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Joe Louis's Sparring Gloves

Joe Louis's Sparring Gloves

Description (Brief)
The 1938 Yankee Stadium boxing rematch between American Joe Louis (1914–1981) and Germany’s Max Schmeling was seen as a symbolic contest of American ideals versus those of the Nazis. By easily defeating Schmeling in the first round, Louis became a national hero.
Currently not on view
Object Name
boxing gloves
trophy, boxing
boxing glove, trophy
date made
Louis, Joe
Physical Description
metal, bronze (overall material)
overall: 10 1/2 in x 11 in x 7 in; 26.67 cm x 27.94 cm x 17.78 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
1939 exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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