arms up and down. He was so tired, but way too excited to sleep. I just knew I could put his jammies on before we left for home and he’d be out, but nope, he talked all the way home and after we got home up until 11 PM when he finally conked out. I expected to see his little arms going at it in his sleep! I had to take pics of this on his Kid Zoom camera since I need a new battery for mine. Now to find the camera and upload the photos! I’ll be back later with those.
Speaking of boxing, found a great web page on the boxer in our family history. Before the Internet we could only find books about other boxers that may have fought him at one time. Now there’s a lot of info about him and my dad loves it. What I found neat was that Young’s brother was named Graham. Graham is also Jake’s first name. I chose Graham because of another family member, but didn’t know about this other “Graham” in our family.
From Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia
Name: Young Stribling
Career Record: click
Alias: King of the Canebrakes
Birth Name: William Lawrence Stribling Jr.
Nationality: US American
Birthplace: Bainbridge, GA, USA
Hometown: Macon, GA
Age at Death: 28
Height: 6′ 1″
Trainer: Ma Stribling
Manager: William L. (Pa) Stribling, Sr.
According to the Nov. 7, 1927 Spokane Spokesman Review newspaper, just prior to Stribling’s visit to nearby Dishman, WA: This was not Stribling’s first visit to the Spokane area. In 1911, he, Ma, Pa, and brother Graham had come to Spokane on the Sullivan and Considine Vaudeville Circuit with an acrobatic act called the “Four Novelty Grahams.” They spent one week at the Empress Theater, then called the Washington Theater. As part of the show, the Stribling brothers boxed exhibitions.
Stribling was one of the best high school basketball players in the United States. He was known as a “dead shot” (a very accurate shooter). His team went to the national interscholastic tournament at Chicago, but he was ruled ineligible to play because of his professional boxing. He was also quite talented at golf, hunting, fishing, speedboat racing and tennis. Stribling was also an avid and accomplished aviator who loved to fly.
He died October 3, 1933, after a motorcycle/automobile accident when he was just 28. The accident occurred October 1 outside of Macon, Georgia. Traveling 35 miles per hour on a motorcycle, “Strib” was en route to a hospital to visit his convalescing wife and their brand-new baby (his third child), born two weeks previously. He waved a greeting to a friend passing in an automobile. But he failed to see another car behind that of his friend, Roy Barrow. The veteran of roughly 300 bouts, who never received a permanent scar due to his great defensive skills, attempted to dodge the second car but was too late. The fender of the car struck Stribling, crushing and virtually ripping off his left foot, and sending him to the pavement, fracturing his pelvis.
Stribling was taken to the hospital, where, coincidentally, his wife and baby were. His mother rushed to the hospital from the Stribling plantation in South Georgia; his father from Texas. At one point he awoke, saw his wife, and asked, “How’s the baby?” Almost to the end he remained conscious, “carrying on in the same spirit that he showed when they picked him up from the roadside on Sunday,” reported papers of the day. “Well, kid,” he said to his friend (Barrow), who was the first to reach him as he lay beside his wrecked motorcycle with one foot dangling by a single tendon, “I guess this means more roadwork.”
At first the doctors held out hope, after they had amputated his left foot. But his vitality began to wane. Physicians were amazed at his ability to cling to life when his temperature hit 107 1/2 degrees and his pulse 175. His wife was wheeled into his room. He recognized his wife.
“Sugar,” was his barely audible reply.
“Hello, baby,” were his last words to her, the papers reported.
His father walked grimly from the room and tearfully said, “He’s gone.
Death occurred at 6:00 Tuesday morning, October 3. The next day, his body was placed in the Municipal Auditorium of Macon, to lie in state from 10 in the morning until 6 that evening.
Young Stribling is buried here
Inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1965