The Herrin Massacre, as it is widely known, occurred in the aftermath of a bloody war between union and non-union miners at the Southern Illinois Coal Co. strip mine in 1922. About two dozen strikebreakers and guards were killed during the march from Crenshaw Crossing, where the William J. Lester strip pit was located between Marion and Herrin. Although a grand jury returned 214 indictments, including murder, no one was ever convicted for the killings.
This day in St. Louis: April 19, 1928 - Charlie Birger, a gangster during the Prohibition era, becomes the last man in Illinois to be publicly hanged. He is put to death in Benton for ordering the murder of the mayor of West City. #stl250
On April 28, 1929, policeman Sidney Block of the South Chicago district, off duty and in plain clothes, shot and killed a well-dressed young gunman who'd held up two 63rd Street shops. According to the Tribune, Block yelled
illie Mays' Catch 1954, Game 1 "I had it the whole time," Giants center fielder Willie Mays quipped after making his famous catch of a shot off the bat of Cleveland's Vic Wertz. He probably did. Depending on whom you talk to, Wertz hit the ball between 450 feet and 450 miles in the cavernous Polo Grounds, with runners on first and second in the top of the eighth of a 2-2 game. Mays' improbable over-the-shoulder catch saved two runs, and the Indians now had runners on first and third with…