I didn’t put “must-click link” in the headline because there wasn’t room, but I kinda doubt I need to tell you that you need to click on this link, which takes you to a wonderful story by William Ryczek over at The National Pastime Museum.

The short version: in 1960 two big league umpires, Ed Runge and Bill McKinley, went to a strip club after working an Orioles game and met a couple of dancers. The next night, after working a game in Washington, the dancers invited them to their hotel room back in Maryland. Runge and McKinley went. After things started to get . . . a little intimate, a couple of goons broke into the room and snapped photos of it all.

Anyone who has seen “L.A. Confidential” knows that it was a shakedown from the start. One in which, in lieu of cash, the blackmailers suggested that Runge and McKinley help throw a baseball game. That, my friends, is about as much deep trouble you can imagine an umpire getting into.