Jacksonville Public Library Event Calendar

Date: 2/1/2022
Time: 7:00 PM -
Title: Library Event: 'The Chicago Cub Shot for Love: A Showgirl's Crime of Passion and the 1932 World Series' (on Zoom and In-Person)
Contact: Sarah, 217-243-5435
Location: Jacksonville Public Library Meeting Room or on Zoom
Description: On July 6, 1932, Violet Popovich argued with her former boyfriend, Chicago Cub Billy Jurges, and pulled a gun out of her purse. Both were wounded in the ensuing struggle, but Jurges refused to press charges. Even without their star shortstop, Chicago made it to the World Series, only to be on the wrong end of Babe Ruth's legendary "Called Shot" home run. Join Jack Bales, author of The Chicago Cub Shot for Love: A Showgirl's Crime of Passion and the 1932 World Series, as he uses original photographs, newspaper articles, and interviews with Popovich and Jurges family members to profile the lives of the ill-fated couple and trace the ripple effects of the shooting on the Cubs' tumultuous season. 

Jack Bales is a native of Aurora, IL and received his B.A. in English from Illinois College. In 1980, he moved to Fredericksburg and served as the Reference and Humanities Librarian for forty years at the University of Mary Washington. 

This presentation will take place on Zoom and can be viewed at home or on the TV in the library's meeting room. To register to be on Zoom, please email Sarah at ssnyder@jaxpl.org to receive the Zoom link. No registration required for in-person attendance. 


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