Baseball fans to doff more than caps for Traficant night
NILES, Ohio (AP) -- Fans who go to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers minor-league baseball game on Wednesday should ditch the glove and take a toupee.
The Class-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians has made August 14 "Jim Traficant Night," and hairpiece wearers and sons of truck drivers get in free.
The former Ohio congressman, serving an eight-year prison sentence for bribery and racketeering, often calls himself "the son of a truck driver."
His gravity-defying hairstyle caused rampant speculation among journalists and residents on whether it was real or a rug, until he had to doff it for booking.
The baseball event also features a Traficant impersonator, Traficant trading cards and a mock election.
"Former Congressman Traficant played a vital role in attracting the franchise to the Mahoning Valley," general manager Andy Milovich said. "We felt a Jim Traficant Night would show our sincere gratitude for his efforts."
The House expelled Traficant in July, but he says he'll run for a 10th term from jail.