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Crime History: Gambler sent to prison for extortion of Yankees owner

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On this day, Dec. 10, 1991, Bronx gambler Howard Spira was sentenced to nearly two years in prison for trying to extort money from Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. Four years earlier, Steinbrenner paid Spira $40,000 to dig up dirt on Yankees star Dave Winfield. Spira, who owed $100,000 to Mafia connected bookies, promised proof that the outfielder has been spending Winfield's charity money on...

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