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The Black Sox Scandal 100 years later

October 5, 2019

It was unseasonably hot at Cincinnati’s Redland Field for the debut game of the 1919 World Series. For the first time in memory, baseball fans attended the Fall Classic in their shirtsleeves. The October 1 series opener, the first since 1918’s was suspended because of World War I, had few of the customary formalities, aside from the famed John Phillip Souza directing a band playing “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” The series pitted the National League’s Cincinnati Reds against the American League’s Chicago White Sox, the winner of the 1917 series. Since the core of the Sox’s team remained, including batting ...

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Mob TV shows, movies put New York on center stage

When it comes to Mob movies and television shows, New York is in the spotlight again. Two television series focused…

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Murder of Gambino boss triggered flawed theories

The evening of March 13, 2019, the relative calm of a residential neighborhood on Staten Island in New York City…

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Organized Crime Roundup: Mobs killed 1 million from 2000-2017, big Mafia takedown in Italy and more

Criminals kill far more people than do armed conflicts and terrorist attacks put together, and organized crime groups and street…

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Mob fixer Johnny Rosselli is back in the spotlight

“Strategist.” That word on Johnny Rosselli’s business card summed up his role as a Mob fixer whose colorful adult life,…

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Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar spent seven years on Forbes list of world’s richest

In the summer of 1989, the world’s most wanted drug lord had narrowly averted assassination, challenged extradition treaties, dared the…

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Santo Trafficante Sr., a ‘Sicilian of the old school,’ ruled Tampa’s underworld for more than a decade

On August 12, 1954, Tampa, Florida, Mafia boss Santo Trafficante Sr. died from stomach cancer. Laid to rest in a…

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New Mob movies focus on women

Women are taking center stage in several Mob movie projects now in the news. Hitting movie theaters this summer is…

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