Max Baer

Born Feb 11, 1909

Max Baer was an American boxer of the 1930s as well as a professional wrestler and referee, and had an occasional role on film or television. He was the brother of twice World Champion boxing contender Buddy Baer and father of actor Max Baer, Jr.. Baer is rated #22 on Ring Magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.… Read More

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1909 Birth Baer was born on February 11, 1909 in Omaha, Nebraska to Jacob Baer (1875–1938), who was half Lutheran German and half Jewish German, and Dora Bales (1877–1938), who was of Scots-Irish Protestant American ancestry. … Read More


1922 13 Years Old In May 1922, tired of the Durango, Colorado winters, which aggravated Frances's rheumatic fever and Jacob's high blood pressure, the Baers drove to the milder climes of the West Coast, where Dora's sister lived in Alameda, California. … Read More
1926 17 Years Old The Baers lived in the Northern Californian towns of Hayward, San Leandro and Galt before moving to Livermore in 1926. … Read More
1928 19 Years Old In 1928, Jacob leased the Twin Oaks Ranch in Murray Township where he raised more than 2,000 hogs, and worked with daughter Frances's husband, Louis Santucci. … Read More


1929 20 Years Old Baer turned professional in 1929, progressing steadily through the Pacific Coast ranks. … Read More
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Baer fought Frankie Campbell on August 25, 1930, in San Francisco in a ring built over home plate at San Francisco's Recreation Park for the unofficial title of Pacific Coast champion. … Read More
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Five months after the Baer fight, on February 11, 1933, Schaaf died in the ring after taking a left jab from the Italian fighter Primo Carnera. … Read More
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On June 14, 1934, Baer, after knocking him down 11 times, won by technical knockout over the massive, 275-pound (125-kg) Primo Carnera, Heavyweight Champion of the World, to win the world title, which he would hold for 364 days.
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On June 13, 1935, one of the greatest upsets in boxing history transpired in Long Island City, New York, as Baer fought down-and-out boxer James J. Braddock in the so-called Cinderella Man bout. … Read More


1939 30 Years Old In the first televised heavyweight prizefight, Baer lost to Lou Nova on June 1, 1939, on WNBT-TV in New York.
1940 31 Years Old Baer was awarded a belt declaring him the "White Heavyweight Champion of the World" after he scored a first round T.K.O. over Pat Cominsky in a bout at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, New Jersey on 26 September 1940, but it was a publicity stunt. … Read More
1941 32 Years Old Baer retired after his next fight, on 4 April 1941, when he lost to Lou Nova on a T.K.O. in the eighth round of scheduled 10-rounder at Madison Square Garden.


1951 42 Years Old In 1951, Baer teamed up with another title holder; friend and Light Heavyweight champion (1929-'34) and boxer-turned actor/comedian, Maxie Rosenbloom. … Read More


At the time of his death on November 21, 1959, Baer was scheduled to appear in some TV commercials in Los Angeles before returning to his home in Sacramento.
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