Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, and a World on the Brink
Paperback (423 pages), kindle The heavyweight fights in 1936 and 1938 between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling symbolized the hopes, hatreds, and fears of a world moving toward total war. Journey into the careers of both men and experience the extraordinary buildup to their legendary 1938 rematch which elevated Louis to the status of the first true African-American national hero in the United States.
Nothing in the annals of sports has aroused more passion than the heavyweight fights in New York in 1936 and 1938 between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling — bouts that symbolized the hopes, hatreds, and fears of a world moving toward total war.
Acclaimed journalist David Margolick takes us into the careers of both men — a black American and a Nazi German hero — and depicts the extraordinary buildup to their legendary 1938 rematch. Vividly capturing the outpouring of emotion that the two fighters brought forth, Margolick brilliantly illuminates the cultural and social divisions that they came to represent.
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22 Jun 38: Joe Louis defeats Max Schmeling with TKO in the first round
01 Jan 42: Fears of a west coast attack moves the Rose Bowl game to the east coast
15 Jan 42: FDR writes "Green Light Letter" to Commissioner of Major League Baseball
18 May 42: New York City suspends night baseball games for rest of the war
02 Oct 43: Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles merge as the "Steagles"