by: Dan Howard
This week I’m going to start with a Useless Trivia Question; what 1960’s television icon is the son of a former Heavyweight Champion? The answer will be at the end of my article.
Last week I mentioned the 75th anniversary of the Reds Johnny Vander Meer consecutive no hitters, this Saturday, June 22, marks the 75th anniversary of the “Fight of the Century” between Joe Louis and German heavyweight Max Schmeling. With all the turbulence surrounding Nazi Germany and Eastern Europe in 1938, the hopes of America rested squarely on the shoulders of “The Brown Bomber”. Louis didn’t disappoint, knocking out his German opponent in less than two minutes. Schmeling would later admit that the best thing that ever happened in his life was losing that fight. As a postscript, Schmeling, who served in the German Air Force as a paratrooper during World War II, is credited for saving two Jewish children from the Nazi regime by hiding them in his apartment.