Hall-of-Famer Gabby Hartnett Signs Autographs For Al Capone and His Son – 1931
Associated Press Photo From Chicago
Al Capone takes his son to the ball game surrounded by his watchful lieutenants. Chicago’s gang chief and his 12-year-old son, Al Jr., get Gabby Hartnett of the Cubs to autograph a baseball just before the Cubs defeated the White Sox, 3 to 0, in a charity game before 35,000 spectators at Comiskey Park, Chicago, Sept. 9. Pictures of Capone before the public are not frequent, and a pose with his son is rare. He affectionately calls the boy “Sonny.”
Note the watchfulness of one of his bodyguards directly behind him. A pop-corn vendor evidently rubbed his shoulder and he looks ready to protect his chief. 9-9-31
This photograph made me wonder if Al Capone’s bodyguards were licensed to carry firearms and if they were packing heat when they visited Comiskey Park? It certainly looks like the bodyguard is reaching into his jacket to pull out his “roscoe” or maybe it was his wallet to pay for the popcorn.
One other thing to note: “Sonny,” does not look thrilled to be at the ballpark, much less getting an autograph from Gabby Hartnett.
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The bodyguard with his head turned away and his hand in his jacket is none other than “Machine Gun” Jack McGurn, a key figure in the Capone syndicate. Other photos taken from different angles clearly show his face. McGurn was likely one of the planners of the 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. He himself would be shot to death in a bowling alley in 1936.
lol. It’s just a wallet I assume. And in the picture, I can tell the 12-year-old guy was glaring at him.