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Rocky Marciano (September 1, 1923 – August 31, 1969), born Rocco Francis Marchegiano, was an American boxer and the heavyweight champion of the world from September 23, 1952, to April 27, 1956. Marciano is the only champion to hold the heavyweight title and go untied, undefeated throughout his career. Marciano defended his title six times. He holds notable wins over Ezzard Charles and Joe Louis. In 1969, on the eve of his 46th birthday, Marciano was a passenger in a small private plane, a Cessna 172 headed to Des Moines, Iowa. It was at night, and bad weather set in. The pilot, Glenn Belz, had only 231 total hours of flying time, only 35 of them at night, and was not certified to fly in Instrument Meteorological Conditions. Belz tried to set the plane down at a small airfield outside Newton, Iowa, but hit a tree two miles short of the runway. Rocky, Belz, and 22-year-old Frankie Farrell (son of Italian mobster Louis Fratto) were killed on impact. The National Transportation Safety Board report said, "The pilot attempted an operation exceeding his experience and ability level, continued visual flight rules under adverse weather conditions, and experienced spatial disorientation in the last moments of the flight." Marciano was on his way to give a speech to support a friend's son and there was a surprise birthday celebration waiting for him. He had hoped to return early morning for his 46th birthday celebration with his wife. He was coming from a dinner in Chicago at STP CEO Andy Granatelli's home. Offered here is an original copy of the New England Boxing Newsgram for September 4, 1969 with a picture of Rocky Marciano on the cover with an announcement of his passing.
This is an original publication. 6 pages complete. Has a center crease. Some rust spots at the staples. Minor edge wear. Cover loose form interior. 6" x 9 1/2."

Size: 6 x 9 1/2

Condition: good