The Big League Prospect Who Became a Mob Hit Man

He could always hit. A 6-foot-2 prospect out of Brookline, Mass., the scholarly Lerner batted .364 as a high school senior. The brief caption beneath his yearbook portrait conveyed a singular purpose (“Baseball, 2,3,4”) and that singular nickname: Pro. It was supposedly derived from having been called Little Professor as a precocious child.

Lerner claimed to have enjoyed a happy childhood, spending part of his youth in a duplex on Verndale Street, about two miles from Fenway Park. But his son, Glen Lerner, disputes this assertion of boyhood happiness. Maury’s father, Glen says, never told Maury he loved him, never went to his ballgames.

Maybe this explains things, he says.

Maybe.

Lerner signed with the Washington Senators at 18 and was…

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