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Mickey Cohen at Center of Underworld Probe; Comedy of Errors at Wrigley Field, April 2, 1949

April 2, 2009 |  6:00 am


The San Bernardino County Grand Jury finds widespread corruption in the Sheriff's Department.
What do we find in the 1949 paper but Mickey Cohen in the middle of the Alfred Pearson scandal. To vastly simply the story, Pearson picked up a $4,000 house for $26.50 at a marshal's sale after he brought a lien against the owner -- a widow -- for an $8 bill at his radio repair shop. Cohen talks about this incident at length in his autobiography, claiming that Mayor Fletcher Bowron wanted him to "take care of" Pearson because Pearson was unfairly exploiting the law. Also notice the late Sam Rummel, attorney who was shot to death outside his home in December 1950. The Times called him "underworld mouthpiece" Sam Rummel. 

Alfred Pearson offers a deal to return the widow's home.

San Bernardino County Sheriff James Stocker denies corruption charges.

Susan Hayward has as good as signed a deal for "My Foolish Heart," based on a J.D. Salinger story.

Just a guess but I think "Nancy" is referring to a Ponzi scheme ... and we have a seriously unfunny "Ferd'nand."

1949_0402_sports I'm no baseball purist. Low-scoring games bore me as do contests filled with well-executed plays by highly compensated stars. Maybe it has something to do with all the years I spent watching Little League games but I find baseball is best when it's unpredictable.

My two sons went with me to spring training in Arizona recently and we saw two games in one day, a crisp Angels game in Tempe followed by a wild and sloppy Giants game in Scottsdale that included a nine-run inning and several horrible plays. I'll take the Giants game any day.

The old Los Angeles Angels won such a contest at Wrigley Field, defeating the Seattle Rainiers 12-10. But as The Times' Al Wolf wrote, "They really didn't win at all."

Carmen Mauro's pinch-hit, three-run home run was the difference with two outs in the ninth inning. If things were only that simple.

With one out, Dick Wilson struck out and reached first base when the ball got away from the catcher. The runner at first advanced to second. Wilson should have been out automatically--a hitter can't advance on a strikeout if there's a runner already at first. That should have been the second out.

Eddie Malone popped out and that should have been the ballgame. Instead that was the second out. Mauro then homered.

The Rainiers should have protested and they did--in the first inning over a completely different matter.

"[Seattle] Manager Jo-Jo White ... fell asleep--along with the umpires and all the Seattle players--when he had a real kick coming in the ninth and fateful inning," Wolf wrote.

They missed some ending.

--Keith Thursby