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Joe Louis... last win by knock-out...
Item # 573790
June 16, 1951
THE TIMES-PICAYUNE, New Orleans, Louisiana, dated June 16, 1951
* Joe Louis (Brown Bomber) last win by K.O.
* Heavyweight boxing
This 30 page newspaper has a two column headline on page 14: "Joe Louis Stops Lee Savold in Sixth Round of "Battle of the Aged" This would be Louis' last career win by knockout.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Minor margin wear, otherwise in good condition.
wikipedia notes: Joseph Louis Barrow (May 13, 1914 - April 12, 1981), better known as Joe Louis, was the world heavyweight boxing champion from 1937 to 1949.
Nicknamed the Brown Bomber, Louis helped elevate boxing out of a nadir in popularity in the post-Jack Dempsey era by establishing a reputation as an honest, hardworking fighter at a time when the sport was dominated by gambling interests. Louis' championship reign lasted 140 consecutive months, during which he participated in 27 championship fights, including 25 successful title defenses – all records for the heavyweight division. In 2005, Louis was named the greatest heavyweight of all time by the International Boxing Research Organization, and was ranked number one on Ring Magazine's list of 100 Greatest Punchers of All Time and is widely regarded to be the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time.
Louis' cultural impact was felt well outside the ring. Louis is widely regarded as the first African American to achieve the status of a nationwide hero within the United States, and was also a focal point of anti-Nazi sentiment leading up to and during World War II. He also was instrumental in integrating the game of golf, breaking the sport's color barrier in America by appearing under a sponsor's exemption in a PGA event in 1952.
Category: The 20th Century