Cinderell-y Man

Episode Air Date: August 21, 2019
Artist: Fontane Sisters
Recording Title: The Cinderella Work Song

In the 1920s and 30s, boxing was one of the most popular sports in the country.  It and other forms of entertainment provided cheerful moments of respite from the gloom the Depression cast over the nation. In the movies and on radio, the public clamored for heroes like Superman and the Lone Ranger. But in the boxing ring, James Braddock proved himself the real life equivalent. After some inopportune losses and injuries, his career floundered, until a winning streak put him in the ring with Max Baer, the Heavyweight Champion of the World on June 13, 1935.  If you haven’t seen Ron Howard’s film…spoiler alert: He wins.

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One Response to “Cinderell-y Man”

  1. July 5, 2013 at 12:23 #

    James J. Braddock was an unofficial national hero in the post WW1 era. Like Pandora’s box, the world was and still is, a place filled with horrors and monsters, but in the bottom of the box, like in the back of everyone’s mind, there was and still is Hope. He was their hope.

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