After searching for Jimmy Hoffa in a wooded area of Oakland County, Mich., with the “best lead yet,” workers found a diary kept by the former Teamster president, who has been missing since 1975.
Several passages referred to searches for his body and speculation where he might be found.
Scoffing at reports he is buried in one of several locations throughout the country, including the end zone of now-demolished Giants Stadium in New Jersey, Hoffa wrote he made his way to Chicago finding a job as a vendor at Wrigley Field.
Having begun work at the Friendly Confines in 1980, five years after his disappearance, the former union boss sold Frosty Malt ice cream on warm days and game day programs on colder days at a stand located just inside the home plate entrance.
The vendor thought to be Hoffa was known as “Snaggletooth” for his protruding front teeth.
Hoffa, who would have turned 100 years old last Valentine’s day, wrote, “I fell in love with the Cubs in 1945 while watching the team in the World Series at Tiger Stadium. Becoming a vendor consummated my love.”
The last entry in the diary read, “That little four-eyed bastard stuck his hand over the wall. Back in my day, I’d have sent the boys over to his seat with baseball bats and clubbed his skinny ass back to 1962.”
It was written on October 14, 2003, coincidentally, the night the Cubs lost game six of the National League Championship Series to the Florida Marlins.