After knocking out New Zealand’s Tom Heeney in the tenth round, Greenwich Village native Gene Tunney vacated his heavyweight title, trading in the speedbag for Shakespeare. The 1930 elimination bout between Germany’s Max Schmeling and American Jack Sharkey ended in the fourth round with Schmeling writhing on the canvas after an apparent low blow. Supporters of the ‘Boston Gob’ were incredulous that their man was denied the title, claiming that ‘der schwarze Uhlan’ had applied a few tricks he learned from his thespian friends in the Weimar demimonde. In the rematch held in 1931 in Long Island City, Schmeling dominated Sharkey over the final ten rounds, and the awaited verdict seemed a mere formality to the assembled throng. After the judges declared Sharkey, nee Joseph Paul Zaukauskas, the first and only heavyweight champion of Lithuanian origins, Schmeling’s beloved trainer, malaprop king Joe Jacobs, exclaimed for all eternity, “We wuz robbed!” The ghost of ‘Yussel the Mussel’ was sighted twice last Thursday at the New York Athetic Club.