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 signing a film contract to star in a series of six pictures. He is pictured with his co-star Clarence Muse and Martin Finkelstein. An International News Photo. This original wirephoto of Joe Louis is 6 1/2" x 8 1/2." There is a crease in the upper right corner. Clean image with no rips or tears.