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Rocky: 1954

Rocky: 1954

Middleweight boxing champion Rocky Graziano in New York in 1954, photographed by John Vachon and Phillip Harrington for the Look magazine article "The Fight of My Life." View full size.

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D A N seems to have a sharp eye.

This looks like the shorter building across the street.

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Lived on the east side

In the 70's he was frequently seen on the upper east side (2nd & 63rd St). I'd see him walking a small dog on my way to work at Sloan Kettering. I doubt that's where the photo was taken.

East 10th st?

I'd sure like to know the location also. I grew up in the city and met Rocky in the 60s by Kips Bay where he had a pizza joint. 2 fellow classmates were going at it in the pizzeria and being a big mouth 17 yr old I asked him if he wanted to fight also. Of course I had a big SMILE when I said that!

Possible Car ID

@Lost World: The car in front of the Hudson looks to me like a '33 Chevy.

East 10th Street?

That appears to be 770 Broadway in the distance (center of photograph, top edge). Is he sitting on the roof of 229 East 10th Street?

Car ID

Can anyone give me a make and year for that 1930-ish black sedan, the one parked in front of the Hudson Hornet (or is it a Hudson Commodore, hard for me to tell)?

Nylon Socks

I notice that Rocky G. seems to have favored the sheer footwear with Italian style shoes as seen on Mickey Rourke in the 1984 film, "Pope of Greenwich Village". I'll have to see that unforgettable film again and have another look.

Somebody Up There Likes Rocky

Paul Newman portrayed him in the 1956 biopic Somebody Up There Likes Me.

Rock Don't Do It!

Rocky, step away from the ledge! We know that the pants don't flatter your torso, but they aren't "that" hideous and tomorrow is another day!

Rocky Who?

I'm sure I won't be the first to post this, but the fellow in the picture looks like Rocky Graziano, not Marciano.

[THANK YOU II. - Dave]

Wrong Rock

The gentleman in the photo is former middleweight champ Rocky Graziano aka Thomas Rocco Barbella.

[THANK YOU. - Dave]

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