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Rocky Marciano was born on September 1 1923 in BrocktonMassachusetts to Mr and Mrs Pierino Marchegiano Rocky would live a pretty normal life until 18 months of age when he would contract pneumonian Pneumonia was an infection which would nearly kill Rocky but through his strong constitution he would be able to suvive without impairment Even at a young age Rocky would have exceptional physical strength as he would grow up on his moms Italian cooking Rocky also developed his physical strength at a young age through living across the street from the James Edgar Playground where he began the habit of exercising to his limit Rocky would further develop his boxing skills through punching a stuffed mail sack that hung off of an oak tree in his backyard Through Rocky growing up in a working class multiethnic enviroment in NewYork he would be involved in many altercations that would help him develop into one of the greatest boxers At age 14 however Rockys notriety as a baseball slugger would overtake his reputation as a slugger with his fists The legend of his athletic powers would begin at age 15 as he would blast homeruns as a clean up hitter for the American Legion Team At age 15 Rocky would enter Brockton Highschooland he would take up football In the fall of his sophmore year Rocky would win the position of center on the varsity football team One of Rockys most memorable moments had occured on the football field as well when he intercepted a pass and went 60 yardsfor a touchdown against archrival New Bedford The following spring of his sophmore year Rocky would become the first string catcher on the BHS varsity baseball team Rocky had threw rocket like throws and was one of New Yorks best catchers until he threw his arm out Rocky then would be moved to right field and due to him being slow he
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