Welcome to the official guestbook of the James J Braddock website. Do you have any memories of the Champ you'd like to share? Post them here!
Thank God for those in our midst who show the courage and integrity of a Jimmy Braddock. When I need a dose of inspiration and strength, after getting off my knees, I watch the one and only "Cinderella man".
Bruce Forsyth - College Station, Texas Usa
I was awestruck by the movie and the man, James J. Braddock. What a courageous, honest, and dedicated family man he was. His family must be very proud of him.
Joyce - Ledgewood, Nj USA
I have seen a lot of boxing movies, but Cinderella Man was the best so far, at least in my opionion. Jimmy Braddock is an inspiration that should be spread around the world.
Mike - Chicago, Illinois U.s.a
What a great movie- I am not a fan of boxing but Jimmy Braddock was such an inspiration and gives hope for the future to those who are seeing hard times
Kate - Bethpage, Ny USA
My 18 y/o son and I just finished watching "Cinderella Man". Interestingly enough this opened a conversation about the Great Depression and how people were forced to live. It was wonderful to see that Jim Braddock could live such an honorable life despite the odds. We thought that if more people lived like that in todays world, it would be a much better place.
P.S. We really enjoyed the "real life" photo gallery.
Emiy - Crockett, Ca USA
Just finished watching Cinderella Man with my young son. Being a single mother of a son it is difficult to show to him the basic characteristics of a good man. This movie of Mr. Braddock's life serves as a good example to my son of what a good man is. Mr. Braddock surely was a honest, strong willed, spirited, couragous and loving man. He had obviously had the fight in his belly, the fire in his stomach for providing for his family and loving his wife. This movie is quite inspirational and should be watched by many. Mr. Braddocks character is what the world lacks today. Thanks for sharing his story with us, I will cherish it.
Jennifer - Boston, Mass USA
I hate boxing but LOVED the story of this obviously honest man! Something that seems to be lacking in our society today!
John Eaton - Castlethorpe, Buckinghamshire England
I am a boxing fanatic and recently was able to view Cinderella Man for the first time. I know that a lot of people don't like boxing because they believe it is a barbaric sport, but I believe that Jim Braddock's story teaches us a valuable lesson. Whether or not we fight in a ring in front of thousands of people or have our own personal battle with an everyday problem, we all fight the same enemy.... adversity. If you believe in yourself, anything is possible, and the people who criticize you for trying something "impossible" probably wish they had your courage. The will and determination to succeed and the guts to do what he believed is what makes Jimmy Braddock a true champion.
Ricky - Austin, Tx U.s.a.
I thought that Cinderella Man would be just another story about boxing. It was, in fact, a story about the triumph of a great man. His will and determination are inspirational and a model for all Americans. Given his adversity, he is in my mind the greatest boxer of all time. God bless his family. You must be very proud.
Vincent - St Petersburg, Fl Usa
I watched the movie Cinderella Man and fell in love with this story so much I have watched it 5 times to make sure I miss nothing. I decided to do further research about My Braddock and my journey begins here. This was such a loving man that did what he had to do for his family first and his community second. I sure wish they made men like Mr Braddock in today's society - such grace - boldness - courage and truth in self idenity.
Thank you for letting me be only a small part of looking into this man's life.
Debbie T - Weyburn, Saskatchewan Canada
I recently watched Cindarella Man and I just adored the movie. James Braddock was a truly amazing man with much courage throughtout the lows of his life and he loved his wife and children so very much. I just wanted you to know that I loved the story and I loved his honesty throughout his life.
Laura - Woodbridge, Nj USA
I loved the movie and was determined to find out more about this genuine American hero. Decades later James J. Braddock is still the most inspiring athlete this country has ever known.
Yvonne Valdez - Cibolo, Texas United States
Man , what a story , what a MAN !!!!!!!
Talk about a heart of Gold , this guy was the real deal , rising to the occasion when his family needed him to do so.,iT was so sad to see what this fighter had to overcome after having a great life in the late 1920's.
A BROKEN HAND ,,,why didn't he just let it heal when it happened.I'm sure he needed income so he couldn't stop for 2 months to let it heal up ???
The Max Baer fight was a shock to the entire boxing world but Jimmy's will to not go down or give up & just an amazing determination to do whatever it took to take care of the ones he loved ,,his kids & his wife .
The movie was fantastic although it makes you think Jimmy didn't fight for a long time b4 winning the 1st comeback fight although it was only a 8-9 month layoff .
Cinderella Man is a very inspiring movie , helps you understand & know what the priorities of life are & what could happen if you have no source of income.
Johnny - Rutherford, Nj USA
Watching John Braddock's story on TV was a kind reminder of the struggle a lot of people went through in earlier times. It was so very sad at points. Some of us out here should watch it. Then, we ALL be grateful for all that we have, no matter how little. It truly is a Cinderella story but don't get it twisted. The key to this family's survival was LOVE, HOPE and FAITH...go figure.
K. Whitehead - Richmond, Virginia USA
A great website tribute to a great fighter and a great man! My dad who is eighty-eight years old remebers the Baer fight and knew a lot of the history of Braddock! What a story!
John Carapella - Yorba Linda, Ca. USA
WATCHED THE MOVIE. ITS FUNNY HOW PEOPLE DONT TURN THEIR BACK WHEN THEY NEED YOU. JIM SWALLOWED HIS PRIDE AND DID WHAT HE NEEDEDTO DO FOR HIS FAMILY. WHAT A GUY!!
Rob - Calgary, Alberta Canada
The similarity of this honorable man touches home with the hard times of my early life. I can appreciate this great man and I do mean great man.He is a hero to me and the picture was great to. Thanks mr. braddock for your life story
James L. (jim) Dilley - Muncie, Indiana USA
After seeing Cinderella Man it reminded me of what is important in life.James Braddock is a true inspiration and redefines what the word man really means.
Mike - Cleveland, Oh Usa
the movie was great and jim was the man of men and i'm sure that he didn't mean for baer to be portrayed that way as the film has him as a beast ,boxing is a sport first,and it is what it is fighting ,and both jim and baer did what was ask of them as prize fighters and as gentlemen
Burger - Dorchester, Massachusetts Usa
While I am sure the movie took some liberties with things, Jim Braddock's story of grit and perseverance is one that was worth telling.
Tom - Saint Petersburg, Florida USA
While I am happy for your family and the notoriety it gained you, I am very upset at the portrayal of Max Baer in same movie.
A well like, decent man, was turned into Clubber Lang for dramatic purpose.
Baer felt horrible he was responcible for the death of a man in the ring. He gave the family his purses after. He put
the mans kids through college. He was likeable, and friendly. He hung out with your dad! He was considered a hero in his own right.
Its fine to build your dad up, but not by tearing somebody elses dad down.
Douglas Mcconnell - Syracuse, Ny Untited States
Having grown up in Bergen County, NJ, and being very proud of my home state, i was very moved by "The Cinderella Man" and it intrigued me to further investigate the history of the real Jim Braddock. An amazing man in my opinion, strong like the bulldog he was and ever supportive of his family. Im proud to be a native of Bergen Co, NJ, and admire the spirit of Jim Braddock that carried him through the Great Depression, and the sweet ups and downs of his career. Thanks for keeping his memory and legacy alive.
Christian Macchio - Dumont, New Jersey USA
I enjoyed this site very much. I watched the movie and then came here. BRADDOCK was ALL heart and he shined when he was supposed to. I wish I was alive to see him first hand.
Kenneth W. Larrabee - Ellsowrth, Maine United Tates
great site, thanks for sharing it with the world. wonderful inspiration!
Stephanie H - Vancouver, Bc Canada
A truley inspirational man with buckets of integrity. Would that we all had such character!!
Randy Jarry - Langley, British Columbia Canada