Born 101 years ago in eastern Alabama on May 13, 1914, the son of sharecroppers, Joseph Louis Barrow moved with his mother to Detroit when he was 12. He took up boxing as a teenager, running up an amateur record of 50-4 and winning the national AAU title before turning pro in 1934. Fighting as Joe Louis, he quickly became a sensation, going undefeated and scoring 15 knockouts in his first 19 bouts. The "Brown Bomber" finished his professional boxing career 66-3, winning 52 fights by knockout. Louis died in 1981 and the following year he was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.