Fine Max Schmeling autograph on Ruedel photo print after a private photo.
The autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Fine condition. Size: 4 x 6 inches.
Schmeling has became famous after his fights against Joe Louis, the first one was lost by Louis in1936, a 12th-round knockout by Max Schmeling.
Despite the loss, Louis was selected over Schmeling to meet heavyweight champion Jim Braddock on June 22, 1937, in Chicago.
Larry Schwartz ('Brown Bomber' was a hero to all ) writes: "...one year later, Louis exacted his revenge on Schmeling. The fight was for more than the heavyweight championship, more than two individuals competing. It was built into a battle of two ideologies.
In one corner was Schmeling, representing Hitler (though Schmeling wasn't a Nazi) and everything fascism stood for. In the other corner was Louis, representing the U.S. and everything democracy meant. Louis was invited to the White House, where President Franklin Roosevelt felt the champ's biceps. Joe, we need muscles like yours to beat Germany, he said.
There were reports of messages to Schmeling from Hitler warning him that he had better win for the glory of the Third Reich. Hitler hailed him as a paragon of Teutonic manhood, and telephoned him personally before he left the dressing room.
Schmeling wasn't gone from the room long. Before some 70,000 fans at Yankee Stadium, Louis pulverized the reluctant Aryan figurehead, knocking him to the canvas three times. Two years of waiting ended for Louis after 124 seconds, with Schmeling lying broken on the canvas. Louis had crossed the line from champion to idol as Americans of all color and ancestry celebrated."
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