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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

How the mob, politics, a burlesque dancer and The Babe shaped the ‘32 World Series

There’s a story here. This building used to be the Sheffield House Hotel, and before that it was the Hotel Carlos, as the baroque carvings on the entryway still announce. All of that, though, was before a reported 53 code violations ended the building’s days as a single-room occupancy hotel. It’s now luxury condos.
Back in the 1930s, the Hotel Carlos was a popular choice for Cubs players seeking a place to live during the season. Shortstop Billy Jurges, who toiled for the Cubs from 1931 through 1938 before being traded to the Giants, was one of those players. He lived in room 509. Jurges’ girlfriend, Violet Popovich, also lived in the Hotel Carlos. On July 6, 1932, not long after Jurges broke things off, she wrote the following note:

A fun read from Dayn.

Meatwad Posted: October 18, 2017 at 06:59 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: babe ruth, corruption, cubs, wrigley field, yankees

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   1. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 19, 2017 at 01:06 PM (#5558136)
Good story.
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 19, 2017 at 01:26 PM (#5558146)
Cool, I used to live directly across the street from that building.
   3. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 19, 2017 at 01:57 PM (#5558162)
Fun story, even if there's no real punch line to it.
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 19, 2017 at 02:37 PM (#5558181)
To say that those events "shaped" the World Series is highly inaccurate. The article merely recounts the other things that happened that year. Interesting, or even educational for those unfamiliar with the history, but the click-bait headline suggests some juicy revelations about how the mob or politicians affected the World Series outcome. There are none, not surprisingly.
   5. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: October 19, 2017 at 02:41 PM (#5558186)
Pretty cool walk-through, in a Boardwalk Empire/"1927 Diary of Myles Thomas" kind of way.

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