Cinderella Man

Cinderella Man

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Lost in the annals of boxing is the sport's true Cinderella story. James J. Braddock, dubbed 'Cinderella Man', was a once-promising light heavyweight for whom a string of losses in the ring and a broken right hand happened to correspond with the Great Crash. With one good hand, Braddock was forced to labour on the docks of Hoboken, while only his manager still believed in him, finding fights for Braddock to help support his wife and children. The diminutive, loquacious manager and the burly quiet boxer made one of the sport's oddest couples, but together they staged an impossible comeback, as Braddock went in the span of less than twelve months from the relief rolls to face heavyweight champion Max Baer, renowned for having allegedly killed two men in the ring. A 10-1 underdog, Braddock carried the hopes and dreams of the working class on his shoulders. And when boxing was the biggest sport in the world and the heavyweight champion the biggest star in the world, his unlikely upset made him the most popular champion boxing had ever seen.
Against the gritty backdrop of the Depression, CINDERELLA MAN brings this dramatic story to life, evoking a time when the sport of boxing resonated with a country trying desperately to get back on its feet. Rich in anecdote and colour, steeped in history, CINDERELLA MAN is a classic David and Goliath tale that transcends the sport.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 23mm | 313g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Media tie-in
  • Media tie-in
  • 8 B/W Photo\Illu(s)
  • 0752877100
  • 9780752877105

About Jeremy Schaap

Jeremy Schaap is an ESPN anchor and national correspondent who is host of its acclaimed Sports Century series. He has also been published in Sports Illustrated.
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