Joe's siblings were, Vunice, DeLeon, Eulalia, Alvanius, Lonnie, and Susie.
Joe Louis hobbies included watching the Detroit Tiger's play baseball, horseback riding, and making cabinets.
Jimmy Cannon (about Louis): Joe Louis is a credit to his race--the human race.
Louis (about upcoming opponent Billy Conn): He can run but he can't hide.
Louis was rumored to have used cocaine quite frequently during the latter years of his life.
Louis' post-boxing years were plagued by struggles with the IRS over back taxes he supposedly owed.
Louis was extrememely proud of his military service in World War II and many credit him with being the driving force behind President Truman's decision to end segregation in the military in 1948. Of course, others such as Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell saw Louis' military service as prima facie evidence that he was an Uncle Tom.
Louis once appeared as the Mystery Guest on an episode of What's My Line?
Max Schmeling reportedly paid for Louis' funeral although some accounts say it was Frank Sinatra who did so. Whatever the case, Schmeling did serve as a pallbearer at the funeral.
Louis was pictured on a 29 cent commemorative postage stamp issued by the Postal Service in 1993.
Louis had two children with his first wife, Marva: a son named Joe, Jr. and a daughter named Jacquelin.
Joe Louis was married three times: to Marva Trotter from 1937-45, to Rose Morgan from 1955-58, and to Martha Jackson from 1959 until his death.
Louis wrestled professionally for two years in the 1950's until health problems forced him to retire.
Louis stood 6 feet, 1 1/2 inches tall.
Louis was trained by a former heavyweight boxer named Jack Blackburn.
Louis and the first black heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson, detested each other.
Louis is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Louis once appeared as himself on an episode of Quincy.
Ring Magazine named Louis its Fighter of the Year four times.
Louis has a sports arena in Detroit named after him called Joe Louis Arena. Joe Louis Arena, also called The Joe and JLA, is located in downtown Detroit. The Detroit Red Wings play in the building.
Louis became good friends with former foe Max Schmeling during their later years.
In 1951, Louis lost his final fight when future heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano knocked him out in the 8th round.
In his first comeback fight in 1950, Louis lost to Ezzard Charles who had won the tournament to fill the vacant heavyweight title.
Louis retired from boxing in 1949 but returned to the ring the following year because he needed money.
Louis won his rematch with Max Schmeling in 1938 by knocking him out in the first round.
The record of Joe Louis: 68 wins, 3 losses, 54 wins by knockout.
In 1937, Louis won the heavyweight title when he knocked out The Cinderella Man, James J. Braddock, in the 8th round.
In 1936, Louis suffered his first loss when he was knocked out in the 12th round by former heavyweight champion Max Schmeling.
Louis criticized Muhammad Ali when he refused to join the armed forces in 1967. The Ali lovers in the media called him an Uncle Tom for doing so.
Louis is buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. His grave is next to the grave of actor Lee Marvin.
In his later years, Louis lived in Las Vegas where he worked as a greeter for Caesar's Palace casino.
Louis, in his autobiography, claimed to have had affairs with actresses Lana Turner, Sonja Henie, and Lena Horne.
In Louis' first professional fight he won by a knockout in the first round.
Louis turned professional boxer in 1934 after winning the Golden Gloves heavyweight championship of Michigan.
Louis worked at the Ford Motor plant in Detroit before taking up boxing full-time.
When Louis began boxing he billed himself Joe Louis using his first and middle names because he didn't want his mother to find out.
Louis and his family moved to Detroit from the cotton fields of Alabama in 1924.
Louis' father was a sharecropper who later abandoned his family.
Joe Louis: Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.
Joe Louis: I hope they're still making women like my momma. She always told me to do the right thing. She always told me to have pride in myself; she said a good name is better than money.
Joe Louis: I made the most of my ability and I did my best with my title.
Joe Louis: Let me tell you, that was a thrill. Now, even more, I knew I had to get Schmeling good.
Louis: I don't like money, actually, but it quiets my nerves.
Joe Louis: Once that bell rings you're on your own. It's just you and the other guy...
Joe Louis: Yeah, I'm scared. I'm scared I might kill Schmeling.