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Max Baer came to prominence in an era when boxing was the nation's pastime and he its chosen son. When the defeated and the downtrodden desperately needed a good laugh, he provided guffaws. With each new antic in the ring and every escapade outside its confines, his immeasurable charm, his joyful personality and a roundhouse right that stunned his opponents, entertained the multitudes better than anything in shoe leather.

Life was Max Baer's greatest indulgence. What was not within Max Baer's persona, was to brag about killing two men in the ring. In fact he did not kill two men. He did not threaten men and intimidate women. A recent film depicted Max Baer as a monster. In reality, Max Baer was one of our nation's beloved boxers, an infectious personality and a warm human being.

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