Here’s one cut at an all-time list -
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Billy Jurges had some interesting things happen to him:
In 1932, Jurges played a central part in two seemingly unrelated acts. On July 6, his former girlfriend, lounge singer Violet Valli, called Jurges on the telephone, then entered his hotel room with a gun to attempt suicide. Jurges intervened and took a bullet in the hand and another through the ribs. There was a similar episode seventeen years later, also in Chicago, involving Eddie Waitkus (who, ironically, also played for the Cubs, but was then a Phillie), by Ruth Ann Steinhagen, a young woman obsessed with him. It’s possible that the Jurges incident, rather than the Waitkus shooting, is the real inspiration for the novel and film The Natural.
Jurges only missed three weeks, but the contending Cubs signed ex-Yankee shortstop Mark Koenig as insurance. Koenig, who went on to hit .353 the rest of the way, was voted a half-World Series share. The New York Yankees reacted strongly to this perceived “slight” and rode the Cubs unmercifully during the World Series, culminating in Babe Ruth’s “called shot” off of Charlie Root in Game 3.