His day job as a ballplayer in the minor league wasn't working out too well by the early 1960s, and so Maurice Lerner turned to organized crime as a hitman for mob boss Raymond Patriarca as reported by The New York Times: "when certain people disappeared or stopped breathing, Lerner often seemed to be, shall we say, part of the postmortem conversation." Of course, since it's from the Times, the story predictably flails in its trite attempt to provide a humanizing explanation for Lerner's degeneracy: "Maury's father . . . never told Maury he loved him, never went to his ballgames," and "maybe Lerner had gravitated toward father figures who had led him astray."