View Full Version : Curse Of The Buckbino

07-18-2004, 10:21 PM
From the NY POST


Exactly three weeks before the World Series was to begin, a tall, beefy, red-faced man in a white suit and bright bow tie stepped out of a taxi and walked in Boston's Hotel Buckminster. His name was Joseph "Sport" Sullivan. His occupation: bookmaker and gambler.

So wrote Eliot Asinof in his classic "Eight Men Out," which detailed the Black Sox scandal. Asinof notes that Sullivan moved through the hotel's "musty lobby" to place a call to "Chick" Gandil, the 6-foot-2, 32-year-old first baseman for the Black Sox. A former boxer, Gandil knew how to take a fall. Sullivan was summoned to Gandil's room, where the ballplayer told him, "I think we can put it in the bag!" The fix was in.

07-19-2004, 06:17 AM
[ During World War II, a portion of the Buckminster housed Italian prisoners of war]

I don't buy into the curse or hocus pocus stuff. I found the part about Italian POW's interesting.

Mike Royko once wrote why the Italian soldiers wore brown pants.....far from the Hollywood Mafia tough guy image of Italian/Sicilians.:tongue: