- Luckett V. Davis
Braddock, Jim (07 June 1906–29 November 1974), world heavyweight boxing champion, was born James Walter Braddock in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood on the West Side of Manhattan, New York City, the sixth child of Joseph Braddock, an English-born furniture mover, and Elizabeth O'Toole Braddock. Soon after his birth, the family soon moved to Guttenberg (later North Bergen), New Jersey, where he attended St. Joseph Parochial School. His schooling ended at age thirteen after he knocked out another boy in a fight. He worked as a telegraph messenger, errand boy, printer's devil, and teamster and began his amateur boxing career at age seventeen, turning professional at age twenty, in 1926. He was managed throughout his boxing career by Joe Gould, who renamed him “James J. Braddock,” after former heavyweight champions ...