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Al Capone played semi-pro baseball before turning to crime



Al Capone played semi-pro baseball before turning to crime

Before he hit the head, Al Capone hit the baseballs for the semi-pro team in Brooklyn.

“Scarface” – born and raised in harsh downtown Brooklyn – stars as the first baseman to swing and fireball from 1916 to 1918 with his brother Ralph, according to Montreal gangster historian Mario Gomes, chief myalcaponemuseum, who recently found evidence of don’s double life on diamonds.

“The Capones are not born criminals. They participate in church events, raising funds, feeding the poor,” Gomes, 55, told The Post.

He said that he “discovered” the recent heroic machete horse heroism while researching old newspaper clippings about the Young Men Catholic Club, which is located on the streets of Prince and Concord in Park Slope next to St. Church. Michael.

Ralph Capone, who was born in Angri, Italy, started playing soccer in 1912 when he was 18 years old with a team called Algeria.

Al, who is five years younger, will “wherever Ralph goes” and both play for St. Michael in 1916, said Gomes. When the list began to be reversed, the brothers formed Al Capone Stars in 1918.

“He was the boss even then,” Gomes said.

Ralph began as a pitcher and teenager Al was the first right-handed baseman when the team played teams such as Dundees and Lockport A.C.

“The team wasn’t very good at the start; they lost most of their game, “Gomes said. But they found their steps as Al moved from the first base to the mound. The beginner gangster is muscular 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds. “He didn’t get fat until he went to Chicago,” Gomes said.

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A newspaper clipping about the game Al Capone Stars.
A newspaper clipping about the game Al Capone Stars.

“That works better with Al pitching and Ralph playing first or third and switching with Charlie Fischetti’s cousin,” Gomes said. (It is unknown whether Fischetti has a rifle for his arms, but he will later get the nickname “Happy Trigger” while serving as his cousin’s bodyguard.)

Even as a soccer player, Capone brings heat – and makes headlines.

“The feature of this game is twirling Al Capone, who inhales 15 opponent batsmen. Al got three hits, including a double, “said the story of June 6, 1918 at Brooklyn Citizen about the 13-6 team’s victory over Lockport. The 1916 game attracted 3,000 fans.

“That’s local baseball which is covered by local newspapers – Residents of Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Times-Union,” Gomes said. One reason this rich background has been avoided by historians for so long is because the name Capone is often incorrectly spelled as “Caponey or Carponey.”

Al gave up baseball in late 1918 when his girlfriend Mae became pregnant with their son Albert Francis “Sonny” Capone. The arrogant father received his famous facial scar four days after Sonny’s Dec 4th birth, when he was slashed three times on the left side of his head on Union Street and Fourth Avenue.

“That’s a shame,” Gomes said. “Al … should have commented on this Italian brother and he would not stop teasing her. He finally knew he was wrong.”

A few weeks later, Capone married Mae. “He must be serious,” said the historian.

Gomes – who has been credited in more than 25 crime books and even slept in the room where Scarface died – became obsessed with Capone after watching Robert De Niro’s frightening depiction of Chicago crime bosses in the 1987 film, “The Untouchable,” which depicts Capone’s rivalry real life with G-man Eliot Ness.

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Robert De Niro in “The Untouchables”

Regarding the horrific scene in which Capone drove a traitor wiseguy to death during a black tie dinner with a baseball bat, Gomes said it did happen – but in an Indiana middle house, not a luxury hotel in Chicago.

Gomes offers scouting reports of these two meanings in the gangster hall of fame:

“He is a strong hitter and he does a lot of attacks.”

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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