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!
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
The film was great and so was the character of Mr. Braddock. He is what a champion is supposed to be and he was not only an excellent fighter, but a man of character.
Mark Norris - Hollywood, California USA
I have to admit that after watching the movie I can remember my mother mentioning that the actor Max Baer, of the Beverly Hillibillies, had a father that was a boxer/fighter. She said he was a champion, but the man who beat him and won the champsionship, was more of a champion out of the ring than in it. I couldn't remember his name, just the "actor's dad". What a shame that my mother had passed away before the movie came out. I love movies like Gone With the Wind, Wizard of Oz, Dances with Wolves and Cinderella Man. I know that movies are sometimes "spiced up" a little to make it more interesting. It is so nice to have a movie that the whole family can enjoy and hopefully learn from. The hardships of the Depression alone are a challenge that "us" younger generation have never even thought of today. I do believe in the pictures you have allowed us to view, shows a great love between your mother and father and the love for the children. The love and pride your father had in keeping his word and at the same time keeping his family together. I have purchased the movie and even watch in on cable over and over, learning new things. We are so lucky to have been allowed to love your family, and to cherish the little things we have taken for granted through easy times, ratherless the trying times.
Again, thank you for sharing the life of your family and the Pride of Jersey. I wish we all good "fight" for milk, the whole world would be such a better place.
Nancy - Brandon, Florida USA
seventy years later james j.braddock is still an inspiration. extraordinary life and inspirational and fantastic man.
one of a kind.
p.s. sorry for any grammar mistakes
Dejan Nenkovic - Belgrade, Serbia Serbia
liked the movie about mr. bradock the man had good hands and a lot of heart wish i could have met him.
Roger Campbell - Toccoa, Ga. Us
Watched the film and thought it was fantastic! What an amazing story and what courage - inspirational!
Sacha Serfaty - London, London Uk
I just wanted to thank the entire Braddock family, specifically James & Mae who are an inspiration to everyone and are the greatest example of the honest, hard-working, never give up American spirit. I am proud to live in a country where examples such as the Braddocks light the way for my generation and those to come! God Bless!
Bryan Kneiding - Los Angeles, California USA
Great movie and real life story, although missing Bernard(Barney) Doyle, his manager later in his boxing life, and family member of mine, it makes me proud to see it over and over.
Keith Hermann - Manville, Nj USA
7/16/06 We just watched the movie and thoroughly enjoyed it. Your family was so beautifully portrayed - the love and loyalty have to an inspiration to all who see this film. You three should be so very proud! Sandy and Dale Weaver
Sandy And Dale Weaver - East Wenatchee, Washington 98802 USA
Our family really enjoyed the movie and story of the entire Braddock Family overcoming adversity during the tough times of the Depression!
Thanks, The Mc Carthy's
Brian P. Mc Carthy - Lenexa, Kansas USA