Rosenbloom in 1941
|Real name||Max Everitt Rosenbloom|
|Rated at||Light Heavyweight|
November 1, 1907|
Leonard's Bridge, Connecticut, U.S.
|Died||March 6, 1976
South Pasadena, California, U.S.
|Wins by KO||19|
Life and career
Born in Leonard's Bridge, Connecticut, Rosenbloom was nicknamed "Slapsie Maxie" by a journalist due to his open gloved style of boxing. In 1930, he won the New York light heavyweight title. In 1932, he won the Light Heavyweight Championship of the World. He held and defended the title until November 1934, when he lost it to Bob Olin. As a professional boxer, Rosenbloom relied on hitting and moving to score points. He was very difficult to hit cleanly with a power punch and his fights often went the full number of required rounds. In his boxing matches he suffered thousands of head punches, which eventually led to the deterioration of his motor functions.
In 1937, he accepted a role in a Hollywood film. He became a character actor, portraying comical "big guys," in movies that included Each Dawn I Die. Slapsy Maxie's, the first comedy club, opened in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and Maxie retired from boxing permanently in 1939. He continued acting on radio, television, and in a number of films, usually playing comedy roles as a big, clumsy, punch-drunk—but lovable—character. He appeared in a number of episodes (playing himself) of the Fred Allen Radio Show—including a skit with Marlene Dietrich. Rosenbloom played an important part in television's first 90-minute drama, Requiem for a Heavyweight, written by Rod Serling, and starring Jack Palance as a boxer at the end of his career. Rosenbloom played an ex pug, whose life revolved around retelling old boxing stories night after night to other ex-pugs in a down and out bar. It is the fate that looms for Palance (as "Mountain McClintock") if he cannot adjust to a new life outside the ring.
In The Honeymooners popular episode "TV or Not TV," Jackie Gleason's character Ralph Kramden pays homage to Maxie. He read aloud a TV listing from the newspaper, "Fights Of The World: Maxie Rosenbloom vs. Kingfish Levinsky."
Slapsy Maxie's, his nightclub, is prominently featured in a 2013 crime film, Gangster Squad, the story of which is set in 1949. The club, which actually operated in 1939 at 7165 Beverly Blvd and from 1943 to 1947, was located at 5665 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles.
Halls of Fame
Rosenbloom was inducted into the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1972.
In 1984 he was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. In 1929, he had fought with four other Jewish boxers in a benefit at Madison Square Garden to raise relief funds for Palestine. During 1935, he postponed a scheduled fight with Tiger Jack Fox that was scheduled to fall between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur so that they could take place after the Jewish holidays.
- Nothing Sacred (1937)
- Naughty but Nice (1939)
- To the Shores of Tripoli (1942)
- Crazy Knights (1944)
- Three of a Kind (1944)
- According to Rosenbloom's headstone in the Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery, his birth date is November 1, 1907
- Siegman, Joseph (2000). Jewish Sports Legends: The International Jewish Hall of Fame. Brassey's. p. 63. ISBN 1-57488-284-8.
- Mark Phillips (1 April 2002). Honeymooners Trivia. iUniverse. pp. 26–. ISBN 978-0-595-22084-7.
- Foster, Charles (2003). Once Upon a Time in Paradise: Canadians in the Golden Age of Hollywood. Dundurn p. 97. ISBN 978-1550024647
- Blady, Ken (1988). The Jewish Boxers Hall of Fame. SP Books. p. 226. ISBN 0-933503-87-3.
- Maxie Rosenbloom at the Internet Movie Database
- Slapsy Maxie on Vinyl
- Harry Greb website
- Hebrew University
- Annotated Fight Record
- Cyber Boxing Zone bio and record
- Maxie Rosenbloom at Find a Grave