Braddock, James J.

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Name
Braddock, James J. Gender: M
James Walter Braddock
born on 7 June 1905 at 18:00 (= 6:00 PM )
Place New York, New York, 40n43, 74w00
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 16°29' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 13°24 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 00°20'



James J. Braddock (1935)

Biography

American boxer, nicknamed 'Cinderella Man,' who was the world heavyweight champion from 1935 to 1937. His other nicknames were 'Bulldog of Bergen,' 'Pride of the Irish,' and 'Pride of New Jersey.'

Fighting under the name James J. Braddock (ostensibly to follow the pattern set by two prior world boxing champions, James J. Corbett and James J. Jeffries), Braddock was known for his spoiling, counterpunching style, powerful right hand and his iron chin. He had lost several bouts due to chronic hand injuries and was forced to work on the docks and collect social assistance to feed his family during the Great Depression. He made a comeback, and in 1935 he fought Max Baer for the Heavyweight title and won. For this unlikely feat he was given the nickname 'Cinderella Man' by Damon Runyon. Braddock was managed by Joe Gould.

Braddock married Mae Fox in 1930 and the couple had three children. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and became a first lieutenant. He served in the Pacific theatre on the island of Saipan, where he trained enlisted men in hand-to-hand combat. Upon return, he worked as a marine equipment surplus supplier and helped construct the Verrazano Bridge in the early 1960s.

James J. Braddock died on 29 November 1974, aged 69, in North Bergen, New Jersey. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2001. James J. Braddock North Hudson County Park in North Bergen is named in his honour.

The 2005 biographical film Cinderella Man tells Braddock's story. Directed by Ron Howard, it stars Russell Crowe as Braddock and Renée Zellweger as his wife, Mae. The film had an estimated budget of $88 million and grossed $108.5 million worldwide. Crowe's performance earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Relationships

  • opponent/rival/enemy relationship with Baer, Max (born 11 February 1909)
  • opponent/rival/enemy relationship with Lewis, John Henry (born 5 May 1914). Notes: Boxing opponents
  • role played of/by Crowe, Russell (born 7 April 1964). Notes: 2005 film, "Cinderella Man"

Events

  • Relationship : Marriage 1930 (Mae Fox)
  • Death, Cause unspecified 29 November 1974 (Age 69)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : Prize 2001 (International Boxing Hall of Fame)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from "James J. Braddock's Life Story," Sporting Globe [Melbourne, Vic.], 7 Aug 1935, p. 12: "I was born at 6 p.m. on June 7, 1905. They couldn't afford a doctor, so the woman next door brought me into the world" [1].

Categories

  • Traits : Body : Size (Height: 6 ft 2 1⁄2 in/ 1.89 m)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Accident/Injury (Chronic hand injuries)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three)
  • Vocation : Building Trades : Construction work
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (First lieutenant, WWII)
  • Vocation : Sports : Boxing (Middleweight, Light heavyweight, Heavyweight)
  • Vocation : Misc. : Physical labor (Dockhand)
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (International Boxing)
  • Notable : Awards : Sports Championship (World heavyweight champion, 1935-1937)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession