A founding author of Sports Illustrated, my grandma has been
nominated to join the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Margery Miller Welles -my grandma- witnessed one of the
most important sporting events in American history in 1938 at age 15 when
her father took her to Yankee Stadium to watch Joe Louis fight Max Schmeling.
For her Wellesley College thesis she wrote a bio of Joe titled,
"Joe Louis: American" which was published before she graduated in 1945 and
reviewed by Ring Magazine founder Nat Fleischer and Eleanor Roosevelt.
|My grandma's Wellesley senior thesis- "Joe Louis: American"|
‘After I got out of sight of the house.’ Joe says, ‘I wanted powerful bad to lift up the cover on that basket. I wasn’t going to do anything wrong- just look at that chicken and maybe smell it, ‘cause it was warm and I knew it would smell good. So I lifted up the cover and looked inside. Oh, my, how that smelled! I sat down under a shade tree, and I really got to work on that chicken. When I got to the fields and my brothers saw what I had done, they whipped me good but it was worth it.’”