Love, Scandal, Baseball!

Brookfield Reads, our annual community-wide reading and book discussion initiative returns this summer with The Chicago Cub Shot for Love by Jack Bales.

The book follows the true story of a showgirl’s crime of passion during the summer of 1932 when the Cubs and the Yankees were in the pennant race for the World Series. Principal players in the book are Violet Popovich, a showgirl, and Billy Jurges, a shortstop for the Cubs. The book also highlights another interesting occurrence that summer: Babe Ruth’s “Called Shot” home run.

Join us in exploring this scandalous true crime, along with other, lesser known bits of baseball trivia. Print copies of The Chicago Cub Shot for Love are available at the Adult & Teen Services Desk and may be requested online through the SWAN catalog. Digital copies are also available via Hoopla. 

Meet Jack Bales here!

Author Event with Jack Bales!
Saturday, August 13 @ 2 p.m.

Join us for our Brookfield Reads Finale with author and baseball historian Jack Bales, who will answer all your questions on the Cubs, baseball in Chicago, and the dark underbelly of America’s pastime.

Additional Events

Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Thursday, June 30 @ 7 p.m.
There's nothing quite as iconic as a good seventh inning stretch singalong. Join us in kicking off our Brookfield Reads Summer of Baseball with a talk on the history of baseball stadium music by Musicology Professor Matthew Mihalka.

Baseball in the Wild West
Thursday, July 28 @ 7 p.m.

Baseball and the Wild West are icons of American culture. History Professor Bruce Allardice shares how baseball and the Wild West developed together, from Abilene, Kansas to Tombstone, Arizona. 

Book Discussions for The Chicago Cub Shot for Love

Community Book Discussion
Thursday, August 4 @ 7 p.m.

Non-Fiction Book Club
Thursday, August 11 @ 7 p.m.

The Chicago Cub Shot for Love by Jack Bales