This Day in Jewish History A Heavyweight Boxing Champ Is Born

With his devastating punch, Max Baer could have been one of the greatest fighters of all time, but for Baer, boxing was just a way to make a living. After he retired, he tried his luck as a movie star.

February 11, 1909, is the birth date of Max Baer, who held the title of world heavyweight boxing champion for 364 days in 1934-35. Baer is best remembered by Jews for his June 1933 victory over Germany’s Max Schmeling at New York’s Yankee Stadium. Schmeling was said to be a favorite of Germany’s new chancellor, Adolf Hitler, so it was of special significance that Baer was of Jewish heritage, and...