On 6/19/36 Joe Louis lost a fight for the first time during his professional career. His opponent was the well-trained Max Schmeling, who found a chink in Louis' armor. A bit more than two years to the date, Louis got his revenge against Schmeling with a first round TKO on 6/22/38. As it was for the 1936 bout, Yankees Stadium served as the venue for this 1938 Louis vs Schmeling heavyweight championship fight news service photo lot of (4).
The highlight and largest of these vintage photographs measures 9-1/2 x 7-1/2" and sees the German challenger down on the mat for the third time in the first round, with his manager throwing in his towel, causing referee Arthur Donovan to call the fight while Louis looks on calmly from a corner. This defining moment photo presents as (EX+) with deference to a patch of editorial blackout in the field at top left.
Next we have (2) 7x9 photos with 1.) Louis and Schmeling going toe to toe (VG); and 2.) Louis over a downed Schmeling, with referee Donovan on his toes poised to bolt between the combatants (NM).
The final photo of this rousing quartet is an 8x6 shot of Louis sparring in preparation of his second match against Schmeling (EX-MT).