Al Capone to Listen to Game 3 From Eastern State PenitentiaryPosted: October 7, 2012 | Author: Johnny Goodtimes | Filed under: 1929 World Series Project | Tags: Al Capone, Cubs | Leave a comment »
The Cubs most notorious fan (above, getting an autograph from Cubs catcher Gabby Hartnett) will be in Philadelphia for Game 3 of the Series, but don’t expect him to have front row seats at Shibe. He’ll be listening from his cell at Eastern State Penitentiary, where he’s been locked up since he was convicted of a gun charge in May. According to the Inquirer, a loudspeaker will broadcast the game in the exercise yard, and the prisoners will listen there. Of course, Capone may choose to just listen to the game in his cell. He’s been supplied with a radio in there.
According to Inky wit George Dixon, “A rumor that Capone had inveigled Warden Smith into betting his uniform against a nice new automatic was denied in toto.”