All posts by Jon Ruggiero

Historical Home Run: Playing ‘Base Ball’ From The 1800s

Toledo has, and is close to, a lot of great baseball games in the summer. The Mud Hens are in the heart of Downtown, and the Tigers and Indians are a short trip away. For more baseball fun, instead of traveling to a different place,  travel through time and catch a historical base ball game.

Banana Mob Rule: Produce, Blackmail and the Mafia in Ohio

Weird historical tidbits like this fill the pages of Ohio’s Black Hand Syndicate: The Birth of Organized Crime in America, a new book published by Arcadia Press, that looks at the rise of organized crime in Ohio, thanks to the John Amicon Brothers and Company fruit store in Marion.