Despite a broken hand and the hatred crowd brought upon him, he never hesitated to do his best on the rink while fighting towards the strongest man on the boxing business. Johnston fired Braddock as the great depression hit, leaving JJB with nothing to come home with. Their money was on tight conditions but when his son Howard came home with a stolen salami, he didn’t think twice on giving it back. He could’ve kept it because they were starving but instead he went back and gave the salami and apologized.
Mae Braddock, Jim’s wife, loved her husband very much, rich or poor she wanted no one other than James J. Braddock. They had three children, James, Howard and Rosie. When one of their children got sick, she decided to send them away to her sister so that they could keep on eye on him and they could be safer. Jim disagreed with Mae’s decision and decided to consult his former boxing buddies for help to pay the bills in order to make their home a safer environment for the kids. Although Mae knew people frowned upon asking others for money, she stood by Jim careless to what others would say.