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Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom
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    (November 1, 1907-March 6, 1976)
    Born in Leonard's Bridge, Connecticut
    Record: 222 wins (19 by KO), 42 losses, 31 draws
    Light Heavyweight Champion of the World (1930-34)
    Nicknamed 'Slapsie Maxie' by Damon Runyon for his open-gloved style of hitting
    Appeared in the films 'Nothing Sacred' (1937), 'Mr. Moto's Gamble' (1938), 'Each Dawn I Die' (1939), 'Passport to Alcatraz' (1940), 'Harvard, Here I Come' (1941), 'To the Shores of Tripoli' (1942), 'My Son the Hero' (1943), 'Follow the Boys' (1944), 'Irish Eyes Are Smiling' (1944), 'Mister Universe' (1951), 'Abbot and Costello Meet the Keystone Cops' (1955), 'Hollywood or Bust' (1956), 'The Bellboy' (1960) and 'My Side of the Mountain' (1969)
    Opened the Hollywood nightclub Slapsie Maxie's (1943)
    Inducted into the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame (1972), the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (1984), the World Boxing Hall of Fame (1985) and the International Boxing Hall of Fame (1993)
    His main nickname other than 'Slapsie' was 'the Harlem Harlequin.'
    His technique of slapping opponents with open gloves was eventually banned by the New York State Athletic Commission.
    He was accused of neglecting training to chase women and gamble.
    The Pittsburgh Press called him one of the most 'irresponsible playboys of boxing.'
    He was typecast in movies as dimwitted, punch-drunk toughs.
    Gangster Mickey Cohen funded his nightclub.
    He was allegedly discovered by actor George Raft, who saw him in a street fight and encouraged him to learn to box professionally.
    He was the busiest title holder in ring history, boxing 106 times in four and a half years, an average of a fight every 15 days.
    He fought with four other Jewish boxers in an exhibition at Madison Square Garden to raise relief funds for Jews in Palestine (1929).
    He entertained US troops in Korea.
    He developed pugilistic dementia from receiving hundreds (if not thousands) of blows to the head over his career.
    Philip Roth wrote, 'In my scheme of things, Slapsie Maxie was a more miraculous Jewish phenomenon by far than Dr. Albert Einstein.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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