The Swinger from Binger

LONG before Rocky Marciano proved that under Marquess of Queensbury rules he could beat up anyone in the world, the late heavyweight champion earned a considerable reputation as a catcher. In fact, he claimed the Chicago Cubs offered him a handsome bonus to sign with their National League baseball club. As the Rock told it, he carefully weighed the choice of careers presented him, and finally selected the spaciousness of the prizefighting ring over the confines of home plate. When asked if she was dismayed by his decision, his mother reportedly replied:...

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