Maxie “Slapsie” Rosenbloom
(1904 - 1976)
Maxie “Slapsie” Rosenbloom was born on
September 6, 1904, in Leonard’s Bridge, Connecticut. He learned
to box at Harlem's Union Settlement in New York. From 1930 to 1934,
Rosenbloom held the light-heavyweight championship. He was the busiest
title holder in ring history, fighting 106 times during his four-and-a-half-year
reign—the equivalent of fighting one bout every 15 days!
On June 25, 1930, Rosenbloom beat the World Champion
Jimmy Slattery to win the Light-Heavyweight title. He lost the crown
to Bob Olin by decision on November 16, 1934. Although, Rosenbloom had
achieved great fame, he had to face much ridicule in the press, due
to the increasing anti-Semitism in America.
Journalist Damon Runyon, writing about Rosenbloom’s
colorful persona and unique open glove style of boxing, dubbed him Slapsie
Maxie, a nickname that followed him throughout his boxing career. Upon
retirement from the ring, Rosenbloom’s sharp wit and broken syntax
brought him new success in motion pictures. He appeared in nearly 100
films during his post-boxing career.
His professional boxing record, which began in 1923
and closed in 1939: 299 bouts—won 223 (19 KOs), lost 42, drew
32, 2 no-contests.
He died on March 6, 1976. Rosenbloom was elected to
the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1972 and to the International Boxing Hall
of Fame in 1993.
Rosenbloom .” International Jewish
Sports Hall of Fame; "Maxie Rosenbloom (1904-1976 ).” American
Jewish Historical Society, American
Jewish Desk Reference, (NY: Random
House, 1999), pp. 295-6; Picture courtesy of: International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame