Tony “Joe Batters” Accardo
By Andy Grimm, Tribune
With a half-dozen people aboard a tour bus looking on, Greg Gullo chipped grounders to his son with a fungo bat in his River Forest front yard.
The bus wasn’t at his house so passengers could admire Gullo’s swing last weekend, but there was a time when seeing the owner of the home in the 1400 block of Monroe Street with a baseball bat in his hands would have gotten a lot of attention. As tour guide John Binder explained, the four-bedroom house was an early purchase of up-and-coming mobster Tony “Joe Batters” Accardo — nicknamed by Al Capone for his skill at pummeling people with blunt objects.
“I think the first time the tour came by, my kids were actually out in the yard playing cops-and-robbers with squirt guns,” Gullo recalled. “Everyone on the bus kind of stood up and watched.” read the rest Click here: Tour exposes underbelly of Outfit’s upper class – Chicago Tribune