The real Rocky Marciano

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Born Rocco Francis Marchegiano, he was raised 
on the south side of Brockton, Massachusetts, to 
Pierino Marchegiano and Pasqualina Picciuto. Both 
of his parents were immigrants from Italy. His father 
was from Ripa Teatina, Abruzzo, while his mother 
was from San Bartolomeo in Galdo, Campania. 

Rocky had two brothers, Louis (aka Sonny) and 
Peter, and three sisters, Alice, Concetta and Elizabeth. 
When he was about 18 months old, Marciano 
contracted pneumonia, from which he almost died.
In his youth, he worked out on homemade 
weightlifting equipment (later in his life, 
Marciano was also a client of Charles Atlas)
 and used a stuffed mailbag that hung from 
a tree in his back yard as a heavy bag. 
He attended Brockton High School, where he 
played both baseball and football. However, he 
was cut from the school baseball team because 

he had joined a church league, violating a school 
rule forbidding players from joining other teams. 
He dropped out of school after finishing tenth grade.

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