Great Game Previews In History: 14 November 2013

by J.R.

Today In History

sticker,375x360.u2In the wildly-misspelled town of Apalachin, New York, a state trooper named Edgar Croswell did some top-notch police work.

Aware that Bonano crime family boss Carmine Galante had earlier visited the country estate of Joseph “Joe The Barber” Barbara of the Bufalino crime family. Croswell learned that Galante had an extensive New York City criminal record (including a revoked driver’s license), so he put Barbara’s house under surveillance. Then, because word travels fast in a small town, he learned that Barbara’s son was booking up most of the town’s hotel rooms and ordering a prodigious amount of meat. Thus, he stepped up security.

State police saw an extensive number of luxury cars parked at the Barbara home and set up a roadblock.

As a result of the road block, on November 14, 1957, more than 100 mafioso were arrested in the midst of the Apalachin Meeting, a gathering of the bosses set to discuss La Cosa Nostra operations such as gambling, casinos and narcotics dealing along with the dividing the illegal operations controlled by the recently killed Albert Anastasia and to attempt to stop the looming Gambino-Genovese war.

Some of the gangsters were arrested fleeing through the woods, ruining their expensive suits and scattering $100 bills that would be found by locals for months after and also inspiring Paul Holmgren’s GMing style.

Interestingly, Eliot H. Lumbard, one of the prosecutors in the case, died recently.

Avalanche at Blues, 7 PM/6 PM Mountain

Records: Avalanche (14-3-0, 28 points, 1st in Conference III); Blues (11-2-3, 25 points, 4th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: The Blues clinched their playoff spot with a 3-1 win at Scottrade Center on April 23.

Last 10: Colorado 8-2-0; St. Louis 6-1-3

Historical Context: A team thought inconsequential caught a gang of toughs unawares. Avs. Blues. See what I’m getting at.

Coyotes at Blackhawks, 7 PM

Records: Coyotes (13-4-2, 28 points, 2nd in Pacific); Blackhawks (12-2-4, 28 points, 2nd in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Hawks won 3-2 in a shootout at the United Center April 20.

Last 10: Phoenix 8-2-0; Chicago 7-1-2

Historical Context: With every bust like Apalachin — though this was the biggest — the suspicion was that the Mafia would finally be destroyed, but like the Coyotes, they kept (and keep?) clinging to life.

Stars at Flames, 8 PM

Records: Stars (9-7-2, 20 points, 5th in Conference III); Flames (6-9-3, 15 points, 6th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Alex Chiasson had two and one in a 5-1 Dallas win Oct. 24 in Big D.

Last 10: Dallas 6-2-2;  Calgary 2-7-1

Historical Context: The roadblock was discovered when one of Barbara’s henchmen left the estate to “get some more fish.” All the meat in town and they still needed fish? Unconfirmed, of course, but Jay Feaster was probably there.