Joseph Barrow.

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Joseph Barrow was born in Chambers County, Alabama back in 1914 to Munroe and Lillie.  At birth he weighed a whopping 11 pounds.  He suffered from a speech impediment and spoke very little as a child until the age of six.  His father was committed to a mental institution in 1916.  His mother married Pat Brooks in 1920.

In 1926, he moved to Detroit, Michigan, he worked part time at the River Rough Plant.  When the Great Depression hit he spent a lot of time at a local youth recreation center at 637 Brewster Street in Detroit. 

At the age of 17 in 1932, he made his debut boxing fight.  In 1933, he won the Detroit-area Golden Gloves Novice Division.  In 1934, he won the light heavyweight United States Amateur Champion National AAU tournament in St. Louis, Missouri.  During his boxing career he had a record of 50-4, with 43 knockouts.

If you haven’t figured it out by now how about I give you his middle name of Louis.  Barely able to write he just signed his name as Joe Louis.  He reigned as the world heavyweight champion for 1937 until his retirement in 1949.  He holds the longest single reign as champion of any boxer in history.  He is also regarded as the first person of African-American descent to achieve the status of a nationwide hero within the United States.

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Comments (15)

Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Hi James,

It seems he rose from the ashes of a very tough childhood to a legend.  I hope he had a happy life away from the public stage.

Jul 25, 2021 03:51 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - beyond the name recognition when you made the "big reveal" I don't know much about the man - thank you for filling in some of the blanks.  

Jul 25, 2021 05:16 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, 11 pounds at birth is quite a big baby.  He is definitely considered one of the greatest boxers in history.

Jul 25, 2021 05:29 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

James, interesting story, and thanks for sharing his life up until we know him today.

Jul 25, 2021 05:50 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning Wayne,

I did not know his real name and even though he was before my time I watched a lot of his fights.

Make yourself an awesome day.

Jul 25, 2021 05:51 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. He was indeed a great fighter who stood the test of time better than all others. Enjoy your day.

Jul 25, 2021 06:05 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James, Interesting story of Joe Louis, I remember my dad talking about him alot.


Jul 25, 2021 07:57 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I had no idea who this was until the big reveal!

Jul 25, 2021 09:20 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Sunday afternoon, James.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jul 25, 2021 09:32 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I did not know where this one was going either. And though Inknow the name , I knew very little about Joe Louis

Jul 25, 2021 10:31 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I knew the name, but had no idea of the backstory.  Thank you for keeping us educated. A

Jul 25, 2021 11:05 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - A true American iconic figure.  

Jul 25, 2021 11:37 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I've never been a big boxing fan (I like it a lot more than Mixed Martial Arts however) but I did know who you were talking about pretty quickly James Dray .

Jul 25, 2021 01:57 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Hey there James, that is one great legacy of an athelete for sure.

Jul 25, 2021 07:21 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James loved the bio, If I recall there was an interesting event that happened to him when he was in his late seventies:)Endre

Jul 25, 2021 09:45 PM