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? It was selected as the winner of the 2017 McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award.   "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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