Before glory, Braddock was down to his last dime

On the 70th anniversary of James J. Braddock's upset of Max Baer Sr. for the heavyweight title, ESPN.com excerpts a chapter from ESPN anchor Jeremy Schaap's profile of Braddock, "Cinderella Man."

Updated: August 17, 2005, 7:22 PM ET
By Jeremy Schaap | Special to ESPN.com

Editor's note: On June 13, 1935, James J. Braddock completed one of the most unlikely comebacks in sports history: He defeated Max Baer for the world heavyweight title little more than a year after being an unemployable boxer, a fighter with one good hand and six cents to his name. ESPN anchor and national correspondent Jeremy Schaap's book "Cinderella Man" chronicles Braddock's life and explains how he became a folk hero for a nation in desperate need of one. ESPN.com excerpts a chapter from ...

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