The Show Girl and the Shortstop: The Strange Saga of Violet Popovich and Her Shooting of Cub Billy Jurges

By Jack Bales

This article was published in the Fall 2016 Baseball Research Journal.

In 1932, a young woman named Violet Popovich shot and wounded Cubs shortstop Billy Jurges. What really happened, and who was Violet Popovich? "So, turn the key with me and enter Room 509 of the [Hotel Carlos], the most famous place in Chicago that you barely knew existed." — (Kankakee, Illinois) Daily Journal and (Ottawa, Illinois) Daily Times, April 10, 2010 . . .

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