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Bob Cress’ younger brother Joe was downright evil

Joe Cress was an evil, violent man. Next youngest to his brother, Bob, Joe was only 18 in April 1912, when he shot and killed Emanuel Steinke, a fellow laborer at Washington Brick & Lime’s Edgecliff kiln, because Steinke refused to hand over his bankroll.

Caught stealing: Bob Cress, baseball player and jail-breaker

Whether Bob Cress was behind home plate, on the lam or behind bars, there was always some sort of a catch. As a ballplayer, he couldn’t hit. As a fugitive, he didn’t plan ahead. As a prisoner, he wasn’t inclined to hang around.