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LE’s Stories – 25 Title Defenses: A Record For All Boxing Weight Classes Still Today 75 Yrs Later – Tribute To The Brown Bomber, Joe Louis, A Champion With Honor And Class

 

Music – Carl Martin Sings “The Joe Louis Blues” – 1935 – A randomandrare Production Special – “Great Song, Great Guitarist…..Just In Time For Detroit’s 313th birthday, Too!”

 

 

Having a father that was a proud member of The Greatest Generation….. while being raised within the guidelines of those standards that were etched into the hearts, minds and souls of those soldiers who went to war at age 17 and 18…..be it black, brown, white, asian, etc…..as all became bands of brothers fighting for their country…..and were blessed to return from a war…..but continuing to have recurring nightmares for the rest of their lives regarding why they came home and their buddies didn’t.  Since the first thing soldiers did when they came home from war was to make babies…..while spawning my generation The Baby Boomer..…and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis, The Brown Bomber was part of the Greatest Generation …..who went to war like my Dad…..and I have a natural attraction to Joe Louis, because he was Champ when he went to a recruiting office and signed-up.  Plus, being a huge boxing fan….The Bomber is one of my personal all time favorites because of the speed and fury of his punches …..so, this is a true joy for me to re-visit a boxing era that I haven’t visited in quite some time…..with hopes that all ya’ll enjoy the life and legend an incredible man, Joe Louis, The Brown Bomber…..as is mine in telling his story…..as it is my privilege!                                                                                                   

 

 

 

Boxing – Documentary Film – “Remembering Joe Louis The Brown Bomber” – 2020 – A City of Detroit Production Special – Joe Louis:  “From Birth To Champion….A Story Of Determination”                                                        

 

 

Joseph Louis Barrow (May 13, 1914 – April 12, 1981) was an American professional boxer who competed from 1934 to 1951…..and was nicknamed the Brown Bomber“…..and is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential boxers of all time…..when he reigned as the World Heavyweight Champion from 1937 until his temporary retirement in 1949. He was victorious in 25 consecutive title defenses…..which is a record for all weight classes still today in 2024…..plus, Joe Louis had the longest single reign as champion of any boxer in history…..and that is evidence enough of discussions about Joe Louis as the greatest boxer of all time.

 

 

 

Boxing – Documentary Film – Joe Louis: “For All Time” (Documentary) – 2012 – An ibhof2 Production Special – Joe Louis:  “The Life and Legend of The Brown Bomber….A Champion In and Out of the Ring”

 

 

In addition to his prowess in the ring….Louis’s cultural impact was significantly felt well outside the ring…..as he is widely regarded as the 1st African-American to achieve the status of a nationwide hero within the United States…..which was also a focal point of anti-Nazi sentiment leading up to and during World War II because of his historic rematch with German boxer Max Schmeling in 1938…..plus, he was instrumental in integrating the game of golf, helping break the sport’s color barrier in America by appearing under a sponsor’s exemption in a PGA event in 1952.

 

 

 

Golf & Boxing – Mini-Documentary Film – Joe Louis:  “How He Helped Change Golf Forever” – 2023 – A Golf Channel Production Special – Joe Louis:  “A True Lover Of The Game Of Golf

 

 

Born on May 13, 1914, in rural Chambers County, Alabama in a ramshackle dwelling on Bell Chapel Road…..which was located about 1 mile (2 km) off State Route 50 and roughly 6 miles (10 km) from LaFayette…..as Louis was the 7th of eight children of Munroe Barrow and Lillie (Reese) Barrow…..who weighed 11 pounds (5 kg) at birth.  Both of his parents were children of former slaves…..while alternating between sharecropping and rental farming. Louis suffered from a speech impediment and spoke very little until about the age of six.  Munroe Barrow was committed to a mental institution in 1916 and, as a result, Joe knew very little of his biological father.  Around 1920, Louis’s mother married Pat Brooks, a local construction contractor, having received word that Munroe Barrow had died while institutionalized (in reality, Munroe Barrow lived until 1938, unaware of his son’s fame).  In 1926, shaken by a gang of white men in the Ku Klux Klan, Louis’s family moved to Detroit, Michigan, forming part of the post-World War I Great Migration.  Joe’s brother worked for Ford Motor Company…..where Joe would himself work for a time at the River Rouge Plant…..as the family settled into a home at 2700 Catherine (now Madison) Street in Detroit’s  Black Bottom neighborhood.  Louis attended Bronson Vocational School for a time to learn cabinet-making.                                                                                                             

 

 

 

Boxing – Mini-Documentary Film – Joe Louis:  “How Joe Louis Trained” – 2023 – A Boxing Life Production Special – Joe Louis:  The Training Methods & Lessons of a Boxing Icon”

 

 

The Great Depression severely affected the Barrow family, but Joe still made time to work out at a local youth recreation center at 637 Brewster Street in Detroit…..while his mother attempted to get him interested in playing the violin.  He is rumored to have tried to hide his pugilistic ambitions from his mother by carrying his boxing gloves inside his violin case.  Louis made his debut in early 1932 at the age of 17…..wherein, legend has it that before the fight, the barely literate Louis wrote his name so large that there was no room for his last name…..and thus became known as “Joe Louis” for the remainder of his boxing career…..albeit is more likely that Louis simply omitted his last name to keep his boxing a secret from his mother.  After this debut bout…..which was a loss to future Olympian Johnny Miler…..after which Louis compiled numerous amateur victories…..and eventually winning the club championship of his Brewster Street recreation center, the home of many aspiring Golden Gloves fighters.  In 1933, Louis won the Detroit-area Golden Gloves Novice Division championship against Joe Biskey for the light heavyweight classification….. when he later lost in the Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions. The next year, competing in the Golden Gloves’ Open Division, he won the light heavyweight classification…..and this time also winning the Chicago Tournament of Champions against Joe Bauer…..however, a hand injury forced Louis to miss the New York/Chicago Champions’ cross-town bout for the ultimate Golden Gloves championship.  In April 1934, he followed up his Chicago performance by winning the light heavyweight United States Amateur Champion National AAU tournament in St. Louis, Missouri.  By the end of his amateur career, Louis’s record was 50–4, with 43 knockouts.                                                                                                                 

 

 

Boxing – Mini-Documentary Film – Joe Louis:  “The Genius Who Slayed Heavyweight Giants Explained” – 2023 – A The Modern Martial Artist Production Special – Joe Louis:  The Smartest Offensive Boxer Ever of All Time”

 

 

Louis’s amateur performances attracted the interest of professional promoters…..as he was soon represented by a black Detroit-area bookmaker named John Roxborough.  As Louis explained in his autobiography, Roxborough convinced the young fighter that white managers would have no real interest in seeing a black boxer work his way up to title contention:  “(Roxborough) told me about the fate of most black fighters, ones with white managers, who wound up burned-out and broke before the reached their prime.  The white managers were not interested interested in the men they were handling but in the money they could make from them. They didn’t take the proper time to see that their fighters had a proper training, that the lived comfortably, or ate well, or had some pocket change.  Mr. Roxborough was talking about Black Power before it became popular.”  Roxborough knew a Chicago area boxing promoter named Julian Black…..who already had a stable of mediocre boxers against which Louis could hone his craft, this time in the heavyweight division.  After becoming part of the management team, Black hired fellow Chicago native Jack “Chappy” Blackburn as Louis’s trainer. Louis’s initial professional fights were all in the Chicago area…..with his professional debut coming on July 4, 1934 against Jack Kracken in the Bacon Casino on Chicago’s south side.  Louis earned $59 for knocking out Kracken in the 1st round. $59 in 1934 is equivalent to $1,148.60 in 2020 dollars.  Louis won all 12 of his professional fights that year…..with 10 by knockout.

Boxing – Mini-Documentary Film – Joe Louis:  “The American Muscle” – 2022 – A Rhythm Boxing Production Special – Joe Louis:  “The Quiet, Humble, Barrier-Breaking War Machine Was The Real American Muscle

 

  

In September 1934, while promoting a Detroit-area “coming home” bout for Louis against Canadian Alex Borchuk, Roxborough was pressured by members of the Michigan State Boxing Commission to have Louis sign with white management…..but he refused and continued advancing Louis’s career with bouts against heavyweight contenders Art Sykes and Stanley Poreda.  While training for a fight against Lee Ramage, Louis noticed a young female secretary for the black newspaper at the gym…..so, after Ramage was defeated, the secretary, Marva Trotter, was invited to the celebration party at Chicago’s Grand Hotel…..and from there, Trotter later became Louis’s 1st wife in 1935.

 

 

 

Boxing – 15 Round World Heavyweight Championship Title Fight (Full Fight & Build-up Colorized) – Welshman Tommy Farr Vs. Champ Joe Louis – 1937 – A Legends of Boxing in Color Production Special – “Joe Louis In His 1st of 25 Title Defenses Ove 12 Years of Holding the Title”

 

 

During this time, Louis also met Truman Gibson, the man who would become his personal lawyer.  As a young associate at a law firm hired by Julian Black, Gibson was charged with personally entertaining Louis during the pendency of business deals.  Although Louis’s management was finding him bouts against legitimate heavyweight contenders, no path to the title was forthcoming.  While professional boxing was not officially segregated, many white Americans did not like the prospect of a black champion.  In 1908, during an era of severe anti-black repression, Jack Johnson became the 1st black heavyweight champion…..but his flamboyant lifestyle and marriage to a white woman engendered an enormous backlash that greatly limited opportunities of black fighters in the heavyweight division.  Black boxers were denied championship bouts…..while there were few heavyweight black contenders at the time…..albeit there were African Americans who fought for titles in other weight divisions…..with a few notable black champions, such as Tiger Flowers…..so, Louis and his handlers would counter the legacy of Johnson by emphasizing the Brown Bomber’s modesty and sportsmanship. Biographer Gerald Astor stated that “Joe Louis’ early boxing career was stalked by the specter of Jack Johnson”.

 

 

 

Boxing – 15 Round Heavyweight Bout Live at Wrigley Field, Los Angeles – Featuring Lee Ramage Vs. Joe Louis (Extended Highlights) – Fight II – 1935 – A TheGreatA Production Special – ” The Rematch Between Young 20 Yr. Old Joe Louis And The Man Who Had Gone 4 Rnds With Him The Year Prior”

 

 

If Louis were to rise to national prominence among such cultural attitudes, a change in management would be necessary….so, in 1935, boxing promoter Mike Jacobs sought out Louis’s handlers…..when after Louis’s narrow defeat of Natie Brown on March 29, 1935, Jacobs and the Louis team met at the Frog Club, a black nightclub…..and negotiated a three-year exclusive boxing promotion deal…..albeit this contract did not keep Roxborough and Black from attempting to cash in as Louis’s managers…..when Louis turned 21 on May 13, 1935, Roxborough and Black each signed Louis to an onerous long-term contract that collectively dedicated half of Louis’s future income to the pair……as Black and Roxborough continued to carefully and deliberately shape Louis’s media image.  Mindful of the tremendous public backlash Johnson had suffered for his unapologetic attitude and flamboyant lifestyle, they drafted “Seven Commandments” for Louis’s personal conduct……which included the following:  Never have a picture taken with a white woman …..Never gloat over a fallen opponent…..Never engage in fixed fights…..Live and fight clean.  As a result, Louis was generally portrayed in the white media as a modest, clean-living person, which facilitated his burgeoning celebrity status.

 

 

 

Boxing – A Bored Film Documentary – “The Impossible Greatness of Joe Louis – Boxing’s Most Dominant Champion (The Real Captain America)” – 2021 – A Joseph Vincent Production Special – “Joe Louis: Arguably the Greatest Heavyweight To Ever Box…..a Champion Unlike Any Other…..In An Era When Fighting Was At Its Toughest…..as this Original Documentary Examines the Complete Career of Joe Louis…. With All His Dramatic Matches and Historic Deeds.

 

 

With the backing of a major promotion, Louis fought thirteen times in 1935. The bout that helped put him in the media spotlight occurred on June 25, when Louis knocked out 6’6″, 265-pound former world heavyweight champion Primo Carnera in six rounds…..which foreshadowed the Louis Vs. Schmeling rivalry to come…..while the Carnera bout featured a political dimension…..whereby Louis’s victory over Carnera, who symbolized Benito Mussolini’s regime in the popular eye…..which was seen as a victory for the international community, particularly among African Americans, who were sympathetic to Ethiopia…..which was attempting to maintain its independence by fending off an invasion by fascist Italy.  America’s white press began promoting Louis’s image in the context of the era’s racism; nicknames they created included the “Mahogany Mauler”, “Chocolate Chopper”, “Coffee-Colored KO King”, “Safari Sandman”, and one that stuck: “The Brown Bomber”.  Helping the white press to overcome its reluctance to feature a black contender was the fact that in the mid-1930’s boxing desperately needed a marketable hero. Since the retirement of Jack Dempsey in 1929, the sport had devolved into a sordid mixture of poor athletes, gambling, fixed fights, thrown matches and control of the sport by organized crime.  New York Times Columnist Edward Van Ness wrote, “Louis … is a boon to boxing.  Just as Dempsey led the sport out of the doldrums….. so is Louis leading the boxing game out of a slump”.  Likewise, biographer Bill Libby asserted that “The sports world was hungry for a great champion when Louis arrived in New York in 1935”.  While the mainstream press was beginning to embrace Louis, many still opposed the prospect of another black heavyweight champion.  In September 1935, on the eve of Louis’s fight with former titleholder Max Baer, Washington Post sportswriter Shirley Povich wrote about some Americans’ hopes for the white contender, “They say Baer will surpass himself in the knowledge that he is the lone white hope for the defense of Nordic superiority in the prize ring”.  However, the hopes of white supremacists would soon be dashed.

 

 

 

Boxing – 15 Round Heavyweight Bout With Primo Carnera Vs. Joe Louis (Full Fight) – Live from Yankee Stadium, The Bronx – 1935 – A SportLegendsXIII Production Special – “The Brown Bomber KO’s The Italian Giant In The 6th Round”

 

 

Although Baer had been knocked down only once before in his professional career (by Frankie Campbell), Louis dominated the former champion, knocking him out in the 4th round.  Unknowingly, Baer suffered from a unique disadvantage in the fight…..when earlier that evening, Louis had married Marva Trotter at a friend’s apartment…..and was eager to end the fight in order to consummate the relationship.  Later that year, Louis also knocked out Paulino Uzcudun…..who had never been knocked down before. In the Baer fight video below, Joe Louis is just 21 years old when he destroys former champ Max Baer…..while Louis was an efficient impressive young boxer…..with tremendous speed and power…..while already being a master of the art of boxing…..as evidenced by the many times that Baer’s head flies backwards and side-wards with Louis punches…..as some of them come with such speed that it is difficult for the viewer to even see the punch…..but in slow motion, the viewer sees the speed, power and accuracy of The Brown Bomber.  

 

 

 

Boxing – Official Boxing Motion Picture – 15 Round Heavyweight Bout With Max Baer Vs. Joe Louis (Entire Fight) – Live from Yankee Stadium, The Bronx – 1935 – A Legends of Boxing in Color Production Special – “The Brown Bomber Dominates Baer With 4th Round Knockout”

 

 

Boxing – Official Boxing Motion Picture – 15 Round Heavyweight Bout With Paulino Uzcudun Vs. Joe Louis (Entire Fight) – Live from Madison Square Garden, NYC – 1935 – A TheGreatA Production Special – “The Brown Bomber KO’s Uacudun For The Only Time In The Spaniard’s Career”

 

 

By this time, Louis was ranked as the # 1 contender in the heavyweight division…..and had won the Associated Press’ “Athlete of the Year” award for 1935.  What was considered to be a final tune-up bout before an eventual title shot was scheduled for June 1936 against Max Schmeling…..albeit a former world heavyweight champion was Schmeling…..who had been knocked out by the same Max Baer that Louis had basically destroyed, was not considered a threat to Louis…..albeit with a professional record of 27–0 ……the fact is that Schmeling had won his title on a technicality when Jack Sharkey was disqualified after giving Schmeling a low blow in 1930…..plus Schmeling was also 30 years old at the time of the Louis bout…..and allegedly past his prime.  Louis’s training retreat was located at Lakewood, New Jersey…..where he was 1st able to practice the game of golf…..which was later to become a lifelong passion.  Noted entertainer Ed Sullivan had initially sparked Louis’s interest in the sport by giving an instructional book to Joe’s wife Marva…..and that is when Louis spent significant time on the golf course rather than training for the match.  Conversely, Schmeling prepared intently for the bout…..as he had thoroughly studied Louis’s style and believed he had found a weakness…..by exploiting Louis’s habit of dropping his left hand after a jab…..when Schmeling handed Louis his 1st professional loss by knocking him out in round 12 at Yankee Stadium on June 19, 1936.  The event would lead to the historic rematch of the two, in one of the world’s most famous sporting events.  After defeating Louis, Schmeling expected a title shot against James J. Braddock, who had unexpectedly defeated Max Baer for the heavyweight title the previous June. Madison Square Garden (MSG) had a contract with Braddock for the title defense and also sought a Braddock–Schmeling title bout. But Jacobs and Braddock’s manager Joe Gould had been planning a Braddock–Louis matchup for months.  Schmeling’s victory gave Gould tremendous leverage, however…..for if he were to offer Schmeling the title chance instead of Louis …..there was a very real possibility that Nazi authorities would never allow Louis a shot at the title.  Gould’s demands were therefore onerous…..as Jacobs would have to pay 10% of all future boxing promotion profits (including any future profits from Louis’s future bouts) for ten years. Braddock and Gould would eventually receive more than $150,000 from this arrangement.  Well before the actual fight, Jacobs and Gould publicly announced that their fighters would fight for the heavyweight title on June 22, 1937.  Figuring that the New York State Athletic Commission would not sanction the fight in deference to MSG and Schmeling, Jacobs scheduled the fight for Chicago.  Each of the parties involved worked to facilitate the controversial Braddock–Louis matchup…..when Louis did his part by knocking out former champion Jack Sharkey on August 18, 1936. Meanwhile, Gould trumped up anti-Nazi sentiment against Schmeling…..and Jacobs defended a lawsuit by MSG to halt the Braddock–Louis fight…..when a federal court in Newark, New Jersey, eventually ruled that Braddock’s contractual obligation to stage his title defense at MSG was unenforceable for lack of mutual consideration…..and the stage was set for Louis’s title shot. On the night of the fight, June 22, 1937, Braddock was able to knock Louis down in round one…..but afterward could accomplish little…..then after inflicting constant punishment, Louis defeated Braddock in round eight….. while knocking him out cold with a strong right hand that busted James’ teeth through his gum shield and lip and sent him to the ground for a few minutes.  It was the 1st and only time that Braddock was knocked out (the one other stoppage of Braddock’s career was a TKO due to a cut). Louis’s ascent to the world heavyweight championship was complete.

 

 

 

Boxing – Official Boxing Motion Picture – 15 Round Heavyweight Bout With Max Schmeling Vs. Joe Louis (Entire Fight) – Live from Yankee Stadium, The Bronx – 1936 – A rsmorodinov Production Special – “The Brown Bomber Goes Down in the 12th Round…..As Schmeling Hands Louis His 1st Loss”

 

 

Boxing – Official Boxing Motion Picture – 15 Round Heavyweight Bout With Jack Sharkey Vs. Joe Louis (Entire Fight) – Live from Yankee Stadium, The Bronx – 1936 – A Classic Boxing Match Production Special – “The Brown Bomber Drops Sharkey Twice in Round 2…..And Finished Him On 2nd Knockdown In Round 3”

 

 

Boxing – Official Boxing Motion Picture – 15 Round Heavyweight World Heavyweight Title Fight – Joe Louis Vs James Braddock (Entire Fight) – Live from Comiskey Park, Chicago – 1937 – A Legends of Boxing in Color Production Special – “The Brown Bomber KO’s Braddock In The 8th Round…..After Being Floored In The 1st” – As Joe Louis Wins The Heavyweight Title He Will Hold For The Next 25 Fights

 

 

Louis’s victory was a seminal moment in African American history. Thousands of African Americans stayed up all night across the country in celebration.  Noted author and member of the Harlem Renaissance Langston Hughes described Louis’s effect in these terms:  “Each time Joe Louis won a fight in those depressions years, even before he became champion, thousands of black Americans on relief or W.P.A. and poor, would throng out into the streets all across the land to march and cheer and yell and cry because of Joe’s one-man triumphs.  No one else in the United States has ever had such an effect on Negro emotions–or on mine.  I marched and cheered and yelled and cried, too.  Despite his championship, Louis was haunted by the earlier defeat to Schmeling. Shortly after winning the title, he was quoted as saying, “I don’t want to be called champ until I whip Max Schmeling”.  Louis’s manager Mike Jacobs attempted to arrange a rematch in 1937…..but negotiations broke down when Schmeling demanded 30% of the gate….. when Schmeling instead attempted to arrange for a fight against British Empire champion Tommy Farr…..who was known as the “Tonypandy Terror”—ostensibly for a world championship to rival the claims of American boxing authorities…..but Jacobs outmaneuvered him, offering Farr a guaranteed $60,000 to fight Louis instead…..as the offer was too lucrative for Farr to turn down…..so, on August 30, 1937, after a postponement of four days due to rain, Louis and Farr finally touched gloves at New York’s Yankee Stadium before a crowd of approximately 32,000…..when Louis fought one of the hardest battles of his life…..as the bout was closely contested and went the entire 15 rounds…..with Louis being unable to knock Farr down.  Referee Arthur Donovan was even seen shaking Farr’s hand after the bout, in apparent congratulation.  Nevertheless, after the score was announced, Louis had won a controversial unanimous decision.  Time described the scene thus: “After collecting the judges’ votes, referee Arthur Donovan announced that Louis had won the fight on points. The crowd of 50,000 … amazed that Farr had not been knocked out or even knocked down, booed the decision”.  It seems the crowd believed that referee Arthur Donovan Sr. had raised Farr’s glove in victory…..when seven years later, in his published account of the fight, Donovan spoke of the “mistake” that may have led to this confusion. He wrote:  “As Tommy walked back to his corner after shaking Louis’ hand, I followed him and seized his glove. ‘Tommy, a wonderful perform–Then I dropped his hand like a red-hot coal!  He had started to raise his arm.  He thought I had given him the fight and the world championship!  I literally ran away, shaking my head and shouting, ‘No!No!No! realising how I had raised his hopes for a few seconds only to dash them to the ground…..That’s the last time my emotions will get the better of me in a prize fight!  There was much booing at the announced result, but, as I say it, it was all emotional. I gave Tommy Two rounds and one even–and both his winning rounds were close. Speaking over the radio after the fight, Louis admitted that he had been hurt twice.  In preparation for the inevitable rematch with Schmeling, Louis tuned up with bouts against Nathan Mann and Harry Thomas.                                                 

 

 

Boxing – Official Boxing Motion Picture – 15 Round Heavyweight World Heavyweight Title Fight – Champ Joe Louis Vs Nathan Mann (Extended Highlights Entire Fight) – Live from Madison Square Garden, NYC – 1939 – A rsmorodinov Production Special – “The Brown Bomber Wins His 2nd Title Defense By  KO  In The 3rd Round…..After Flooring Mann In Three Times Before Knockout”

 

 

The rematch between Louis and Schmeling would become one of the most famous boxing matches of all time…..and is remembered as one of the major sports events of the 20th century.  Following his defeat of Louis in 1936, Schmeling had become a national hero in Germany…..as his victory over an African American was touted by Nazi officials as proof of their doctrine of Aryan superiority.  When the rematch was scheduled, Louis retreated to his boxing camp in New Jersey and trained incessantly for the fight.  A few weeks before the bout, Louis visited the White House, where President Franklin D. Roosevelt told him, “Joe, we need muscles like yours to beat Germany”. Louis later admitted: “I knew I had to get Schmeling good. I had my own personal reasons and the whole damned country was depending on me”.  When Schmeling arrived in New York City in June 1938 for the rematch, he was accompanied by a Nazi party publicist who issued statements that a black man could not defeat Schmeling and that when Schmeling won, his prize money would be used to build tanks in Germany. Schmeling’s hotel was picketed by anti-Nazi protesters in the days before the fight.  On the night of June 22, 1938, Louis and Schmeling met for the 2nd time in the boxing ring…..when the fight was held in Yankee Stadium before a crowd of 70,043…..and was broadcast by radio to millions of listeners throughout the world…..which also included 58% of radio-equipped U.S. households…. with radio announcers reporting on the fight in English, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. Before the bout, Schmeling weighed in at 193 pounds….. while Louis weighed in at 198¾ pounds.  The fight lasted two minutes and four seconds…..as Louis battered Schmeling with a series of swift attacks….. while forcing him against the ropes and giving him a paralyzing body blow…. which Schmeling later claimed it was an illegal kidney punch.  Schmeling was knocked down three times and only managed to throw two punches in the entire bout.  On the third knockdown, Schmeling’s trainer threw in the towel and referee Arthur Donovan stopped the fight.  Well-established as one of the most significant boxing matches in history, the fight has been widely regarded as among the most important or historic sports events of all time. It was the 1st time that many white Americans openly cheered for a black man against a white opponent.

 

 

 

Music – “Little Bill” Gaither Sings “Champ Joe Louis” – 1938 – A “Little Bill” Gaither – Topic Production Special – “A Musical Version of the Max Schmeling Vs The Brown Bomber Joe Louis”

 

 

Boxing – Official Boxing Motion Picture – 15 Round Heavyweight World Heavyweight Title Fight II – Max Schmelling Vs. Champ Joe Louis (Full Film) – Live from Yankee Stadium, The Bronx – 1938 – A rsmorodinov Production Special – “The Brown Bomber Wins His 4th Title Defense By  A Devastating KO  In The 1st Round”

 

 

In the 29 months from January 1939 through May 1941, Louis defended his title thirteen times…..which is a frequency that has been unmatched by any heavyweight champion since the end of the bare-knuckle era.  The pace of his title defenses, combined with his convincing wins, earned Louis’s opponents from this era the collective nickname “Bum of the Month Club”. Notables of this lambasted pantheon include World light heavyweight champion John Henry Lewis who, attempting to move up a weight class, was knocked out in the 1st round by Louis on January 25, 1939…..“Two Ton” Tony Galento, who was able to knock Louis to the canvas with a left hook in the 3rd round of their bout on June 28, 1939, before letting his guard down and being knocked out in the 4th…..Chilean Arturo Godoy, whom Louis fought twice in 1940, on February 9 and June 20 when Louis won the 1st bout by a split-decision and the rematch by a knockout in the 8th round…..Al McCoy, putative New England heavyweight champion, whose fight against Louis is probably best known for being the 1st heavyweight title bout held in Boston, Massachusetts, (at the Boston Garden on December 16, 1940). The popular local challenger dodged his way around Louis before being unable to respond to the 6th-round bell…..Clarence “Red” Burman, who pressed Louis for nearly five rounds at Madison Square Garden on January 31, 1941, before succumbing to a series of body blows…..Gus Dorazio, of whom Louis remarked, “At least he tried”, after being leveled by a short right hand in the second round at Philadelphia’s Convention Hall on February 17…..Abe Simon, who endured thirteen rounds of punishment before 18,908 at Olympia Stadium in Detroit on March 21 before referee Sam Hennessy declared a TKO…..Tony Musto, who, at 5’7½” and 198 pounds, was known as “Baby Tank”. Despite a unique crouching style, Musto was slowly worn down over eight and a half rounds in St. Louis on April 8…..and the fight was called a TKO because of a severe cut over Musto’s eye…..Buddy Baer (brother of former champion Max), who was leading the May 23, 1941, bout in Washington, D.C., until an eventual barrage by Louis, capped by a hit at the 6th round bell. Referee Arthur Donovan disqualified Baer before the beginning of the 7th round as a result of stalling by Baer’s manager.  Despite its derogatory nickname, most of the group were top-ten heavyweights.  Of the 12 fighters Louis faced during this period, five were rated by The Ring as top-10 heavyweights in the year they fought Louis: Galento (overall #2 heavyweight in 1939), Bob Pastor (#3, 1939), Godoy (#3, 1940), Simon (#6, 1941) and Baer (#8, 1941)…..while four others (Musto, Dorazio, Burman and Johnny Paychek) were ranked in the top 10 in a different year.  As you are viewing these nine way better than average heavyweight boxers (all ranked during their careers)…..who were certainly not “Bums of the Month”…..so, just pause for a minute at the 10 minute mark of the video against “Two Ton” Tony Galento…..and watch more than a few times, evidence of the extraordinary power of The Brown Bomber…..when his left hook completely lifts “Two Ton” off the canvas and deposits him on his back in the ring….truly AWESOME POWER!!

 

 

 

Boxing – Official Boxing Motion Picture – 15 Round Heavyweight World Heavyweight Title Fight – John Henry Lewis Vs. Champ Joe Louis (Full Film) – Live from Madison Square Garden, NYC – 1939 – A Legends of Boxing in Color Production Special – “The Brown Bomber Wins His 5th Title Defense By Destroying Lewis In The 1st Round”      

                                                                                                                                                    

 

Boxing – Official Boxing Motion Picture – 15 Round Heavyweight World Heavyweight Title Fight – Jack Roper Vs. Champ Joe Louis (Full Film) – Live from Wrigley Field, Los Angeles – 1939 – A Legends of Boxing in Color Production Special – “The Brown Bomber Wins His 6th Title Defense By Demolishing Jack Roper In The 1st Round”

 

 

Boxing – Official Boxing Motion Picture – 15 Round Heavyweight World Heavyweight Title Fight – “Two Ton” Tony Galento Vs. Champ Joe Louis (Full Film) – Live from Yankee Stadium, The Bronx – 1939 – A Legends of Boxing in Color Production Special –“The Brown Bomber Wins His 7th Title Defense By Lifting “Two Ton” Tony Galento Completely Off The Ground With A Left Hook While Driving Him To The Canvas” (Punch in slow motion at 10 Minute Mark)

 

 

Boxing – Official Boxing Motion Picture – 15 Round Heavyweight World Heavyweight Title Fight – Bob Pastor Vs. Champ Joe Louis (Full Film) II – Live from Briggs Stadium, Detroit – 1939 – A Legends of Boxing in Color Production Special –“The Brown Bomber Wins His 8th Title Defense By Beating Bob Pastor With A Round 11 KO”

 

 

Boxing – Official Boxing Motion Picture – 15 Round Heavyweight World Heavyweight Title Fight – Arturo Godoy Vs. Champ Joe Louis 1 (Full Film) – Live from Madison Square Garden, NYC – 1940 – A
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Production Special –“The Brown Bomber Keep His Title With His 9th Title Defense By Beating Arturo Godoy With A 15 Round Unanimous Decision”

 

 

Boxing – Official Boxing Motion Picture – 15 Round Heavyweight World Heavyweight Title Fight – Johnny Paycheck Vs. Champ Joe Louis (Full Film) – Live from Madison Square Garden, NYC – 1940 – A Legends of Boxing in Color Production Special –“The Brown Bomber Keep Takes Johnny Paycheck In His 10th Title Defense By Mauling Johnny Paycheck With A 2nd Round TKO”

 

 

Boxing – Official Boxing Motion Picture – 15 Round Heavyweight World Heavyweight Title Fight – Arturo Godoy Vs. Champ Joe Louis 2 (Full Film) – Live from Yankee Stadium, Bronx – 1940 – A Batman BoxingProduction Special –“The Brown Bomber Retains His Title With His 11th Title Defense By Beating Arturo Godoy With An 11th Round Knockout”

 

 

Boxing – Official Boxing Motion Picture – 15 Round Heavyweight World Heavyweight Title Fight – Al McCoy Vs. Champ Joe Louis (Full Film) – Live from Boston Gardens, Boston – 1940 – A rsmorodinov Production Special –“The Brown Bomber Retains His Title With His 12th Title Defense By Beating Al McCoy Who Retired In The 5th Round”

 

 

Boxing – Official Old Time Radio Broadcast – 15 Round Heavyweight World Heavyweight Title Fight – Red Burman Vs. Champ Joe Louis (Full Fight) – Live from Madison Square Garden, NYC – 1941 – A The Classic Archives Old Time RadioProduction Special –“The Brown Bomber Retains His Title With His 13th Title Defense By Knockout Over Red Burman In The 5th Round”

 

 

Boxing – Official Boxing Motion Picture – 20 Round Heavyweight World Heavyweight Title Fight – Abe Simon Vs. Champ Joe Louis (1st Fight Highlights) – Live from Olympia Stadium, Detroit – 1941 – A Batman Boxing Production Special –“The Brown Bomber Retains His Title With His 15th Title Defense By Beating Abe Simon With A 13th Round TKO”                                                                                                                                       

 

 

Boxing – Official Boxing Motion Picture – 15 Round Heavyweight World Heavyweight Title Fight – Buddy Baer Vs. Champ Joe Louis (1st Fight Full Fight) – Live from Griffith Stadium, Washington D.C. – 1941 – A rsmorodinov Production Special –“The Brown Bomber Retains His Title With His 17th Title Defense By Beating Buddy Baer With A 7th Round Disqualification”

 

 

Louis’s string of lightly regarded competition ended with his bout against Billy Conn, the light heavyweight champion and a highly regarded contender…..when the fighters met on June 18, 1941, in front of a crowd of 54,487 fans at the Polo Grounds in New York City…..as the fight turned out to be what is commonly considered one of the greatest heavyweight boxing fights of all time.  Conn would not gain weight for the challenge against Louis, saying instead that he would rely on a “hit and run” strategy…..which prompted Louis’s famous response: “He can run, but he can’t hide”…..albeit Louis had clearly underestimated Conn’s threat…..when in his autobiography, Joe Louis said:  I made a mistake going into that fight. I knew Conn was kinda small and I didn’t want them to say in the papers that I beat up on some little guy so the day before the fight I did a little roadwork to break a sweat and drank as little water as possible so I could weigh in under 200 pounds. Chappie was as mad as hell. But Conn was a clever fighter, he was like a mosquito, he’d sting and move.”…..while Conn had the better of the fight through 12 rounds…..albeit Louis was able to stun Conn with a left hook in the 5th, cutting his eye and nose.  By the 8th round, Louis began suffering from dehydration…..and by the 12th round, Louis was exhausted, with Conn ahead on two of three boxing scorecards.  But against the advice of his corner, Conn continued to closely engage Louis in the later stages of the fight…..and Louis made the most of the opportunity by knocking Conn out with two seconds left in the 13th round.  The contest created an instant rivalry that Louis’s career had lacked since the Schmeling era…..and a rematch with Conn was planned for late 1942…..but the rematch had to be abruptly canceled, however, after Conn broke his hand in a much-publicized fight with his father-in-law, Major League ballplayer Jimmy “Greenfield” Smith…..and by the time Conn was ready for the rematch, the Japanese  attack on Pearl Harbor had taken place…..so, Louis fought a charity bout for the Navy Relief Society against his former opponent Buddy Baer on January 9, 1942…..which raised $47,000 for the fund…..and the next day, the Champ volunteered to enlist as a private in the United States Army at Camp Upton, Long Island…..when Newsreel cameras recorded his induction, including a staged scene in which a soldier-clerk asked, “What’s your occupation?”, to which Louis replied, “Fighting and let us at them Japs”.  Another military charity bout on March 27, 1942, (against another former opponent, Abe Simon) netted $36,146.  Before the fight, Louis had spoken at a Relief Fund dinner, saying of the war effort, “We’ll win, ’cause we’re on God’s side”.  The media widely reported the comment, instigating a surge of popularity for Louis.  Slowly, the press began to eliminate its stereotypical racial references when covering Louis and instead treated him as a sports hero.  Despite the public relations boon, Louis’s charitable fights proved financially costly. Although he saw none of the roughly $90,000 raised by these and other charitable fights, the IRS later credited these amounts as taxable income paid to Louis.  After the war, the IRS pursued the issue…..and any way you cut the pie…..this is just one more example of how the US Government abused Joe Louis by putting the him under their thumb…..while taking advantage of a black man who was a National Hero to millions of Americans, black, white and all the colors that made up America.

 

 

Boxing – ESPN SportsCentury Documentary – Joe Louis Vs Billy Conn:  “Battle Lines” – 2011 – A  SportsCentury Production Special – “Two Incredible Boxer’s Personal Battles Create Lasting Memories  Of Greatness and Sportsmanship” 

 

Boxing – Official Boxing Motion Picture – 15 Round Heavyweight World Heavyweight Title Fight – Billy Conn Vs. Champ Joe Louis (1st Fight Full Fight) – Live from The Polo Grounds, NYC – 1946 – A heavyweight & cruiserweight title fights! Production Special –“The Brown Bomber Retains His Title With His 18th Title Defense By Beating Billy Conn With A 13th Round Knockout”

 

For basic training, Louis was assigned to a segregated cavalry unit based in Fort Riley, Kansas…..as the assignment was at the suggestion of his friend and lawyer Truman Gibson…..who knew of Louis’s love for horsemanship …..when Gibson had previously become a civilian advisor to the War Department, in charge of investigating claims of harassment against black soldiers…..so, being who Joe Louis was, well he used this personal connection to help the cause of various black soldiers with whom he came into contact. In one noted episode, Louis contacted Gibson in order to facilitate the Officer Candidate School (OCS) applications of a group of black recruits at Fort Riley…..which had been inexplicably delayed for several months.  Among the OCS applications Louis facilitated was that of young UCLA athlete and future legend Jackie Robinson…..who later to break the baseball color barrier.  The episode spawned a personal friendship between the two men.  Realizing Louis’s potential for raising esprit de corps among the troops, the Army placed him in its Special Services Division rather than sending him into combat.  Louis went on a celebrity tour with other notables, including fellow boxer Sugar Ray Robinson.  He traveled more than 35,000 km (22,000 mi) and staged 96 boxing exhibitions before two million soldiers…..which speaks “incredible service to your country…..talk about hero stature”  In England during 1944, he was reported to have signed as a player for Liverpool Football Club as a publicity stunt.  In addition to his travels, Louis was the focus of a media recruitment campaign encouraging African-American men to enlist in the Armed Services…..despite the military’s racial segregation. When he was asked about his decision to enter the racially segregated U.S. Army, he said: “Lots of things wrong with America, but Hitler ain’t going to fix them”.  This is what makes Joe Louis kindred spirit with me…..a member of The Greatest Generation.  In 1943, Louis made an appearance in the wartime Hollywood musical This Is the Army, directed by Michael Curtiz…..when he appeared as himself in a musical number, “The Well-Dressed Man in Harlem”…..which emphasized the importance of African-American soldiers and promoted their enlistment.  Louis’s celebrity power was not directed solely toward African Americans.  In a famous wartime recruitment slogan, he echoed his prior comments of 1942: “We’ll win, because we’re on God’s side”…..as the publicity of the campaign made Louis widely popular stateside, even outside the world of sports.  Never before had white Americans embraced a black man as their representative to the world…..for Joe Louis is the 1st because he really didn’t see color as a defining characteristic for humanity…..and even his humble beginnings to becoming the greatest of all time….but being treated by the “powers that be” like he was their slave…..and Joe Louis rose above all of that with dignity…..to prove the power of patriotic duty to God and country.  Although Louis never saw combat, his military service saw challenges of its own…..when during his travels, he often experienced blatant racism. On one occasion, a military policeman (MP) ordered Louis and Ray Robinson to move to a bench in the rear of an Alabama Army camp bus depot. “We ain’t moving”, said Louis…..when the MP tried to arrest them…..but Louis forcefully argued the pair out of the situation.  In another incident, Louis exerted his influence to persuade a commanding officer to drop charges against now Lt. Jackie Robinson…..who had resisted being told to move his seat on a southern bus…..and he retaliated against a Captain who had called Robinson a “nigger”.  Louis was eventually promoted to the rank of technical sergeant on April 9, 1945…..and on September 23rd of the same year, he was awarded the Legion of Merit (a military decoration rarely awarded to enlisted soldiers) for “incalculable contribution to the general morale”……and folks, that is the measure of the Greatest Generation to the man.  Receipt of the honor qualified him for immediate release from military service on October 1, 1945.

 

 

 

Boxing – Documentary – “Joe Louis – America’s Hero Betrayed” – 2011 – A ibhof2 Production Special – “An Excellent In Depth Look At Joe Louis…..The Man And The Boxer…..And How His Country Betrayed A True American Hero” 

 

 

Louis emerged from his wartime service significantly in debt.  In addition to his looming tax bill…..which had not been finally determined at the time….. but was estimated at greater than $100,000…..albeit Jacobs claimed that Louis owed him $250,000.  Despite the financial pressure on Louis to resume boxing, his long-awaited rematch against Billy Conn had to be postponed to the summer of 1946…..when weather conditions could accommodate a large outdoor audience…..so, on June 19, a disappointing 40,000 saw the rematch at Yankee Stadium, in which Louis was not seriously tested…..as Conn, whose skills had deteriorated during the long layoff, largely avoided contact until being dispatched by knockout in the 8th round.  Although the attendance did not meet expectations, the fight was still the most profitable of Louis’s career to date.  His share of the purse was $600,000, of which Louis’s managers got $140,000, his ex-wife $66,000 and the U.S. state of New York $30,000.

 

 

 

Boxing – Official Boxing Motion Picture – 15 Round Heavyweight World Heavyweight Title Fight – Billy Conn Vs. Champ Joe Louis (2nd Fight Full Fight) – Live from Yankee Stadium, The Bronx – 1946 – A Batman Boxing Production Special –“The Brown Bomber Retains His Title With His 22nd Title Defense By Beating Billy Conn With A 8th Round Knockout” – As Conn’s Performance During This Bout Would Earn Him the Associated Press’s Annual “Flop of the Year” Award.   

 

 

Boxing – Official Boxing Motion Picture – 15 Round Heavyweight World Heavyweight Title Fight – Tami Mauriello Vs. Champ Joe Louis (Full Fight) – Live from Yankee Stadium, The Bronx – 1946 – A TheGreatA  Production Special –“The Brown Bomber Retains His Title With His 23th Title Defense By Demolishing  Tami Mauriello With A 1st Round Knockout”                                                                                                    

 

 

After trouble finding another suitable opponent, on December 5, 1947, Louis met Jersey Joe Walcott, a 33-year-old veteran with a 44–11–2 record…..when Walcott entered the fight as a 10-to-1 underdog.  Nevertheless, Walcott knocked Louis down twice in the 1st four rounds…..as many observers in Madison Square Garden felt Walcott dominated the 15-round fight…..and when Louis was declared the winner in a split decision, the crowd booed.  Louis was under no illusion about the state of his boxing skills…..albeit he was too embarrassed to quit after the Walcott fight…..while being dead set on winning a rematch…..when on June 25, 1948, about 42,000 people came to Yankee Stadium to see the aging champion, who weighed 213½ pounds, the heaviest of his career to date…..when Walcott knocked Louis down in the 3rd round…..but Louis survived to knock out Walcott in the 11th.  Louis would not defend his title again before announcing his retirement from boxing on March 1, 1949.  In his bouts with Conn and Walcott, it had become apparent that Louis was no longer the fighter he had once been…..but as he had done earlier in his career, however, Louis would continue to appear in numerous exhibition matches worldwide.  In August 1949 Cab Calloway  rendered homage to the “king of the ring” with his song Ol’ Joe Louis.                          

 

 

Boxing – TV Special – The Way It Was With Curt Gowdy– Featuring Joe Louis + Jersey Joe Walcott – 2012 – A rsmorodinov Production Special –“Gowdy Revisits Jersey Joe Walcott Vs. Joe Louis Fights I & II With His Guests….Who All Participated At Both Fights”                                                                                                                                 

 

 

Boxing – Official Boxing Motion Picture – 15 Round Heavyweight World Heavyweight Title Fight – Jersey Joe Walcott Vs. Champ Joe Louis (1st Fight) – Live from Madison Square Garden, NYC – 1947 – A rsmorodinov  Production Special –“The Brown Bomber Retains His Title With His 24th Title Defense On A Controversial Split Decision”

 

 

Boxing – Official Boxing Motion Picture – 15 Round Heavyweight World Heavyweight Title Fight – Jersey Joe Walcott Vs. Champ Joe Louis ( 2nd Fight) – Live from Yankee Stadium, The Bronx – 1947 – A rsmorodinov  Production Special –“The Brown Bomber Retains His Title With His 25th Title Defense On A Dramatic Knockout In The 11th Round”

 

 

Music – Cab Calloway – From the Album The Hi-De-Ho Man – 1949 – A Silvertone1953 Production Special – Cab Calloway Sings “Ol’ Joe Louis”

 

 

At the time of Louis’s initial retirement, the IRS was still completing its investigation of his prior tax returns…..which had always been handled by Mike Jacobs’s personal accountant…..then in May 1950, the IRS finished a full audit of Louis’s past returns and announced that, with interest and penalties, he owed the government more than $500,000…..so, The Brown Bomber had no choice but to return to the ring.  After asking Gibson to take over his personal finances…..and switching his management from Jacobs and Roxborough to Marshall Miles…..then the Louis camp negotiated a deal with the IRS under which Louis would come out of retirement…..with all his net proceeds going to the IRS.  A match with Ezzard Charles, who had acquired the vacant heavyweight title in June 1949 by outpointing Walcott, was set for September 27, 1950.  By then, Louis was 36 years old and had been away from competitive boxing for two years…..when he weighed in at 218 pounds and was still strong…..but his reflexes were gone…..as Charles repeatedly beat him to the punch.  By the end of the fight, Louis was cut above both eyes, one of which was shut tight by swelling…..for he knew he had lost even before Charles was declared the winner…..and on top of that, only 22,357 spectators paid to witness the event at Yankee Stadium….while his share of the purse was a mere $100,458…..and Joe Louis had to continue fighting.                   

 

 

Boxing – Official Boxing Motion Picture – 15 Round Heavyweight Bout – Lee Savold Vs. Joe Louis ( Full Fight) – Live from Yankee Stadium – 1951 – A TheGreatA  Production Special –“The Brown Bomber Defeats Lee Savold                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

 

Boxing – World Heavyweight Title Fight Between Ezzard Charles Vs Joe Louis Post Fight Interview – 1950 – A Legends of Boxing In Color Production Special – “A Past His Prime Joe Louis Gave Ezzard Charles All He Could Handle Evidenced By The Condition Of His Face In The Interview Showed He Earned That Win” 

 

                                  

After facing several club-level opponents and scoring a knockout victory over EBU heavyweight champion Lee Savold, the International Boxing Club guaranteed Louis $300,000 to face undefeated heavyweight contender Rocky Marciano on October 26, 1951…..when despite his being a 6-to-5 favorite, few boxing insiders believed Louis had a chance…..while Marciano himself was reluctant to participate in the bout…..but was understanding of Louis’s position: “This is the last guy on earth I want to fight”.  It was feared, particularly among those who had witnessed Marciano’s punching power 1st-hand, that Louis’s unwillingness to quit would result in serious injury. Fighting back tears, Ferdie Pacheco said in the SportsCentury documentary about Louis’s bout with Marciano, “He [Louis] wasn’t just going to lose. He was going to take a vicious, savage beating. Before the eyes of the nation, Joe Louis, an American hero if ever there was one, was going to get beaten up”.  Louis was dropped in the 8th round by a Marciano left and knocked through the ropes and out of the ring less than thirty seconds later.  In the dressing room after the fight, Louis’s Army touring companion, Sugar Ray Robinson, wept. Marciano also attempted to console Louis, saying, “I’m sorry, Joe”.  “What’s the use of crying?” Louis said. “The better man won. I guess everything happens for the best”…..what a noble warrior, just like the man that went to war and serve his country to the best of his abilities…..but did his country serve him……HELL NO!!…..they drove him to his knees with taxes. After facing Marciano, with the prospect of another significant payday all but gone, Louis retired for good from professional boxing. He would, as before, continue to tour on the exhibition circuit, with his last contest taking place on December 16, 1951, in Taipei, Taiwan, against Corporal Buford J. deCordova.  Despite Louis’s lucrative purses over the years, most of the proceeds went to his handlers. Of the over $4.6 million earned during his boxing career, Louis himself received only about $800,000.  Louis was nevertheless extremely generous to his family, paying for homes, cars and education for his parents and siblings, often with money fronted by Jacobs.  He invested in a number of businesses, all of which eventually failed, including the Joe Louis Restaurant, the Joe Louis Insurance Company, a softball team called the Brown Bombers, the Joe Louis Milk Company, Joe Louis pomade (hair product), Joe Louis Punch (a drink), the Louis-Rower P.R. firm, a horse farm and the Rhumboogie Café in Chicago.  He gave liberally to the government as well, paying back the city of Detroit for any welfare money his family had received.  A combination of this largesse and government intervention eventually put Louis in severe financial straits…..as his entrusting of his finances to former manager Mike Jacobs haunted him….. when after the $500,000 IRS tax bill was assessed….. with interest accumulating every year, the need for cash precipitated Louis’s post-retirement comeback…..and even though his comeback earned him significant purses, the incremental tax rate in place at the time (90%) meant that these boxing proceeds did not even keep pace with interest on Louis’s tax debt.  As a result, by the end of the 1950’s, he owed over $1 million in taxes and interest…..which is absolutely disgraceful (and that disgrace is publicly displayed with no remorse in 2024 by the powers that be) and just to put a cherry on top of this “governmental sundae“…..in 1953, when Louis’s mother died, the IRS appropriated the $667 she had willed to Louis…..so,sad.  To bring in money, Louis engaged in numerous activities outside the ring…..as he appeared on various quiz shows…..plus an old Army friend, Ash Resnick, gave Louis a job greeting tourists to the Caesars Palace hotel in Las Vegas…..where Resnick was an executive…..heck, he even became a professional wrestler in an effort to improve his financial situation…..Joe Louis got involved with professional wrestling in 1954…..with his first recorded match being on August 6, 1954, in a victory over Bobby Nelson.  In 1956, Louis went on a short-lived wrestling tour arranged by promoter Ray Fabiani.  This was cut short after a match against Cowboy Rocky Lee on May 31, 1956, when Louis’ ribs were cracked…..and he subsequently lost his wrestling license.  Louis returned to the wrestling ring on March 15, 1959…..where he lost to Buddy Rogers in Columbus, Ohio.  This led to a hiatus until the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, when he engaged in several wrestling matches…..as his last match was in 1973…..but he continued as a referee.         

 

 

 

Boxing – Official Boxing Motion Picture – 15 Round Heavyweight Bout – Lee Savold Vs. Joe Louis ( Full Fight) – Live from Yankee Stadium, The Bronx – 1951 – A TheGreatA  Production Special –“The Brown Bomber Defeats Lee Savold With A 6th Round Knockout”                                                                                                                 

 

 

Boxing – Official Boxing Motion Picture – 10 Round Heavyweight Bout – Argentine Champ Cesar Brion Vs. Former Champ Joe Louis ( Full Fight) – Live from Cow Palace, Daly City, CA – 1950 – A TheGreatA Production Special –“The Brown Bomber Wins His 66th Victory With A Unanimous Decision Over Cesar Brion”

 

 


Boxing – Official Boxing Motion Picture – 10 Round Heavyweight Bout – Rocky Marciano Vs. Former Champ Joe Louis ( Full Fight) – Live from Madison Square Garden, NYC – 1951 – A Legends of Boxing in Color  Production Special –“The Brown Bomber Loses His 3rd and Final Loss Of His 69 Fight Career To Rocky Marciano At Age 37 Years 166 Days Old”

 

 

 

Boxing – Special – “Rocky Marciano & Joe Louis In Their Own Words” – 2023 – A Rocky Marciano Archives Production Special – “Joe Louis Reflects Back on Marciano, Whilst Rocky Looks Back On the Moment One Career Ended and The Other Took Flight” 

                                                                                                                       

 

Louis remained a popular celebrity in his twilight years. His friends included former rival Max Schmeling…..who provided Louis with financial assistance during his retirement…..along with mobster Frank Lucas, who rightfully so was disgusted with the government’s treatment of Louis…..so he paid off a $50,000 tax lien held against him.  These payments, along with an eventual agreement in the early 1960’s by the IRS to limit its collections to an amount based on Louis’s current income…..which allowed Louis to live comfortably toward the end of his life.  After the Louis-Schmeling fight, Jack Dempsey  expressed the opinion that he was glad he never had to face Joe Louis in the ring.  When Louis fell on hard financial times, Dempsey served as honorary chairman of a fund to assist Louis.

 

 

 

Boxing – Special – Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis Training Session – 1937 – A rsmorodinov Production Special – “Joe Louis’s Shadowboxing At The End Is Priceless”

 

 

One of Louis’ other passions was the game of golf…..in which like boxing, he also played a historic role.  He was a long-time devotee of the sport since being introduced to the game before the 1st Schmeling fight in 1936.  In 1952, Louis was invited to play as an amateur in the San Diego Open on a sponsor’s exemption…..which was announced at the time as the 1st instance of an African-American to play in a PGA Tour event…..when in fact, professional Howard Wheeler was one of seven African-Americans to compete in the Tam O’Shanter Open in Niles, Illinois in 1942…..and Wheeler appeared in subsequent PGA-sanctioned events in Philadelphia in the 1940’s, qualifying for the 1950 and 1951 U.S. Open.  Initially, the PGA of America was reluctant to allow Louis to enter the event, having a bylaw at the time limiting PGA membership to white Americans…..but Louis’s celebrity status eventually pushed the PGA toward removing the bylaw…..albeit the “Caucasian only” clause in the PGA of America’s constitution was not formally amended until November 1961.  The change, however, paved the way for the 1st generation of African-American professional golfers such as Calvin Peete.  Two weeks after the 1952 San Diego Open, Louis was invited to play in the 1952 Tucson Open…..where he shot a 69 in the opening round and a 72 in the 2nd round…..as his 2-round total of 141 enabled him to make the cut…..which made Joe Louis the only champion athlete from another sport ever to make the cut in a PGA event.  In fact, Louis himself financially supported the careers of several other early black professional golfers, such as Bill Spiller, Ted Rhodes, Howard Wheeler, James Black, Clyde Martin and Charlie Sifford.  He was also instrumental in founding The First Tee, a charity helping underprivileged children become acquainted with the game of golf.  His son, Joe Louis Barrow Jr., served as CEO of the organization until 2017.  In 2009, the PGA of America granted posthumous membership to Ted Rhodes, John Shippen and Bill Spiller…..who were denied the opportunity to become PGA members during their professional careers…..and the PGA also has granted posthumous honorary membership to Joe Louis.

 

 

 

Golf & Boxing – Documentary Special – “How Joe Louis Changed The Game Of Golf Forever” – 2022 – A PGA Tour Production Special – “Special Guest Jacques Slade Takes Us Through How Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Joe Louis Was a Pioneer To Help Get Rid of the Caucasian-Only Clause In Professional Golf…..Which Helped Opened Doors For Black Golfers From There Forward To Thrive As Professionals

 

 

Louis had two children by wife Marva Trotter with daughter Jacqueline in 1943 and son Joseph Louis Barrow Jr. in 1947.  They divorced in March 1945 only to remarry a year later…..but were again divorced in February 1949…..as  Marva moved on to an acting and modeling career…..then on Christmas Day 1955, Louis married Rose Morgan, a successful Harlem businesswoman…..but their marriage was annulled in 1958…..when Louis’s final marriage to Martha Jefferson, a lawyer from Los Angeles, on St. Patrick’s Day 1959…..which lasted until his death…..while they had four children with another son named Joseph Louis Barrow Jr, John Louis Barrow, Joyce Louis Barrow, and Janet Louis Barrow. The younger Joe Louis Barrow Jr. lives in New York City and is involved in boxing.  Though married four times, Louis discreetly enjoyed the company of other women like Lena Horne and Edna Mae Harris.

 

 

 

Boxing – 15 Round Heavyweight Bout (Full Film) – Al Ettore Vs Joe Louis – Live at Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, PA – 1936 – A rsmorodinov Production Special – “The Brown Bomber KO’s Ettore In The 5th Round While Winning His 27th Victory With 24 KO’s Of His Career”

 

 

Joe and Marva Louis endorsed and campaigned for liberal, anti-segregation Republican candidate Wendell Willkie in the 1940 United States presidential election.  Louis said:  This country has been good to me.  It game me everthing I have.  I have never come out for any candidate before but I think Wendell L. Willkie will give us a square deal.  So, I am for Willkie because I think he will help my people, and I figure my people should be for him, too.”

 

 

 

Boxing – Mini Documentary – “The Subtle Skills of Joe Louis” – 2008 – A Montrose Production Special – Many Boxing Commentators Realize That Joe Louis Was A Great Puncher, But Often Do Not Understand What A Great Boxer He Was…..as This Video Breaks Down Louis As A Fighter…..Demonstrating His Style and Ring Techniques. 

 

 

Drugs took a toll on Louis in his later years…..when in 1969, he was hospitalized after collapsing on a New York City street…..while the incident was at 1st credited to “physical breakdown”, underlying problems would soon surface.  In 1970, he spent five months at the Colorado Psychiatric Hospital and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Denver…..while being hospitalized by his wife, Martha, and his son, Joe Louis Barrow Jr., for paranoia.  In a 1971 book, Brown Bomber, by Barney Nagler, Louis disclosed the truth about these incidents…..while stating that his collapse in 1969 had been caused by cocaine…..and that his subsequent hospitalization had been prompted by his fear of a plot to destroy him.  Strokes and heart ailments caused Louis’s condition to deteriorate further later in the decade.  He had surgery to correct an aortic aneurysm in 1977…..and thereafter used a POV/scooter for a mobility aid.  Joe Louis died of cardiac arrest in Desert Springs Hospital near Las Vegas on April 12, 1981…..which was just hours after his last public appearance viewing the Larry Holmes Vs. Trevor Berbick heavyweight championship fight.  President Ronald Reagan waived the eligibility rules for burial at Arlington National Cemetery…..and Joe Louis was buried there with full military honors on April 21, 1981.  His funeral was paid for in part by former competitor and friend, Max Schmeling…..who also acted as a pallbearer.

 

 

 

Boxing – TV Special – “Jack Dempsey and Joe Louis Show How They Would Have Fought Each Other” – 1951 – A Rondo Combat Gems Production Special – “Two Of The Greatest Heavyweights of All Time Demonstrate How They’d Defeat Each Other”

 

 

Throughout the career of Joe Louis, he appeared in six full-length films and two short films…..with his 1st full-length film bein a starring role in the 1938 race film Spirit of Youth, in which he played a boxer with many similarities to himself…..then in 1943, he was featured in the full-length movie This is the Army, which starred Ronald Reagan, with appearances by Kate Smith singing “God Bless America” with Irving Berlin and was directed by Michael Curtiz…..which was followed in 1946 as he played himself in Joe Palooka, Champ, a movie based on the comic strip Joe Palooka created by Ham Fisher…..the Louis once again played himself in the short film Johnny At The Fair in 1947, which takes place at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) where a boy becomes separated from his parents and meets a host of celebrities including former Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon MacKenzie King and champion figure skater Barbara Ann Scott…..while this film was followed in 1948 when Louis stars as himself in Joseph Lerner’s The Fight Never Ends…..then in 1955 Louis is once again cast as himself in a small role in The Square Jungle written by George Zuckerman and starring Tony Curtis…..while Louis’s last feature-length movie role took place in the 1970 comedy The Phynx in which a rock band goes on tour in Albania in order to save Americans being held hostage.  In 1953, Robert Gordon directed a movie about Louis’s life, The Joe Louis Story. Filmed in Hollywood, it starred Golden Gloves fighter and Louis lookalike Coley Wallace in the title role.  The film suffered from low budget and production values, sluggishly intercutting clips from Louis’s actual bouts with indifferent audio sync.  He was a guest on the television show You Bet Your Life in 1955.  In 1977, Louis made a small cameo appearance on the TV series “Quincey M.E.”

 

 

 

Movie & Boxing – Full Length Film – “Spirit of Youth” – Starring Joe Louis + Mantan Moreland + Clarence Muse – 1938 – A Reelblack One Production Special – “Boxing Film Directed by Harry L. Fraser and Starring Then-Heavyweight World Champion Joe Louis In a Story With Similarities to His Own Real Life”

 

 

Louis is widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time…..who  reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949…..during which time he participated in 26 championship fights…..while defeating 21 different fighters….when making 25 title defenses…..and was a world champion for 11 years and 10 months…..with the latter two of these still being records in the heavyweight division…..and the 25 title defenses still a record in any division…..plus Louis has won the most world heavyweight title fights in history, at 26.  In addition to his accomplishments inside the ring, Louis uttered two of boxing’s most famous observations: “He can run, but he can’t hide” and “Everyone has a plan until they’ve been hit”.  Louis was named fighter of the year four times by The Ring magazine in 1936, 1938, 1939, and 1941…..while his fights with Max Baer, Max Schmeling, Tommy Farr, Bob Pastor and Billy Conn were named fight of the year by that same magazine.  Louis won the Sugar Ray Robinson Award in 1941.  In 2005, Louis was ranked as the best heavyweight of all time by the International Boxing Research Organization…..and was ranked # 1 on The Ring magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Punchers Of All Time” In a 1978 poll conducted by HBO, the Boxing Writers of America voted Louis the greatest heavyweight of all time.  Hank Kaplan, Bert Sugar, Teddy Atlas, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, and Sugar Ray Robinson named Louis as the G.O.A.T.

 

 

 

Boxing – Interview Special – “Joe Louis Pokes Fun At Muhammad Ali” – 1966 – A Nobody Touches Jordan Production Special – “A Classic Moment Between Two of the Greatest Heavyweights of All-Time. For Those Who Don’t Know, Joe Louis Fought On A ‘Bum of the Month’ Tour During His Days As Champion, When He Defended His Belt 13 times In A Year and a Half, Winning Most By KO”

 

 

Louis is also remembered in sports outside of boxing. A former indoor sports venue was named after him in Detroit, the Joe Louis Arena…..where the Detroit Red Wings played their NHL games from 1979 to 2017.  In 1936, Vince Leah, then a writer for The Winnipeg Tribune used Joe Louis’s nickname to refer to the Winnipeg Football Club after a game…..and from that point, the team became known popularly as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.  His recognition also transcends the sporting world. In 2002, scholar Molefi Kete Asante listed Joe Louis on his list of 100 Greatest African Americans.  On August 26, 1982, Louis was posthumously approved for the Congressional Gold Medal…..which the highest award given to civilians by the U.S. legislative branch…..when Congress stated that he “did so much to bolster the spirit of the American people during one of the most crucial times in American history and which have endured throughout the years as a symbol of strength for the nation”…..which you would think would be worthy of waving some late taxes and fees…..but not in America.  Following Louis’s death, President Ronald Reagan said, “Joe Louis was more than a sports legend—his career was an indictment of racial bigotry and a source of pride and inspiration to millions of white and black people around the world”.   A memorial to Louis was dedicated in Detroit (at Jefferson Avenue and Woodward) on October 16, 1986…..as the sculpture, commissioned by Time, Inc. and executed by Robert Graham…..which is a 24-foot-long (7.3 m) arm with a fisted hand suspended by a 24-foot-high (7.3 m) pyramidal framework…..which represents the power of his punch both inside and outside the ring.  In an interview with Arsenio Hall in the late 1980’s, former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stated that his two biggest influences in boxing were Sugar Ray Robinson and Joe Louis.  After Joe Louis died, Ali stated, “Whatever I said before, I don’t mean it, ’cause Joe Louis was the greatest.”  Ali then told the Washington Post:  “Look at Joe’s life.  Everybody loved Joe.  He would have been marked as evil if he was evil, but everybody loved Joe.  From black folks to red-neck Mississippi crackers, they loved him.  They’re all crying.  That shows you.  Howard Hughes Hughes dies with all his billions, not a tear.  Joe Louis, everybody cried.”  On February 27, 2010, an 8-foot (2.4 m) bronze statue of Louis was unveiled in his Alabama hometown. The statue, by sculptor Casey Downing Jr., sits on a base of red granite outside the Chambers County Courthouse.  In 1993, he became the 1st boxer to be honored on a postage stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service.  Various other facilities have been named after Joe Louis. In 1984, the four streets surrounding Madison Square Garden were named Joe Louis Plaza in his honor.  The former Pipe O’ Peace Golf Course in Riverdale, Illinois (a Chicago suburb), was in 1986 renamed “Joe Louis The Champ Golf Course”.  American Legion Post 375 in Detroit is also named after Joe Louis.  Completed in 1979 at a cost of $4 million, Joe Louis Arena, nicknamed The Joe, was a hockey arena located in downtown Detroit…..and the home of the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League from 1979 until 2017…..as the planned demolition of the Arena prompted the City of Detroit in 2017 to rename the Inner Circle Greenway as the Joe Louis Greenway…..as the 39-mile (63 km) biking and walking trail passes through the cities of Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park, and Dearborn.  In one of the most widely quoted tributes to Louis, New York Post sportswriter Jimmy Cannon, when responding to another person’s characterization of Louis as “a credit to his race”, stated, “Yes, Joe Louis is a credit to his race—the human race”.  

 

 

 

Music & Boxing – A Musical & Photo Tribute To Joe Louis – “I’ll Find A Way” – 2013 – A Nouri Productions Special – As Zack Hemsey From His Empty Room Album Performs “I’ll Find A Way” To A Touching Photo Gallery of Joe Louis The Brown Bomber

 

 

In his heyday, Louis was the subject of many musical tributes, including a number of blues songs…..while Kurt Vonnegut’s short story “D.P.” (originally published in Ladies Home Journal in August 1953) is about a black orphan boy living in post-World War II Germany who is nicknamed “Joe Louis” (after the boxer) by US soldiers stationed in the American Zone of Occupation. “D.P.” was included in Vonnegut’s short story collection Welcome to the Monkey House in 1968…..and filmed as “Displaced Person” for television’s American Playhouse in 1985…..and additionally, Louis was portrayed by actor Bari K. Willerford in the film American Gangster…..then in 2009, the Brooklyn band Yeasayer debuted the single “Ambling Alp” from their forthcoming album Odd Blood, which imagines what advice Joe Louis’s father might have given him prior to becoming a prizefighter. The song makes reference to Louis’s boxing career and his famous rivalry with Schmeling in the 1st person, with the lyrics such as “Oh, Max Schmeling was a formidable foe / The Ambling Alp was too, at least that’s what I’m told / But if you learn one thing, you’ve learned it well / In June, you must give fascists hell”An opera based on his life, Shadowboxer, premiered on April 17, 2010.  The aforementioned sculpture of Louis’s fist (see Legacy above) was one of several Detroit landmarks depicted in ‘Imported from Detroit’, a two-minute commercial for the Chrysler 200 featuring Eminem that aired during Super Bowl XLV in 2011.  Louis was the inspiration behind Jesse Jagz’s eponymous song from the album Jagz Nation, Vol. 2: Royal Niger Company (2014).  The first track from John Squire’s 2002 debut LP Time Changes Everything is titled “Joe Louis”…..and the lyrics include references to his boxing and army career.  Louis’ life is retold in the 1948 old-time radio drama “Little David”, a presentation from Destination Freedom.

 

 

 

Boxing – Tribute – “A Beautiful Tribute To Joe Louis ‘The Brown Bomber'” – 2011 – A MundoDoBoxe Production Special – An Incredible Photo Gallery Of The Brown Bomber’s Career”

 

Professional boxing record

69 fights

66 wins

3 losses

By knockout

52

2

By decision

13

1

By disqualification

1

0

 

No.

Result

Record

Opponent

Type

Round, time

Date

Age

Location

Notes

69

Loss

66–3

Rocky Marciano

TKO

8 (10)

Oct 26, 1951

37 years, 166 days

Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.

68

Win

66–2

Jimmy Bivins

UD

10

Aug 15, 1951

37 years, 94 days

Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

67

Win

65–2

Cesar Brion

UD

10

Aug 1, 1951

37 years, 80 days

Cow Palace, Daly City, California, U.S.

66

Win

64–2

Lee Savold

KO

6 (15), 2:29

Jun 15, 1951

37 years, 33 days

Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.

65

Win

63–2

Omelio Agramonte

UD

10

May 2, 1951

36 years, 354 days

Olympia, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

64

Win

62–2

Andy Walker

TKO

10 (10), 1:49

Feb 23, 1951

36 years, 286 days

Cow Palace, Daly City, California, U.S.

63

Win

61–2

Omelio Agramonte

UD

10

Feb 7, 1951

36 years, 270 days

Miami Stadium, Miami, Florida, U.S.

62

Win

60–2

Freddie Beshore

TKO

4 (10), 2:48

Jan 3, 1951

36 years, 235 days

Olympia, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

61

Win

59–2

Cesar Brion

UD

10

Nov 29, 1950

36 years, 200 days

Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

60

Loss

58–2

Ezzard Charles

UD

15

Sep 27, 1950

36 years, 137 days

Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York, U.S.

For NBA, vacant NYSAC, and The Ring heavyweight titles

59

Win

58–1

Jersey Joe Walcott

KO

11 (15)

Jun 25, 1948

34 years, 43 days

Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York, U.S.

Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles

58

Win

57–1

Jersey Joe Walcott

SD

15

Dec 5, 1947

33 years, 206 days

Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.

Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles

57

Win

56–1

Tami Mauriello

KO

1 (15), 2:09

Sep 18, 1946

32 years, 128 days

Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York, U.S.

Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles

56

Win

55–1

Billy Conn

KO

8 (15), 2:19

Jun 19, 1946

32 years, 37 days

Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York, U.S.

Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles

55

Win

54–1

Johnny Davis

TKO

1 (4), 0:53

Nov 14, 1944

30 years, 185 days

Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, U.S.

Retained NYSAC and The Ring heavyweight titles

54

Win

53–1

Abe Simon

TKO

6 (15), 0:16

Mar 27, 1942

27 years, 318 days

Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.

Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles

53

Win

52–1

Buddy Baer

KO

1 (15), 2:56

Jan 9, 1942

27 years, 241 days

Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.

Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles

52

Win

51–1

Lou Nova

TKO

6 (15), 2:59

Sep 29, 1941

27 years, 139 days

Polo Grounds, New York City, New York, U.S.

Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles

51

Win

50–1

Billy Conn

KO

13 (15), 2:58

Jun 18, 1941

27 years, 36 days

Polo Grounds, New York City, New York, U.S.

Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles

50

Win

49–1

Buddy Baer

DQ

7 (15), 3:00

May 23, 1941

27 years, 10 days

Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C., U.S.

Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles;

Baer disqualified after his manager refused to leave the ring

49

Win

48–1

Tony Musto

TKO

9 (15), 1:36

Apr 8, 1941

26 years, 330 days

St. Louis Arena, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles

48

Win

47–1

Abe Simon

TKO

13 (20), 1:20

Mar 21, 1941

26 years, 312 days

Olympia, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles

47

Win

46–1

Gus Dorazio

KO

2 (15), 1:30

Feb 17, 1941

26 years, 280 days

Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles

46

Win

45–1

Red Burman

KO

5 (15), 2:49

Jan 31, 1941

26 years, 263 days

Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.

Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles

45

Win

44–1

Al McCoy

RTD

5 (15), 3:00

Dec 16, 1940

26 years, 217 days

Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles

44

Win

43–1

Arturo Godoy

TKO

8 (15), 1:24

Jun 20, 1940

26 years, 38 days

Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York, U.S.

Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles

43

Win

42–1

Johnny Paychek

TKO

2 (15), 0:41

Mar 29, 1940

25 years, 321 days

Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.

Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles

42

Win

41–1

Arturo Godoy

SD

15

Feb 9, 1940

25 years, 272 days

Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.

Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles

41

Win

40–1

Bob Pastor

KO

11 (20), 0:38

Sep 20, 1939

25 years, 130 days

Briggs Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles

40

Win

39–1

Tony Galento

TKO

4 (15), 2:29

Jun 28, 1939

25 years, 46 days

Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York, U.S.

Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles

39

Win

38–1

Jack Roper

KO

1 (10), 2:20

Apr 17, 1939

24 years, 339 days

Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles

38

Win

37–1

John Henry Lewis

KO

1 (15), 2:29

Jan 25, 1939

24 years, 257 days

Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.

Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles

37

Win

36–1

Max Schmeling

TKO

1 (15), 2:04

Jun 22, 1938

24 years, 40 days

Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York, U.S.

Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles

36

Win

35–1

Harry Thomas

KO

5 (15), 2:50

Apr 4, 1938

23 years, 326 days

Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Retained NBA and The Ring heavyweight titles[162][163]

35

Win

34–1

Nathan Mann

KO

3 (15), 1:36

Feb 23, 1938

23 years, 314 days

Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.

Retained NYSAC, NBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles

34

Win

33–1

Tommy Farr

UD

15

Aug 30, 1937

23 years, 109 days

Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York, U.S.

Retained NYSAC and The Ring heavyweight titles

33

Win

32–1

James J. Braddock

KO

8 (15)

Jun 22, 1937

23 years, 40 days

Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Won NYSACNBA, and The Ring heavyweight titles

32

Win

31–1

Natie Brown

KO

4 (10), 0:52

Feb 17, 1937

22 years, 280 days

Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.

31

Win

30–1

Bob Pastor

UD

10

Jan 29, 1937

22 years, 261 days

Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.

30

Win

29–1

Steve Ketchel

KO

2 (4), 0:31

Jan 11, 1937

22 years, 243 days

Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, U.S.

29

Win

28–1

Eddie Simms

TKO

1 (10), 0:26

Dec 14, 1936

22 years, 215 days

Public Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.

28

Win

27–1

Jorge Brescia

KO

3 (10), 2:12

Oct 9, 1936

22 years, 149 days

Hippodrome Theatre, New York City, New York, U.S.

27

Win

26–1

Al Ettore

KO

5 (15), 1:28

Sep 22, 1936

22 years, 132 days

Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

26

Win

25–1

Jack Sharkey

KO

3 (10), 1:02

Aug 18, 1936

22 years, 97 days

Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York, U.S.

25

Loss

24–1

Max Schmeling

KO

12 (15), 2:29

Jun 19, 1936

22 years, 37 days

Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York, U.S.

24

Win

24–0

Charley Retzlaff

KO

1 (15), 1:25

Jan 17, 1936

21 years, 249 days

Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

23

Win

23–0

Paulino Uzcudun

TKO

4 (15), 2:32

Dec 13, 1935

21 years, 214 days

Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.

22

Win

22–0

Max Baer

KO

4 (15), 3:09

Sep 24, 1935

21 years, 134 days

Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York, U.S.

21

Win

21–0

King Levinsky

TKO

1 (10), 2:21

Aug 7, 1935

21 years, 86 days

Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

20

Win

20–0

Primo Carnera

TKO

6 (15), 2:32

Jun 25, 1935

21 years, 43 days

Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York, U.S.

19

Win

19–0

Biff Bennett

KO

1 (6), 1:15

Apr 22, 1935

20 years, 344 days

Memorial Hall, Dayton, Ohio, U.S.

18

Win

18–0

Roy Lazer

KO

3 (10), 2:28

Apr 12, 1935

20 years, 334 days

Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

17

Win

17–0

Natie Brown

UD

10

Mar 29, 1935

20 years, 320 days

Olympia, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

16

Win

16–0

Don “Red” Barry

TKO

3 (10), 1:30

Mar 8, 1935

20 years, 299 days

New Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S.

15

Win

15–0

Lee Ramage

TKO

2 (10), 2:11

Feb 21, 1935

20 years, 284 days

Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, U.S.

14

Win

14–0

Hans Birkie

TKO

10 (10), 1:47

Jan 11, 1935

20 years, 243 days

Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

13

Win

13–0

Patsy Perroni

PTS

10

Jan 4, 1935

20 years, 236 days

Olympia, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

12

Win

12–0

Lee Ramage

TKO

8 (10), 2:51

Dec 14, 1934

20 years, 215 days

Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

11

Win

11–0

Charley Massera

KO

3 (10), 2:41

Nov 30, 1934

20 years, 201 days

Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

10

Win

10–0

Stanley Poreda

KO

1 (10), 2:40

Nov 14, 1934

20 years, 185 days

Arcadia Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

9

Win

9–0

Jack O’Dowd

KO

2 (10)

Oct 31, 1934

20 years, 171 days

Arcadia Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

8

Win

8–0

Art Sykes

KO

8 (10)

Oct 24, 1934

20 years, 164 days

Arcadia Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

7

Win

7–0

Adolph Wiater

PTS

10

Sep 26, 1934

20 years, 136 days

Arcadia Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

6

Win

6–0

Al Delaney

TKO

4 (10)

Sep 11, 1934

20 years, 121 days

Naval Armory, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

5

Win

5–0

Buck Everett

KO

2 (8)

Aug 27, 1934

20 years, 106 days

Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

4

Win

4–0

Jack Kranz

UD

8

Aug 13, 1934

20 years, 92 days

Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

3

Win

3–0

Larry Udell

TKO

2 (8)

Jul 30, 1934

20 years, 78 days

Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

2

Win

2–0

Willie Davies

TKO

3 (6)

Jul 12, 1934

20 years, 60 days

Bacon’s Arena, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

1

Win

1–0

Jack Kracken

KO

1 (6)

Jul 4, 1934

20 years, 55 days

Bacon’s Arena, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

 

 

 

 

 

Music – From the Album “Golden Gate Quartet & Associates” – The Dixieaires Sing “Joe Louis Was A Fighting Man” – With Words As Follows:

Now let us talk about the Brown Bomber
Tell the nation the story
Let us talk about the Brown Bomber
Joe Louis was a fighting man.

Well now stop, let me tell you this story
And I hope you’ll understand
I wanna talk about a mighty great fighting man
He fought with the master’s hand
He was born way down in the lowlands
In the state of ALA
He’s a bomber, boys
So I was told
He had (inaudible) in his heart

Until one day, he’s thinking hard,
Thinking about the things involved
He packed his bags, kissed his mother in the door
And headed for ol’ Detroit
And there, he started to work and train
He never did have any fun
Until one day, to his surprise
Up walked Mr. Blackburn
Then Joe Louis started his career
His future was at stake
He fought from the bottom Through the Golden Glove
And on to the heavyweight.

Now let us talk about the Brown Bomber
Tell the nation the story
Let us talk about the Brown Bomber
Joe Louis was a fighting man.

Well there’s Carnera smelling an old bear
(Just like the Battle of Jericho)
John Henry, Jack Dempsey was there
(Way down in Jericho)
He fought Max Schmeling the second time
(Just like the Battle of Jericho)
Knocked him down, took the crown
(Way down in Jericho)
Now, a million people, they all were glad
(Just like the Battle of Jericho)
“Greatest Champ we ever had”
(Way down in Jericho)

Now let us talk about the Brown Bomber
Tell the nation the story
Let us talk about the Brown Bomber
Joe Louis was a fighting man.

Now, just read the story of his life
(Just like the Battle of Jericho)
His dear loving mother was delighted
(Way down in Jericho)
She told him to pray, treat your neighbor right
(Just like the Battle of Jericho)
Very hard worker, went to bed at night
(Way down in Jericho)
Now all you great fighters, you listen to me
(Just like the battle of Jericho)

You’ll never win a battle until you get on your knees.
(Way down in Jericho)
Old Peter, Moses and James and John
(Just like the battle of Jericho)
Joshua fit the battle, and the battle was won
(Way down in Jericho)

Now let us talk about the Brown Bomber
Tell the nation the story
Let us talk about the Brown Bomber
Joe Louis was a fighting man.

 

I come to the conclusion of this post providing a wonderful insight to the life of and legend of The Brown Bomber Joe Louis with a surprise switch of my own personal G.O.A.T in the sport of boxing…..and I absolutely love the art of pugilism…..while for the better part of my 77 years…..or more specific, when “I SHOCKED THE WORLD” happened in 1964…..as a youngster named  Clay took down the presumed unbeatable Big Bad Bear Sonny Liston…..and morphed into the amazing Muhammad Ali…..all in the same time frame….. and I have held Ali in the position of G.O.A.T ever since then.  However, while watching all of the incredible fight footage that The Brown Bomber provided over the course of his career….as depicted in this post herewith…..and I didn’t ever think that I’d be saying this…..but Joe Louis at the least, is equal to Ali in all ways (better in some)…..including his dominance as a boxer in the art of pugilism…..his toughness as a fighter with a heart of a lion…..his speed and power of his hands and punches…..his left jab…..and his ability to take a punch.  I have always believed that what set Ali apart was his intelligence in the ring…..as he could overcome many fights with his phycological prowess and his natural intelligence…..albeit, I’m of the opinion that Louis was maybe more so in the ring…..while he’d play of his opponents psyche with his constant lack of expression other than the one that said…..“My job is to impart pain on you?”  Its really just mind boggling how great he was, the most perfectly balanced heavyweight fighter of all time. Never more or less that what was needed, he was very resourceful!…..25 straight title defenses – the most of any heavyweight fighter to date….. 11 years holding the title, fought for equality (in the Army), first black athlete to be accepted by white-america, gave his heart and soul to everything he believed in (Boxing, Military, Golf).  Let’s not hold the sadness that plagued his life but celebrate his heroism in and out side the ring.  Joe louis, “a credit to his race…..the human race”…..what a perfect comment for this man.  Regardless, my opinion of who is boxing’s G.O.A.T. has a new co-winner now…..cuz Joe Louis Barrow has taken his rightful position which includes the reality that he was a very special human being…..who could endure almost everything, even the total lack of respect that he deserved for his service to his sport, his God, his race, his country, his family and his fans….. as he is known for his great moments of sportsmanship…..like when Louis let Conn regain his balance after being floored a left hook.  What a great and noble champion he was, but Joe was an even greater man.  Fought to 60. They don’t come like this anymore. Dam!….and throughout his entire career, no opponent ever wanted to make the fatal mistake of going toe to toe with the greatest finisher the sport has ever known.  They say that Joe hit you like electric shock.  Wow, what a champion, a great unselfish man who lived sadly under a constant veil of his own country…..and it’s sad the way America bullied him, while treating him with no respect and continuously taking advantage of him…..but still he never gave…..as he stayed strong as always. A very big respect to Joe louis…..and the incredible legacy he left behind…..as he opened gates for black people…..and many boxers got an opportunity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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