|Ticket to Joe Louis - Jim Braddock fight, 1937
Joe Louis's victory over Jim Braddock in the eighth round was not only a matter of pride for Chicago's African American community, it was also a boost for the local economy. Of some 60,000 attending the fight, about 75 percent were visitors to Chicago. Included in the audience were governors, congressmen, a cabinet member, and diplomats. United Airlines flew six extra 21-seat planes to Chicago. The largest hotels were booked six weeks in advance; the few remaining hotel rooms were going for twice their usual cost.
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