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SENTIMENTAL STORY OF ROCKY
Joan Flynn Dreyspool
May 07, 1956
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
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May 07, 1956

Sentimental Story Of Rocky

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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.

Hitting big time, Rocky signed for Joe Louis bout in 1951. Bored Louis looked other way as IBC's Harry Markson and Billy Brown (right) told Rocky where to sign.

Big hero after kayo of Louis, he rode through Brockton to cheers.

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.

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