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To Ebbets FieldSport and the American-Jewish Experience$
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Peter Levine

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780195085556

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195085556.001.0001

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“Fighting for All My People”: Jewish Champions and American Heroes

“Fighting for All My People”: Jewish Champions and American Heroes

(p.170) 9 “Fighting for All My People”: Jewish Champions and American Heroes
To Ebbets Field

Peter Levine

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the experiences of Jewish American boxing champions Barney Ross and Maxie Baer in the U.S. during the 1930s. Ross was undoubtedly the greatest Jewish boxer of this period but he struggled more openly than most Jewish fighters with his father's “Jewish world” to emerge as Jewish champion and American war hero. On the other hand, Ross' Jewish connections were always questioned. The boxing careers of these two men personified the symbolic importance of boxing in the struggle for Jewish survival and American victory in the midst of world war.

Keywords:   Jewish Americans, boxing, Barney Ross, Maxie Baer, U.S, Jewish boxers

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