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“No, I did not say sixth sense, Walter O’Malley, I said six cents.” Those words could have been spoken by a Justice Walter Hart after hearing a verdict in Brooklyn Supreme Court forcing Dodger President O’Malley to pay six cents to settle a law suit. The bizarre suit ended on June 14, 1951 in which O’Malley had to pay the change to Harold A. Rich, who identified himself as a bank vice president. Rich had sued O’Malley for a “finder’s fee” involving O’Malley’s purchase of stock in the New York Subways Advertising Company in 1950. Apparently, after the six cents were paid, all was forgiven and Rich was a little richer.

Source: Politics and People column, Harold H. Harris, June 15, 1951


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