First Round KO

In 1947, Sinatra was arrested the day after getting into a fight with Hearst newspaper columnist Lee Mortimer, who had been writing negative items about the singer being involved with both the Mob and the Communist Party.

One night outside of Ciro’s in Los Angeles, he punched the writer in the face. “It was all over in about 15 seconds,” Sinatra said later. “I hit him right on the jaw. It’s the only place I know to hit a man and knock him down.” Later, Time magazine wrote that the Hearst papers gave the story “headlines and space almost fit for an attempted political assassination.”