The ’41 Season at Plainfield Teachers College, When Every Play Was a Fake

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Illustration by Jeffrey Smith

Before reviewing one of the greatest hoaxes in sports history, let’s first meet the perpetrators: Morris Newburger, Lew Krupnick and Bink Dannenbaum.

Mr. Newburger was a senior partner at the Wall Street brokerage firm Newburger, Loeb & Company. Two of his passions were sports and pranks. One time, for a friend’s birthday party, Mr. Newburger sent 12 trained seals. Another time, when his wife, a Manhattan socialite, was having a dinner party, he had a telegram delivered: “If you ever invite these people to my house again, don’t include me.” It…

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