Golfing Gangsters: Al Capone’s Chicago Outfit Would Have Loved the Ryder Cup
9:55 AM EDT, Wed September 26, 2012
Sitting pretty —
American gangster Al Capone was far more lethal with his machine gun than his golf clubs. According to his former caddie, Tim Sullivan, Capone needed 60 shots just to clear the front nine.
Capone's cronies —
According to Sullivan, Capone played with stakes of $500 a hole and often played with fellow gangsters "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn, Fred "The Killer" Burke and Jake "Greasy Thumb" Guzik.
Different ball game —
As well as being a huge golf fan, Capone loved his baseball. Sitting alongside his son, Albert (Sonny) Capone, he chats to Chicago Cubs player Gaby Hartnett.
Welcome to Alcatraz —
Capone was in and out of prison for much of his life and was transferred to Alcatraz after a stint in an Atlanta jail for tax evasion. He spent over four years at one of the most infamous prisons in the United States.
Behind bars —
There was not any space to swing a club inside Capone's cell on Alcatraz. According to his niece, Deirdre Marie Capone, the gangster remained in love with golf until his final days. She said: "'I remember seeing his bag of clubs in the house in Miami where he lived. He told me they'd been made for him in Scotland.''
Final hole —
Capone, or "Scarface" as he was nicknamed, passed away on January 25, 1947 at the age of 48.
Gangster's paradise —
Capone lived a life of luxury in Miami. He bought the 36,000-square-feet island property at 93 Palm Avenue for a measly $40,000 in 1928. After recent renovations, it is now worth an estimated $9.95 million.