Jack and Barney: An American story

How parallel lives intersected with boxing and the JFK assassination

Originally Published: November 28, 2013
By Barry Abrams | Special to ESPN.com

Chicago has almost always been considered a loose place, a breeding ground for colorful characters and stories straight out of a Damon Runyon novel. In the early 20th century, Al Capone and the Black Sox scandal embodied the culture of gangland Chicago: anything goes.

On the far west side of town, the North Lawndale area known as the Maxwell Street Ghetto became the Jewish enclave in the 1910s and 1920s. Don't think, though, that the term "Jewish" meant that the children living ...

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