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
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
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
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.