John Rogers was a prolific forger of sports memorabilia who fleeced
banks and individual investors out of millions of dollars. And although
his victims are unlikely to be repaid, Rogers’ fraud has provided an
unexpected benefit for a group of inner-city teen baseball players in
Earlier this week on the city’s South Side—an area known for gang
violence and homicides—Special Agent Brian Brusokas and nearly 20 other
FBI employees from the Bureau’s Chicago Division delivered 125
Louisville Slugger bats and dozens of baseballs to young players whose
leagues are sponsored by the Chicago White Sox organization.
equipment was seized during the Rogers fraud case, and after the forged
signatures of Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Albert Pujols, and other famous
players were chemically removed or blacked out, the bats and balls found
a new home among youngsters who have embraced baseball as a way to stay
out of trouble and to possibly earn a college scholarship.