The Mob, the Mayor, and Pinball
Why 20th-Century Law Enforcement Wielded a “Sledgehammer of Decency” on the Game Machines
Soon after I founded the Pacific Pinball Museum, an ex-police officer contacted me, offering to sell a rare artifact that was once confiscated by the Oakland Police force.
The object in question was a Bally Bumper pinball machine from 1936. For many, this machine is the quintessential pinball experience. You launch a ball up a slanted table and try to …