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Maxie Rosenbloom
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Real name Max Everitt Rosenbloom
Nickname(s) Slapsie Maxie
Rated at Light Heavyweight
Nationality United States American
Birth date November 1, 1907
Birth place Leonard's Bridge, Connecticut
Death date March 6, 1976 (aged 71)
South Pasadena, California
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 298
Wins 222
Wins by KO 19
Losses 42
Draws 31
No contests 3

Max Everitt Rosenbloom, known as Slapsie Maxie (November 1, 1907[1] – March 6, 1976) was an American boxer, actor, and television personality.

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Life and career

Born in Leonard's Bridge, Connecticut, Rosenbloom was nicknamed "Slapsie Maxie" by a journalist due to his open gloved style of boxing.[2] In 1932, he won the Light Heavyweight Championship of the World. He held and defended the title until November 1934, when he lost it to Bob Olin. As a professional boxer, Rosenbloom relied on hitting and moving to score points. He was very difficult to hit cleanly with a power punch and his fights often went the full number of required rounds. In his boxing matches he suffered thousands of head punches, which eventually led to the deterioration of his motor functions.

In 1937, he accepted a role in a Hollywood film. He became a character actor, portraying comical "big guys," in movies that included Each Dawn I Die. After retiring from boxing in 1939 he operated nightclubs in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He continued acting on radio, television, and in a number of films, usually playing comedy roles as a big, clumsy, punch-drunk -- but lovable -- lout. Rosenbloom played an important part in television's first 90-minute drama, Requiem for a Heavyweight, written by Rod Serling, and starring Jack Palance as a boxer at the end of his career. Rosenbloom played an ex pug, whose life revolved around retelling old boxing stories night after night to other ex-pugs in a down and out bar. It is the fate that looms for Palance (as "Mountain McClintock") if he cannot adjust to a new life outside the ring. In "The Honeymooners" episode, "TV Or Not TV," Jackie Gleason's character, Ralph Kramden, reads aloud a TV listing from the newspaper, "Fights Of The World: Maxie Rosenbloom vs. Kingfish Levinsky."

Death

Rosenbloom died of Paget's disease of bone in 1976 at the age of 72,[3] and was interred in the Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in North Hollywood, California.

Halls of Fame

Rosenbloom was inducted into the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1972.

In 1984 he was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.[4]

Rosenbloom was also inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1985.

In 1993 he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

References

  1. ^ According to Rosenbloom's headstone in the Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery, his birth date is November 1, 1907
  2. ^ Siegman, Joseph (2000). Jewish Sports Legends: The International Jewish Hall of Fame. Brassey's. pp. 63. ISBN 1-574-88284-8.  
  3. ^ Blady, Ken (1988). The Jewish Boxers Hall of Fame. SP Books. pp. 226. ISBN 0-933-50387-3.  
  4. ^ http://www.jewishsports.net/BioPages/Tables/Sport/Boxing.htm

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