The U.S. Olympic committee was threatening to spoil the party by boycotting the 1936 Olympic games. Hitler looked to Germany's best known international athlete, Max Schmeling, for help.
A lightweight at 135 pounds, Blackburn fought well against larger men.
Hitler won supporters by speaking out against the post-WWI terms that had punished Germany.
Jack Miley, sports columnist for the New York Daily News, admitted he underestimated Max Schmeling in 1936.