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Max Schmeling

Max Schmeling (Boxing.  Born, Klein Luckaw, Brandenburg, Germany, Sept. 28, 1905; died, Hollenstedt, Germany, Feb. 2, 2005.)  A reluctant symbol of the pre-World War II Nazi regime in Germany, Max Schmeling was the world heavyweight champion (1930-32).  Schmeling gained lasting fame for two bouts with Joe Louis (q.v.), which became charged with international political and racial […]

Joe Louis

Joe Louis (Boxing. Born, Lafayette, AL, May 13, 1914; died, Las Vegas, NV, Apr. 12, 1981.) Famed around the world as the “Brown Bomber,” Joseph Louis Barrow was one of the most active of heavyweight champions – making 25 defenses of the title. He turned pro after becoming the A.A.U. light heavyweight titlist in 1934 […]

Mike Jacobs

Mike Jacobs (Boxing.  Born, New York, NY, Mar. 10, 1880; died, Miami Beach, FL, Jan. 24, 1953.)  For more than a decade, Michael Strauss Jacobs was the most powerful promoter in boxing.  In 1907, Jacobs opened a theatre ticket brokerage office in the lobby of the Hotel Normandie.  He soon branched out into handling sports […]

Joe Humphreys

Joe Humphreys (Public address.  Born, New York, NY, Oct. 19, 1872; died, Fair Haven, NJ, July 10, 1936.)  His career as the most famous ring announcer of his time began for Joe Humphreys quite by accident in 1893.  Humphreys became the announcer at Gus Maich’s Little Casino on the New Bowery when the usual announcer […]

Clem McCarthy

Clem McCarthy (Public address. Born, East Bloomfield, NY, Sept. 9, 1882; died, New York, NY, June 4, 1962.) From his beginning as a public address announcer, Charles F. McCarthy became perhaps the most celebrated radio broadcaster in the history of thoroughbred racing. As the son of a horse dealer who grew too big to be […]

Tami Mauriello

Tami Mauriello (Boxing. Born, New York, NY, Jan. 4, 1920; died, The Bronx, NY, Dec. 3, 1999.) Among the best gate attractions in boxing during the 1940s, Tami Mauriello fought for both the light heavyweight and heavyweight titles during his career. He didn’t win either crown but he sold plenty of tickets. Mauriello started his […]

Two-Ton Tony Galento

Two-Ton Tony Galento (Boxing.  Born, Orange, NJ, Mar. 12, 1910; died, Livingston, NJ, July 22, 1979.)  Among the most colorful and popular characters in boxing during his career, Dominic Anthony Galento was a heavy heavyweight contender in the 1930s.  Galento’s most celebrated bout came against champion Joe Louis June 28, 1939, before 34,852 at Yankee Stadium, […]

Billy Conn

Billy Conn (Boxing.  Born, East Liberty, PA, Oct. 8, 1917; died, Pittsburgh, PA, May 29, 1993.)  A light heavyweight champion (1939-40) who gave up his title to fight as a heavyweight, William David Conn, Jr., almost won that championship.  Conn was ahead on all cards when he decided to slug it out with Joe Louis and […]

Ezzard Charles

Ezzard Charles (Boxing.  Born, Lawrenceville, GA, July 7, 1921; died, Chicago, IL, May 27, 1975.)  When Joe Louis retired as heavyweight champion in 1949, Ezzard Marck Charles turned out to be his successor.  Charles won the title in a 15-round decision over Jersey Joe Walcott June 22, 1949, and lost it to Walcott July 18, 1951.  In […]

James Braddock

James Braddock (Boxing.  Born, New York, NY, June 7, 1906; died, North Bergen, NJ, Nov. 29, 1974.)  In 1950 when The Associated Press conducted a poll to determine the greatest sports upsets of first half of the 20th century,  James J. Braddock’s heavyweight championship victory over Max Baer was ranked fourth on the list.  Such was […]

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