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The Short Life of Hughie McLoon - A True Story of Baseball, Magic & Murder

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Author Allen Abel recounts the interesting story of Hughie McLoon, from baseball to boxing to the mob.

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Join us as author Allen Abel discusses his riveting biography about a diminutive Philadelphia baseball mascot who went on to become a professional boxing manager, speakeasy owner and an undercover source for police. At 26, Hughie McLoon was gunned down in the street, supposedly “collateral damage” in an assassination attempt on the two gangsters he was talking to outside his café, which sold bootleg whiskey and beer from buckets behind the counter.

As a child, McLoon had fallen off a seesaw and never grew taller than 4’2”. Deformed from the accident, he became the bat boy and mascot for the local Connie Mack Athletics baseball team, and players used to rub the hump on his back for good luck before they went up to the plate. A local celebrity, 15,000 people lined up to view his body the day after he was shot in 1928.

Author’s Bio: Allen Abel has reported from more than 100 countries in a half-century as a network television correspondent, as a newspaper columnist and magazine journalist, as a Capitol Hill and White House reporter, as the Beijing bureau chief and featured sports columnist of the Toronto Globe and Mail, and as a regular contributor to Scientific American Worldview, Smithsonian Air & Space, Sports Illustrated, Maclean’s, Canadian Geographic, and En Route. He has won six National Magazine awards for political, travel, and sports writing and the National Newspaper Award.

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