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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Dillinger played ball before he robbed banks

Harry G. Leslie couldn’t take his eyes off the shortstop.

As governor of Indiana, Leslie had gotten into the habit of taking in some sports on his visits to the state’s penitentiaries—a former star athlete at Purdue, he believed in the rehabilitative power of organized competition, and he took an interest in inmates who applied themselves and excelled. So it wasn’t unusual that, during a trip to the Indiana Reformatory on a sunny afternoon in 1932, he decided to stop and watch the reformatory’s baseball team take on a local semipro club. And one prisoner in particular kept grabbing his attention.

“His play was marvelous, both in the field and at bat,” the Indianapolis Star later recalled. “He might have been a Major League shortstop the caliber of a Pee Wee Reese or a Phil Rizzuto.”

After another jaw-dropping putout, the governor had to know—who was this guy? A nearby guard had his answer: “That’s Johnny Dillinger.”

Wonder if he would have been willing to play softball with all of us…..


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