MAX SCHMELING - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 08/20/1984 - HFSID 143821

MAX SCHMELING Max Schmeilng sends a brief biography about himself to a fan. Typed Letter Signed: "Max Schmeling" in German, 1p, 8¼x11¾. Hollenstedt (Germany), 1984 August 20.Max Schmeling (1905-2005), World Heavyweight Champion from 1930-1932, writes to Mr. Laird.

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MAX SCHMELING
Max Schmeilng sends a brief biography about himself to a fan.
Typed Letter Signed: "Max Schmeling" in German, 1p, 8¼x11¾. Hollenstedt (Germany), 1984 August 20.Max Schmeling (1905-2005), World Heavyweight Champion from 1930-1932, writes to Mr. Laird. Translated in full: "Many thanks for your friendly note and your interest in me and the beautiful sport of boxing. I gladly tell you that I was born in Klein Luckow/Uckermark. When I was two years old, I moved with my parents to Hamburg where I lived until the end of the war. At the same time I can tell you that I think Jack Dempsey was the greatest boxer. I enclose the photo you wanted and hope that this pleases you." Photo not included. Schmeling scored a twelfth round knockout of the previously undefeated Joe Louis in 1936. In a closely followed rematch at Yankee Stadium in 1938, Louis knocked out Schmeling in the first round. Despite Nazi efforts to promote him as a symbol of Aryan supremacy, Schmeling refused Hitler's personal request to join the Nazi party and secretly protected German Jews at great risk to himself. A Coca Cola executive after World War II, Schmeling became a close friend of Joe Louis and served as a pallbearer at Louis' funeral (1981). Light surface creases, else fine.

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