The Magnificent Max Baer

The Magnificent Max Baer

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About the Book

Boxing might not have survived the 1930s if not for Max Baer. A contender for every heavyweight championship 1932–1941, California’s “Glamour Boy” was a draw for promoters during the Great Depression, bringing back the “million-dollar gate” not seen since the 1920s. His radio voice sold millions of Gillette razor blades; his leading-man appeal made him a heartthrob in The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933). The film was banned in Nazi Germany—Baer, of Jewish descent, had worn a Star of David on his trunks when he TKOed German former champ Max Schmeling.
Baer defeated 275-pound Primo Carnera in 1934 for the championship, losing it to Jim Braddock the next year. Contrary to The Cinderella Man (2005), Baer—favored 10 to 1—was not a villain and the fight was more controversial than the film suggested. His battle with Joe Louis three months later drew the highest gate of the decade.
This first comprehensive biography covers Baer’s complete ring record (adding 70 new bouts), his early life, his career on radio, film, stage and television, and his World War II Army service.

About the Author(s)

Colleen Aycock is a member of the International Boxing Research Organization and the New Mexico Boxing Hall of Fame. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is a contributor to other publications on the history of boxing.
David W. Wallace is a retired, aerospace systems engineer. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Bibliographic Details

Colleen Aycock with David W. Wallace
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 75 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7161-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3290-2
Imprint: McFarland