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It couldn't have been bettered by Hollywood. The son of a factory hand, Rocco Marchegiano fought his way from obscurity to the world heavyweight championship. Here are some of the high points in his almost folk-hero life
Ballplayer as a teen-ager in Brockton, Rocky later failed in tryout for Cubs.
Last defeat came when Amateur Coley Wallace won close bout in 1948 Golden Gloves.
Rocky victim Carmine Vingo almost died after he was knocked out in 1949 fight.
Remorseful Rocky prayed for Vingo's recovery, also paid bills.
Rocky married Barbara Cousins in 1950 after year's delay by Al Weill.
Expectant parents displayed tiny tot gloves and shorts after Rocky won title fight.
Champion's father relaxed with Rocky, who retired him from factory work.