Boxing Towel used in the Joe Louis - Max Schmeling Fight


Heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis (1914–1981) lost his first bout with Nazi Germany's champion Max Schmeling in 1936, but the return match was a triumph for America. This towel was thrown in by Schmeling's handlers at Yankee Stadium, New York City, June 22, 1938, where Louis pummeled his opponent in the first round. Enforcing a boxing rule that seconds cannot stop a fight, referee Arthur Donovan then threw it out. The towel was thrown in again during the first round, giving Louis the victory in two minutes and four seconds. The story of the fight was later embroidered on the towel.

Date Made: 1938Date Of The Fight: 1938-06-22

Referenced: Schmeling, MaxLouis, Joe

Location: Currently not on view

Location Of The Fight: United States: New York, New York City

Web Subject: SportsName Of Sport: BoxingLevel Of Sport: Professional


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Credit Line: Mrs. Julian A. Black

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1980.0683.05Accession Number: 1980.0683Catalog Number: 1980.0683.05

Object Name: towel, boxing

Physical Description: fabric, cotton (overall material)Measurements: overall: 22 in x 9 in; 55.88 cm x 22.86 cm


Record Id: nmah_694754

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