The Cinderella Man put the world’ most prestigious athletic championship in the freezer for two whole years after beating Max Baer. He finally took a big payday to fight Joe Louis, and we all know what happened. Braddock has been painted as the Everyman, the popular people’s champ who overcame the odds to show that ‘one of us’ could do something great during the tough times of the Great Depression. Yet the people’s champ didn’t do anything with the belt after he won it. Why? I know there was talk of a fight with Schmeling and many did not want the heavyweight crown landing in Hitler’s lap, which is understandable. But Max wasn’t the only possible challenger out there — a Baer rematch or a couple of easy defenses to please the public could surely have been arranged. Anyone have any insight into why he put the belt on the shelf?