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.

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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...