BRONX BOMBER, JOE LOUIS (1942)

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The year is 1942. Joe Louis – the Bronx Bomber was without question, the greatest boxer of the 20th century. Great in the ring. Great outside the ring. He was the reigning heavy-weight champ from 1937 to 1949. His greatest victory came on June 22, 1938 in a rematch with German boxer, Max Schmeling at New York’s Yankee Stadium.

Adolph Hitler was once again using sports to prove the superiority of the German Aryans – apparently not learning his lesson after black American track & field star, Jesse Owens won 4 gold medals in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Anti-Nazi fervor was running high, and all America was looking to Joe to settle the score. The bout was more about Democracy vs. The Third Reich than about Louis and Schmeling.

It took the Bronx Bomber all of 124 seconds to win a first round TKO. Joe Louis became an instant national hero, loved by all Americans, regardless of nationality. When World War II broke out, Joe enlisted in the Army – putting on boxing exhibitions to help build the morale of the troops. Here then, is Joe Louis, in uniform back in 1942. A true American hero who looks even better in full-color.

1942 - Bronx Bomber, Joe Louis (O)

1942 - Bronx Bomber, Joe Louis

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