The Wire focused largely on the Baltimore docks in its second season, introducing many new characters to the cast. Characters from the docks include the working stevedores and their families as well as the criminal organization that controls smuggling through the Baltimore docks.

Sobotka family

The Sobotka family is a Polish American Baltimore family. The head of the family is Frank, a treasurer for the local union. The Sobotkas are hated by Southeastern District commander Stanislaus Valchek who has a long-standing feud with Frank.

Frank Sobotka
Main article: Frank Sobotka

Frank Sobotka was a respected longshoremen's local union leader who became involved with an organized crime smuggling operation in order to finance a political campaign to sustain the docks.

Joan Sobotka
Main article: Joan Sobotka

Joan is Nick's mother.

Louis Sobotka
Main article: Louis Sobotka

Louis is Frank Sobotka's elder brother and Nick's father.

Nick Sobotka
Main article: Nick Sobotka

A well-liked young Stevedore with extensive family connections to the Baltimore port and links to the criminal underworld.

Ziggy Sobotka
Main article: Ziggy Sobotka

Ziggy is an impulsive and often reckless young checker at the docks with a desire to prove himself and a respected father to live up to.

Dock workers

The dock workers are all members of the Baltimore Union of the International Brotherhood of Stevedores. They are also hated by Southeastern District commander Stan Valchek who views them as nothing more than dishonorable thieves stealing anything that comes into the port.

Nat Coxson
Main article: Nat Coxson

Nat Coxson is a bald-headed African-American stevedore who is a union president.

Vernon "Ott" Motley
Main article: Vernon Motley

Vernon Ott" Motley is a moustached older African-American stevedore.

Little Big Roy
Main article: Little Big Roy

Little Big Roy is a large, balding, Polish crew chief.

Thomas "Horseface" Pakusa
Main article: Thomas Pakusa

Thomas "Horseface" Pakusa is a stevedore and a loyal friend to Frank Sobotka.

Johnny "Fifty" Spamanto
Main article: Johnny Spamanto

Johnny "Fifty" Spamanto is a young checker from Frank Sobotka's union.

Big Roy
Main article: Big Roy

Big Roy is a ponytailed white stevedore who is much smaller than his colleague Little Big Roy .

Main article: Chess

Chess is an older African-American stevedore.

La La
Main article: La La

La La is a younger African-American stevedore.

Main article: Maui

Maui is a physically imposing caucasian stevedore.

The Greeks

Main article: The Greeks

The Greeks are an international smuggling and organized crime organization with several Eastern European members in Baltimore.


Main article: Aimee

Aimee is Nick Sobotka's girlfriend and they have a daughter named Ashley.

Main article: Delores

Delores is the owner of a neighborhood bar frequented by the stevedores.

Bruce DiBiago
Main article: Bruce DiBiago

DiBiago is Frank Sobotka's lobbyist with heavy political contacts.


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