The Big League Pitcher Who Moonlighted In The Baseball Offseason As A Mob Enforcer

Ralph “Blackie” Schwamb was a promising right-handed pitcher who had a cup of coffee in the big leagues in 1948 when he was just 22. He never got back to the majors, which wasn’t because he didn’t have talent but because he spent more than a decade in prison after being convicted of killing a doctor to allegedly help pay off a debt he owed to a mobster.

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Andrew Martin

Andrew Martin

Dabbler in history, investing & writing. Master’s degree in baseball history. Passionate about diversity, culture, sports, investing and crypto.