Max “Boo Boo” Hoff was born in 1892 in South Philadelphia, a son of poor Russian-Jewish immigrants. After quitting school, Boo Boo worked for several years in a cigar store where the service also included gambling. His salary was raised from $12 a week to $15 after the proprietor noticed how his amiable personality appealed to customers. But Boo Boo wanted to be his own boss. So, in 1917, he started a gambling operation in the section of Philadelphia now known as Society Hill. There was a poolroom on the first floor and a dice game usually was going full blast upstairs.
Max “Boo Boo” Hoff did considerable business with Max Hassel, whose bootleg beer operation was based in northeastern Pennsylvania, and Mickey Duffy, who operated in Philadelphia and Camden.
Max “Boo Boo” Hoff was born in 1892 in South Philadelphia, a son of poor Russian-Jewish immigrants. After quitting school, Boo Boo worked for several years in a cigar store where the service also included gambling. His salary was raised from $12 a week to $15 after the proprietor noticed how his amiable personality appealed…
Although he used his involvement in boxing as a front for his other activities, boxing played an important role in Boo Boo’s life. In the late 1920s, he had the largest stable of prizefighters in the nation, and he staged boxing matches for many years at several Philadelphia sites. None of his boxers won a…
Before one of the largest crowds that ever witnessed a boxing shot at the Convention Hall, Vincent Forgione, of Philadelphia. won the referee’s decision over Babe McCorgary, of Oklahoma, in the last-half of the double-windup of the all-star benefit, show staged last night by the Coree Mathews-Purnell Post, No. 518. Veterans of Foreign Wars. More…
Successful so far in a comeback campaign launched recently, Joe Bashara, hard-hitting middleweight from Baltimore, will stack up against a tough customer in one of the preliminary bouts at the all-star show arranged by the Matthew Purnell Post 518, Veterans of Foreign Wars, at the Camden Convention Hall next Tuesday.
Philadelphia, Sept 6—Edward S. Goldberg, proprietor of the Military Sales company, believed to have been the man who supplied Philadelphia gangsters with machine guns and bullet proof vests today faced arraignment before Magistrate E.J. Pennock on perjury charges as a result of the latest development in the inquiry into the underworld here.