ROCKY MARCIANO RETIRES – The Brockton Rock won 49 straight
April 27, 1956 – Undefeated World Heavyweight Boxing Champ Rocky Marciano announced his retirement. The Brockton Rock had won all 49 of his fights, with 43 wins coming on knockouts.
He successfully defended his title six times. Marciano first became the heavyweight champion when he knocked out Jersey Joe Walcott in 1952. He was killed in an airplane crash the day before his 46th birthday.
Dick Trowbridge was one of Schalmont Central High School’s best all-around athletes ever. He played during the early 1960s. Trowbridge was named the Rotterdam Athlete of the year in 1963. He beat out Dick Ellis, a high scoring basketball star for Draper for the award. Trowbridge was only 5’9″, but he excelled as a durable running back with a nose for the end zone in football. He also was a .300 hitter with a steady glove in baseball, and a double-digit scorer with quick hands at the defensive end of the floor in basketball. Trowbridge was an All-Suburban Council pick by the Schenectady Gazette.
June 25, 1948 – Joe Louis beat Jersey Joe Walcott to remain the Heavyweight Champion of the World. After the fight, the “Brown Bomber” announced his retirement from the ring. Louis became the heavyweight champ when he knocked out Jim Braddock on June 22, 1937 and defended his title 25 times before retiring. Continue reading Joe Louis, Desperate, Attempts Comeback