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William Frederick Jurges (May 9, 1908, Bronx, New York - March 3, 1997, Clearwater, Florida) was a shortstop, manager, coach and scout in American Major League Baseball. During the 1930s, he was central to three (1932, 1935 and 1938) National League championship Chicago Cubs teams. In July 1932, Jurges recovered from gunshot wounds - suffered when he tried to wrestle a weapon from a distraught former girlfriend bent on suicide - to help lead the Cubs to the NL flag. May 9 is the 129th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (130th in leap years). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1908 is a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Bronx is one of the five boroughs of United States. ... Jump to: navigation, search March 3 is the 62nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (63rd in leap years). ... 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... View looking west from downtown Clearwater toward Cleawater Beach. ... The position of the shortstop A shortstop moves to his left, toward the center of the field, to play a ground ball Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball fielding position between second and third base. ... Jump to: navigation, search In baseball, the head coach of a team is called the manager; this individual controls matters of team strategy on the field and team leadership. ... In the baseball game, the coach is a member of the team at bat stationed near first or third base to signal and direct the runners and batters. ... Professional sports scouts are trained talent evaluators who travel extensively for the purposes of watching athletes play their chosen sports and determining whether their set of skills and talents represent what is needed by the scouts organization. ... Jump to: navigation, search MLB logo Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... See also: 1931 in sports, 1933 in sports and the list of years in sports. Baseball Brooklyns major league baseball team, known informally until now as the Superbas, the Robins, or the Trolley Dodgers, officially selects the name Brooklyn Dodgers. ... See also: 1934 in sports, 1936 in sports and the list of years in sports. Baseball On May 25, Babe Ruth has a last hurrah, hitting three home runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates. ... See also: 1937 in sports, 1939 in sports and the list of years in sports. Baseball World Series: New York Yankees defeat the Chicago Cubs, 4-0. ... This article refers to the American baseball league. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Chicago Cubs are a Major League Baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ...

Jurges was a light hitter – he batted only .258 in 1,816 games over 17 seasons – but he was a good defensive shortstop. During his eight seasons (1931-38) in Chicago, he anchored an infield of Stan Hack (third base), Billy Herman (second base), and Charlie Grimm or Phil Cavarretta (first base). He then played seven more seasons (1939-45) with the New York Giants before returning to the Cubs as a player-coach (1946-47). In 1940, he was hit in the head by a pitched ball and missed over 90 games, but he recovered to play regularly for the Giants from 1941-43. Batting average is a statistic in both baseball and cricket measuring the performance of baseball hitters and cricket batsmen, respectively. ... Stan Hack, a major league baseball player known as Smilin Stan for his good-natured appearance, was the regular third baseman for the Chicago Cubs during one of their greatest runs as a franchise, from the early 1930s to the mid 1940s. ... The position of the third baseman A third baseman, abbreviated 3B, is the player in the sport of baseball whose responsibility is to defend the area nearest to third base, the third of four bases a baserunner must touch in a counterclockwise succession in order to score a run. ... William Jennings Bryan Herman (July 7, 1909 - September 5, 1992) was a Major League Baseball player during the 1930s and 1940s. ... The position of the second baseman A second baseman is the baseball player guarding second base. ... Charlie Grimm (August 28, 1898 - November 15, 1983), was a popular major league baseball first baseman and manager, sometime radio broadcaster, and generally a goodwill ambassador for baseball. ... Philip Joseph Cavarretta (born July 19, 1916 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former first baseman and outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Chicago Cubs for 19 consecutive seasons (1934-1953) and the Chicago White Sox (1954-1955). ... The position of the first baseman First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a base runner in order to score a run for that players team. ... The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball team based in San Francisco, California. ...

After leaving the Cubs, Jurges managed briefly in the farm systems of the Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Braves, before returning to the coaching ranks with the original Washington Senators in 1956. In 1959 he was plucked out of relative obscurity when, in July, he was named the surprise manager of the Boston Red Sox, who had fired Pinky Higgins. Jurges was able to rally Boston in '59: the Bosox won 44 of 80 games under him – improving from eighth to fifth place – and finally broke the color line with the promotion of Pumpsie Green from AAA. The farm system is a slang term in American Major League Baseball. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Cleveland Indians are a Major League Baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... The Atlanta Braves are a Major League Baseball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... The Minnesota Twins are a Major League Baseball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... See also: 1958 in sports, 1960 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: Lee Petty won the inaugural Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship — Lee Petty Indianapolis 500 — Rodger Ward USAC Racing — Rodger Ward Formula One Champion — Australia 24 hours of Le Mans: Carroll Shelby... Jump to: navigation, search The Boston Red Sox are a Major League Baseball team located in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Michael Franklin Pinky Higgins (May 27, 1909 - March 21, 1969) was a Major League Baseball player for three teams and the manager or general manager of the Boston Red Sox during the period of 1955 through 1965. ... Color Line is a Norwegian ferry company with lines from Norway to Denmark, Sweden and Germany. ... Topps baseball card - 1960 Series, #317 Elijah Jerry (Pumpsie) Green (born October 27, 1933 in Oakland, California) is a former Major League Baseball backup infielder who played with the Boston Red Sox (1959-62) and New York Mets (1963). ...

But the Red Sox, facing the end of Ted Williams' great career in 1960, were a team in disarray. Composed of aging veterans and mostly unpromising youngsters, the 1960 Red Sox fell into the American League basement after losing 27 of their first 42 games. Jurges, an intense competitor, suffered in an alien organization composed largely of cronies of owner Tom Yawkey. The Red Sox front office was about to undergo a massive shakeup, with Jurges' patron, general manager Bucky Harris, on his way out the door. On June 8, Jurges left the team, citing illness. (Some Boston baseball writers believe he suffered from nervous exhaustion.) He was fired two days later, and, after coach Del Baker handled the team for a week, Higgins returned to the manager's post he had lost 11 months before. Ted Williams & Tom Yawkey Theodore Samuel Williams (August 30, 1918 – July 5, 2002), nicknamed The Splendid Splinter, Teddy Ballgame, The Thumper and The Kid, was an American left fielder in Major League Baseball who played 19 seasons, twice interrupted by military service as a Marine Corps pilot, with the Boston... See also: 1959 in sports, other events of 1960, 1961 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Junior Johnson won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Rex White Indianapolis 500 - Jim Rathmann USAC Racing - A.J. Foyt won the season championship Formula One Championship... The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... Ted Williams & Tom Yawkey Thomas Austin Tom Yawkey (February 21, 1903 - October 10, 1976) was an American industrialist and Major League Baseball executive. ... The general manager in the sense contemplated in this article is the executive of a professional sports team responsible primarily for acquiring the rights to player personnel, negotiation of their contracts and reassignment or dismissal of players no longer desired on the team. ... Stanley Raymond Bucky Harris (November 8, 1896 - November 8, 1977) was a Major League Baseball player, manager and executive. ... Delmer David Baker (May 3, 1892, Sherwood, Oregon - September 11, 1973, San Antonio, Texas) was a catcher, coach and manager in American Major League Baseball. ...

Jurges never managed again in baseball (his final record was 59 wins, 63 losses - .484) but he scouted for the Houston Astros, the expansion Washington Senators club and the Texas Rangers. Jump to: navigation, search The Houston Astros are a Major League Baseball team based in Houston, Texas. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Texas Rangers are a Major League Baseball team based in Arlington, Texas, a suburb in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Texas Rangers are a Major League Baseball team based in Arlington, Texas, a suburb in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. ...

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Billy Jurges | BaseballLibrary.com (838 words)
Jurges and second baseman Billy Herman, a fellow rookie and former Louisville teammate, became the league's premier double-play combination and teamed in three World Series during the 1930s.
Jurges intervened and took a bullet in the hand and another through the ribs.
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Billy Jurges Baseball Stats by Baseball Almanac (227 words)
Billy Jurges was born on Saturday, May 9, 1908, in Bronx, New York.
Jurges was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on May 4, 1931, with the Chicago Cubs, and his Major League Baseball stats for every season he played, along with his career totals are on this page.
Billy Jurges's biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable) career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this Billy Jurges baseball statistics page.
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