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GeoVerse™091: Al Capone & The Chicago Cubs

One of the few people in Chicago who was more famous than the athletes was former gangster Al Capone, who loved sports. Though he was a South Side resident, Capone loved the Cubs. How much did he love them? Capone planned to make Cubs owner William Wrigley “an offer he couldn’t refuse” and worked with multiple players and executives to help them in several ways behind the scenes. Capone’s involvement with the Cubs was unknown the general public (and commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis), but all of that changed when Cubs legend Gabby Hartnett was photographed laughing with Capone before a game. Learn more about the (in)famous photograph that has been a sports fan favorite for generations.

 

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