Category: Brown Bomber

Boxing

heavyweight champion

Joe Louis photographed by Carl Van Vechten at Greenwood Lake on September 15, 1941.

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Boxer Joe Louis in Chicago, 1935.

Joe Louis nicknamed the “Brown Bomber,” reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949.

He

successfully

defended his title a record 25 times.

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Boxer Joe Louis in Chicago, 1935.

Joe Louis nicknamed the “Brown Bomber,” reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949.

He

successfully

defended his title a record 25 times.

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Boxer Joe Louis and his wife Marva Trotter in Harlem on September 25, 1935.

(Original Caption) 9/25/1935-New York, NY: Joe Louis, the ‘Brown Bomber’ of Detroit, shown walking along a Harlem street with his bride, the former Marva Trotter of Chicago whom he married a few hours before Joe knocked out Max Baer of California. As the result of his victory last night, and the one over Primo Carnera early this summer, Joe is the idol of New York’s Harlem. Joe and his bride left New York for Pompton Lakes, scene of the fighter’s training activities. Later they will return to Joe’s home city of Detroit.

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Joe Louis and Lena Horne photographed by Carl Van Vechten at Greenwood Lake on September 15, 1941.

Lena Horne was visiting boxer Joe Louis while he trained. The book Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne, details their romance. Both were married to other people, and Louis had even become a father in February 1943. But the world champion of heavyweight boxing kept visiting the Stormy Weather set to see Horne, whom he’d reportedly met at the

New York City nightclub

Café Society. 

Joe spoke openly of their on-again, off-again affair to his friend Alice Key; Horne flaunted a mink coat he’d given to her. On November 12, 1942, Billy Rowe had reported the widespread rumor that Louis, then an army sergeant would divorce his wife to marry Horne. Both he and Horne issued vague denials. “I think that Lena is a grand person, on and off the screen, but that doesn’t mean I want to marry her or vice versa,” said the boxer. Added Horne, Sergeant Louis and I have been friends for several years and to me, like fifty million others, he’s a symbol of greatness. I can certainly admire him and be in his company without hopping off to the alter.”

Joe Louis and Jesse Owens in the 1930′s

Joe Louis

(May 13, 1914 – April 12, 1981) and Jesse Owens

(September 12, 1913 – March 31, 1980) were both born in Alabama. They were the grandsons of slaves and the sons of sharecroppers. They both stammered as kids before their families migrated north in the 1920’s, where they began their athletic careers; Owens as a runner in Cleveland and Louis as a boxer in Detroit. 

Both Owens and Louis became heroic figures at a time when baseball, basketball and football were still segregated. Owens defied Hitler and Brundage; Louis defeated Schmeling and fought his way to victory in the 1930’s and 40’s.  

After the 1936 Olympics, the US track and field team was scheduled to compete in Sweden. Owens opted to return to the U.S., thinking he would get lucrative endorsement offers. The US Olympic Committee was furious that he returned home to capitalize on his success. They stripped him of his amateur status and banned him from further competitions.

Unlike Owens, who had been banished so young, Louis fought for years. He held the world heavyweight title from 1937 to 1949 and made 25 successful championship defenses.Owens and Louis remained friends for 45 years, and both died at the age of 66.

Boxer Joe Louis photographed by Carl Van Vechten at Greenwood Lake on September 15, 1941.

Joe Louis nicknamed the “Brown Bomber” reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949 .

Boxer Joe Louis photographed by Lusha Nelson for Vanity Fair, 1935.

American boxer Joe Louis sits at the piano with singer and actress Lena Horne in a Chicago nightclub, 1949.

The book Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne, details their love affair. Both were married to other people, and Louis had become a father in February 1943. But the

boxing world

heavyweight

champion kept visiting the Stormy Weather set to see Lena, whom he’d reportedly met at the New York City nightclub Café Society a few years prior.

Joe spoke openly of their on-again, off-again affair to his friend Alice Key; Lena flaunted a mink coat he’d given to her. On November 12, 1942, Billy Rowe had reported the widespread rumor that Louis, then an army sergeant would divorce his wife to marry Lena. Both Joe and Lena issued vague denials. “I think that Lena is a grand person, on and off the screen, but that doesn’t mean I want to marry her or vice versa,” said the boxer. Added Lena, Sergeant Louis and I have been friends for several years and to me, like fifty million others, he’s a symbol of greatness. I can certainly admire him and be in his company without hopping off to the alter.”

Boxer Joe Louis and his wife Marva Trotter in Harlem on September 25, 1935.

(Original Caption) 9/25/1935-New York, NY: Joe Louis, the ‘Brown Bomber’ of Detroit, shown walking along a Harlem street with his bride, the former Marva Trotter of Chicago whom he married a few hours before Joe knocked out Max Baer of California. As the result of his victory last night, and the one over Primo Carnera early this summer, Joe is the idol of New York’s Harlem. Joe and his bride left New York for Pompton Lakes, scene of the fighter’s training activities. Later they will return to Joe’s home city of Detroit.