September 22, 2023

UMW’s Simpson Library Displays Chicago Cubs Exhibit

Fredericksburg, Va. – The University of Mary Washington’s Simpson Library will highlight an exhibit of books and photographs on the Chicago Cubs through Friday, October 14. The exhibit, “Before They Were Loveable Losers: The Pennant-Winning Chicago Cubs,” is on display on the first floor of Simpson Library during regular library hours.

The exhibit details noteworthy events in the team’s history, particularly its National League pennants from 1929 through 1945. It also examines the careers of some of the notable players on those teams.

The Chicago Cubs exhibit is the work of Jack Bales, reference and humanities librarian, who incorporated some of his own research into the display. Bales said that although the Cubs are often overlooked, “various teams and players over the years have nonetheless either made their marks on baseball history, or, at the very least, achieved some degree of enviable success.” In 1906, for example, the Cubs won 116 games and lost only 36, still a major league record.

The exhibit features players including Hall of Famer Hack Wilson, catcher Leo “Gabby” Hartnett, Phil Cavarretta and Chuck Connors, before he achieved fame in Hollywood as “The Rifleman.”

For more information about the exhibit, call the Simpson Library at (540) 654-1780.

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.


  1. This is a great display — don’t miss it if you have even the most cursory interest in the Cubs. Congratulations to Jack Bales, who is the wonderful curator/creator/writer/historian/researcher who put it together in such a beautiful fashion.

  2. Well I love the Cubs! Since I will be in the area around the beginning of October, I will def. try to check out this exhibit.

  3. Hey I’ve been a Cubs fan since before it was cool to be one 🙂 I’ll check out the exhibit for sure!