“On June 22, 1938 Joe Louis’s greatness was vindicating the American principle of liberty for all not just in America but to ‘people of all colors everywhere.’”


Sports fairly practiced—especially individual sports—are a great meritocracy revealing, for all the world to see, the beauty of excellence. In American history, sports have also been an arena for the working out of the great American principle of “liberty to all.” Only by living up to this principle, which is the measure of America, is it possible for sports or any other pursuit to take a just measure of human greatness. Enter boxing great Joe Louis. This episode is in memory of Patrick J. Garrity.


  • Narrator: Chris Flannery
  • Audio Producer: Derek Wood
  • Music Supervisor: Blake Huxell
  • Music Composer: Ian Berry
  • Mixing Engineer: Jacob Meyer
  • Historian: Patrick Garrity