I grew up at 422 Mickle Street and left in March 1953 to join the Air Force. At that time there was very little crime in the neighborhood. Jersey Joe Walcott lived at 331 Mickle Street, when he became World Heavy Weight Champion. Yes, the numbers was played and law enforcement looked the other way. Mayor Brunner was in office for many years and was a big time poker player. When I was 12 years old, he played at 3rd and Berkley in a place called 3rd Ward Social Club. Big time players came there from far away places to play in this game. Mayor Brunner was always escorted by policeman to and from. I earned very big tips from the players, by riding up on my bicycle to the White Tower to pick up food and drinks, in the wee hours of the morning.Ted Cannon, November 2008
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