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    1939 Joe Louis Training Used Medicine Ball. We'll let the vintage text carefully painted on the ancient leather supply the important details: "Medicine Ball Used by Joe Louis at Main Street Gym, L.A. CA. in Training Sessions for Title Defense against Jack Roper 4-7-1939, Gilmore Stadium Los Angeles, Calif. Winner, Louis 1st Rd. Knockout." After the loss, Roper offered this classic mea culpa: "I zigged when I should have zagged."

    Ball is a bit larger than a standard basketball and weight seven and a half pound (7.5 lbs.). A small tear in a seam opposite the text reveals some of the padding inside and the leather laces are split, otherwise the piece is solid.

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