Joe Louis was born on May 13, 1914 in Lafayette, Alabama. On June 22, 1937 he won the World Heavyweight Title from James J. Braddock. He retired after losing to Rocky Marciano on October 26, 1951. His final record was 63-3. Presented here is an original wirephoto of Joe Louis with Jimmy Braddock, Tony Canzoneri and Tommy Loughran cutting Louis' birthday cake. International News Photo. This original wirephoto of Joe Louis and others is 6 1/2" x 8 1/2." The corners are slightly soft. Clean image with no rips or tears.