The life and career of Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis, who held the title for 12 years--longer than any other boxer in history--and who had to not only battle opponents inside the ring and racism outside it.
POWERFUL... as his battering fists! THRILLING... as his fighting heart! GREAT... as his never-to-be-forgotten story!
Did You Know?
The fictional columnist Tad McGeehan appears to be based upon Jimmy Cannon (1909 - 1973), a sports columnist who famously quipped that Joe Louis was "a credit to his race - the human race." The quote itself is paraphrased in McGeehan's narration. See more
When Joe is sending a telegram to Marva in Chicago, the address he gives the Western Union is 5220 Congress Street, but when she receives the telegram, the address reads 60 East 47th Street. See more
Tad, you missed the greatest fight of the year. This Marciano's another Dempsy. Louis is through for real now. He should've quit while he was ahead. What are you doing here? I thought you were goin' home. Well, Rocky almost knocked him out of the ring. The kid's got a punch like a ten-ton truck! He'll be the next champ for sure. Well, I'd better go write my story.
Lou... I'll write the story.
But you didn't see the fight.
I'll write the real story.
I'll Be Around
by Alec Wilder
Sung by Anita Ellis
accompanied by Ellis Larkins Trio See more