Star of David Boxing Shorts, 1933

But if I could choose one fight that Baer, whose father was Jewish, could be remembered for, it would be–and you may call me biased–his defeat of the German Max Schmeling in 1933. Schmeling squared off against Baer in a highly touted fight at Yankee Stadium just months after Hitler assumed power in 1933. Schmeling wasn’t a Nazi and was said to have a Jewish manager, but it wasn’t lost on Baer that Schmeling was said to be Hitler’s favorite boxer…Baer, despite not being religiously Jewish and tending not to be claimed by Jews, donned trunks that were emblazoned with the Star of David.

– MAX BAER TAKES DOWN MAX SCHMELING, By Adam Chandler (LINK- http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/123940/max-baer-takes-down-max-schmeling)

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