On this day, July 6, in 1932, Chicago Cubs shortstop Bill Jurges was shot twice by a spurned girlfriend, Violet Popovich Valli.
Jurges, 24, had tried to break up with the attractive showgirl when she showed up at his Chicago hotel. Three shots were fired. One bullet hit the shortstop's little finger, while another struck his rib and ricocheted out of his right shoulder. Valli was hit once in her arm.
Police found a suicide note left by Valli.
Authorities dropped charges against Valli after Jurges announced in court that he would not testify and he didn't want to see Valli prosecuted.
Jurges recovered to become an regular all-star and help lead the Cubs to three National League championships.
- Scott McCabe