Joe Louis and Sugar Ray Robinson in golfing togs

Joe Louis and Sugar Ray Robinson in golfing togs

Joe Louis, The Brown Bomber, Heavyweight World Champion from 1937 to 1949

Joe Louis, The Brown Bomber, Heavyweight World Champion from 1937 to 1949

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Hank Greenberg and Joe Louis

Hank Greenberg and Joe Louis

The Brown Bomber

The Brown Bomber

Born on May 13, 1914 in Lafayette, Alabama, Joe Louis 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.

Born on May 13, 1914 in Lafayette, Alabama, Joe Louis 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.

The Fighter: Joseph Louis Barrow, better known as Joe Louis, was an American professional boxer and the World Heavyweight Champion from 1937 to 1949. He is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweights of all time. (Photo: Irving Penn)

The Fighter: Joseph Louis Barrow, better known as Joe Louis, was an American professional boxer and the World Heavyweight Champion from 1937 to 1949. He is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweights of all time. (Photo: Irving Penn)

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Lena Horne  Joe Louis, World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

Lena Horne Joe Louis, World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

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Joe Louis was a fighter, a world champion boxer, a "punching machine." But more important, Joe Louis was a hero. At the beginning of his fighting career, he was a hero and a symbol of hope to African Americans. Later, Joe Louis became a hero to all Americans, uniting blacks and white boxing fans in their hatred of the Nazis and their desire for him to beat the German fighter Max Schmeling.

Joe Louis was a fighter, a world champion boxer, a "punching machine." But more important, Joe Louis was a hero. At the beginning of his fighting career, he was a hero and a symbol of hope to African Americans. Later, Joe Louis became a hero to all Americans, uniting blacks and white boxing fans in their hatred of the Nazis and their desire for him to beat the German fighter Max Schmeling.

Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena Wall Art

Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena Wall Art

Joe Louis Named President of Chicago Milk Firm - Jet Magaz… | Flickr

Joe Louis Named President of Chicago Milk Firm - Jet Magaz… | Flickr

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