Known as the Brown Bomber, Joe Louis is regarded as the first black American to attract a highly diverse national fan base. In 1946, after he defended his world heavyweight boxing championship for the 23rd time without a loss, New York sports columnist Jimmy Cannon wrote, “He is a credit to his race — the human race.”
In addition to his time as a Manhattan resident, Louis fought most of his bouts in the city. ‘The Joe Louis Story,’ the 1953 docudrama about the champion, opens with scenes from two Manhattan locations,
The movie is followed by bonus content for New York Sports Experience members. In addition to films of two Louis fights at Yankee Stadium, the added footage includes exclusive interview clips after the first fight and exclusive weigh-in clips before the second.