Continuing the We Didn't Start the Fire roll call . . .
Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, Television,
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe
Rosenbergs, H-Bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, The King And I, and The Catcher In The Rye
Eisenhower, Vaccine, England's got a new queen
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye
Rocky Marciano (1924-1969) is the only heavyweight world champion to retire undefeated. He became world heavyweight champ in 1952 when he defeated Jersey Joe Walcott with a knockout in the 13th round.
“What could be better than walking down any street in any city and knowing you're the heavyweight champion of the world?”
After knocking out Jersey Joe Walcott to capture the heavyweight crown.
“That was a fucking dumb question. If I didn't think I was gonna win, why the hell would I be fighting?!”
To a reporter who asked if he thought he'd win his upcoming fight against Joe Louis.
“Why waltz with a guy for 10 rounds if you can knock him out in one?”
“I don't want to be remembered as a beaten champion.”
Explaining why he wouldn't come out of retirement for a big payday against heavyweight champion Ingemar Johansson.
“Roland La Starza was tough, but Ezzard Charles was the toughest man I ever fought. I learned what pain was all about when I fought him.”
Reminiscing about his toughest opponent Ezzard Charles