Joe Louis: The Brown Bomber

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Joe Louis: The Brown Bomber

Born on May 13, 1914 in Lafayette, Alabama, Joe Lewis went on to become the heavyweight champion of the world. Known as the Brown Bomber, Louis held the belt for nearly 12 years, a boxing record, and posted 25 successful title defenses.Louis's family life was shaped by financial struggle. The Louis kids slept three to a bed and Louis' father was committed to a state hospital when he was just two years old. Part of it could be chalked up to the sheer fact that fans loved a winner. Of Louis' 25 title defenses, only three went the full 15 rounds. But in winning, Louis also showed himself to be a gracious, even generous victor. Louis, who enlisted with the army in 1942, threw his support behind the country's war effort, and went so far as to twice donate his purse money to military relief funds.


1914 -Birth Date1934- BECAME A BOXER1936- 12 ROUND FIGHT1981 - DEATH DATE

Won 50 of 54 amateur boxing matches, 43 by knockouts 1935 Won 20 of 20 professional boxing wins, including defeats of former world heavyweight champions Primo Carnera and Max Baer 1935 Associated Press "Athlete of the Year" award 1936, 1938-39, 1941 Ring magazine's "Boxer of the Year" 1937-49 World Heavyweight Champion, longest reign in boxing history 1941 Edward Neil Memorial Plaque (for man who contributed the most to boxing) 1993 First boxer honored on a U.S. postage stamp Read more: Joe Louis - Awards And Accomplishments - Boxing, Won, World, and Boxer - JRank Articles

Lasting Impact

The son of Alabama sharecroppers, Joe Louis, during his reign as heavyweight champion of the world from 1937 to 1949, stood as a shining symbol of mythical and real American traits like racial unity, national strength, and unlimited opportunity. Through a rare combination of shattering events, an acceptable demeanor, expert handling, sympathetic press coverage, great pugilistic talent, the American obsession with sports, and the peculiar symbolism of the heavyweight boxing champion, Louis became the most popular black in America and one of the most popular of all Americans.


Joe Louis: The Brown Bomber



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